Mitchum BMWs line-up set for SCC Daytona event

Johnny Kanavas, Joe Safini, Christophe Contre and Izzy Sanchez ready for season opener.

Virginia Beach, VA – Mitchum Motorsports returns to Daytona International Speedway with the teams pair of BMW 128i ST class race cars for the opening round of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. 2013 marks the second season for the Mitchum BMWs in the CTSCC and the team plans to make the most of last season’s car development and challenge for the championship.

Mitchum Motorsports BMW
Mitchum Motorsports BMW

Photo by: Eric Gilbert

Headlining the driver lineup is Johnny Kanavas, who returns to the team after competing in the series in 2012. Kanavas will share the #63 Destiny Waters with Joe Safini as they tackle the high banks of famed Daytona International Speedway. Safini, who has five Rolex 24 at Daytona starts to his credit, has also previously finished on the podium in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

“This is the first time Joe and Johnny will share driving duties but I have no doubt they will be great teammates,” said team principal Chris Mitchum. “Johnny raced with us in 2012 and Joe has raced for me in a couple of Rolex 24 events so I know their personalities and driving styles – these two guys, in this BMW, are going to be a strong contender for a podium finish.”

Mitchum’s sister BMW will be co-driven by Izzy Sanchez and Christophe Contre. Sanchez competed in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series in 2012 racking up three top-ten finishes along the way. Both drivers have tested over the off-season with Mitchum and have shown great speed in the #62 BMW.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eric Gilbert , Johnny Kanavas , Christophe Contre
Article type Breaking news
Tags bmw, continental, contre, daytona, kanavas, mitchum, safini, sanchez