Strong Run At NJMP before Fire Sidelines Mitchum Motorsports MILLVILLE, NJ (July 17, 2010) - The ...
Strong Run At NJMP before Fire Sidelines Mitchum Motorsports
MILLVILLE, NJ (July 17, 2010) - The #6.2 Mitchum Motorsports Camaro was running fourth in the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Garden State 250 before a non-OEM braided fuel line burst on lap 19 causing a fire and early retirement from the race.
Joey Atterbury qualified the Camaro in the top ten for the first time this season with his fifth place grid position in this morning's session. Co-driver Ted Anthony, Jr and Atterbury were feeling confident for the race and looking for a top five finish. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be for Mitchum Motorsports today.
"Joey was amazing in the car today, both in qualifying and the race. Our best starting position of the season and Joey was running with the leaders before the fire", said team principle Chris Mitchum. "The best news of the day is that Joey wasn't injured in the fire and the GRAND-AM mandated fire suppression system did its job protecting the driver. We have already begun a long list of repairs here at the track and with Riley Technologies' support we know we will be back charging to the front at Three Rivers next month."
"The car was great today. I am so disappointed to have not been able to finish the race. It is really too bad. The crew worked so hard and this was supposed to be Ted's (Anthony, Jr) first race with us", said Atterbury.
Despite the disappointment, Anthony, Jr managed to find the bright side of his first race weekend with Mitchum. "Joey, Chris and the entire crew are great to work with. We showed that when we work as a team we can run the #6.2 Camaro at the front of the pack", said Anthony, Jr. "I am looking forward to running the rest of the season with Mitchum Motorsports."
Mitchum added, "Despite the disappointing result we learned a lot this weekend - about the car and drivers. We'll continue to work to develop our drivers over the rest of the season and will without a doubt continue our progress up the leader board."
The next race of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge is August 13th at Three Rivers Circuit, in Three Rivers Quebec.
-source: mitchum motorsports