Mitchum Motorsports makes its return to the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge at Watkins Glen this weekend in full force. Both the #62 and #63 BMW 128i-ST racecars will be fielded by a plethora of talent.
“It is going to feel really good to get back to it at Watkins Glen. No one likes missing races, but, I feel like we have regrouped as a team, and are ready to go racing with Grand-Am again.” says team principal, Chris Mitchum. Though the team was absent from the grid at the previous two rounds, they have been far from idle; keeping busy with club racing and developing professional racing. “We have been in it away from the track, not just sorting and testing the BMWs. You will see us at NASA events this year with a fleet of customer cars accompanying our arrive-and-drive program. We’ve been working hard with the Nissan program in World Challenge, as well as achieving homologation of the BMW 128i for TC competition. Not to mention we were just announced as an Official Team Partner with Lamborghini for the Super Trofeo US series. I’m sure there have been many people wondering about the state or the health of Mitchum Motorsports these last two rounds. Clearly we are as strong as ever.” added Chris Mitchum.
The #62 BMW will see the return of Pete McIntosh who was having a great first race in COTA before an incident with a GS Mustang ended his race prematurely. Pete’s co-
driver will be Mike Skeen, who rounds out a very solid driver package. “I’m excited to come back with Pete and Mike in the car. Pete has got a lot of potential behind the wheel; Mike is an excellent driver, and is one of the most consistent I’ve seen. Lap after lap he’s there, and that is what you want in endurance racing. Mike is also going to be a great help in making Pete quicker, and strengthening the car.” said Chris Mitchum.
After a successful test at Lime Rock Park, rookies Matt Fassnacht and Dylan Murcot will be co-driving the #63 machine. “These guys are new to the Grand-Am game, but have been developing as drivers in the Northeast, and showed real promise in testing. This race is going to be yet another progression in their development. We all have high
expectations, but realistic goals for these guys. The team is proud to deliver and be part of their progression as drivers. I think they are going to surprise a few of the established drivers.” says Chris Mitchum.
Mitchum Motorsports is bringing a new sponsor to the #62 car, in Pirtek. Pirtek has had a presence in international motorsport from off-shore boats, circle track racing, Australian V8 Super Cars. Pirtek specializes in hydraulic hoses, fittings, and adapters. “It’s great to bring Pirtek to the track. We’ve had a solid partnership with the Lake Wright branch in Virginia Beach. All of our Grand-Am cars feature their products. It’s a
recognizable name in motorsports, and I’m excited to be a part of that.” said Mitchum.
The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge takes the green flag Saturday June 29 at 3:00pm EST, and can be seen on SPEED Channel July 7 at 4:00 pm.
About Mitchum Motorsports:
Founded in 2001, Virginia Beach-based Mitchum Motorsports comes from a variety of professional road racing backgrounds, spanning over 50 years. They are led by team
ini Blancpain Super Trofeo series, as well as competing in club venues such as: NASA, SCCA, and Porsche Club of America. Mitchum Motorsports also specializes in: racecar construction, development, preparation, support, and performance street car service.principal Chris Mitchum, who has vast experience from all sides of the pit wall; from professional driving, driver coaching, team management, crew chief, consulting, and mechanic.
Since 2010, Mitchum Motorsports has become a mainstay in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, with their Chevrolet Camaro GS.R and BMW 128i-ST Programs. The team has also seen numerous Daytona 24 campaigns. 2013 will have the team involved with Grand-Am, World Challenge with Nissan, and the Lamborgh