(Kazor.com) – P1 Groupe drivers Jeff Bucknum and Robert Stout head into the ninth race of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park looking for their fifth Top-10 of the 2011 season. Throughout this season Bucknum has been mentoring the rookie Stout in order to prepare for each track the duo run on. Bucknum, with several career wins under his belt, has helped Stout not only grow on the track but off the track as well. This chemistry between the drivers of the #6 Camaro GS.R has already led to four Top-10s with their best finish being a fourth at Road America in June. They look to improve that best finish to date in the B+ Foundation Heroes 200, and both drivers feel they have the Camaro to do it.
“I am super anxious to race at New Jersey Motorsports Park this coming weekend” said Bucknum. “I owe the team a podium finish I let slip away from us at our last race at Laguna Seca Raceway. I feel great about how well our whole team is working together from the handling of the Camaro to the performance of the crew and how fast Rob Stout is driving. The weather forecast this weekend at NJMP looks like it will be hot and humid. I feel very confident I can outperform most of my competition because of how I train in very hot conditions here at home in Arizona preparing for races like this. Mitchum Motorsports really is overdue for a podium finish and I feel we can get one this weekend.”
Stout echoes his co-drivers enthusiasm; “I can’t wait to get out there. I’ve never been there before but it is the first time in my career that I’ll be racing in my home state! I’ll need every minute of track time as I-Racing nor did R-Factor have the track available to practice on with the simulation machine. I’ll be hitting this one stone cold. Fortunately my teammates have all been there so I’ll be relying on them to help me get up to speed. The team has given us great cars so hopefully I’ll be able to deliver a solid performance for them.”
Entering the B+ Foundation Heroes 200 Bucknum is currently in 15th in Driver Championship Points and Stout vying for the MESCO Rookie of the Year Points Championship currently sits in second in GS Class. Mitchum Motorsports is currently tenth in the Team Championship Points Standings for the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series.
The GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series will try to tame New Jersey Motorsports Park July 23rd and coverage will be aired on SPEED Channel on July 30th at 3pm. All Times Eastern.
Additional information may be obtained at www.mitchummotorsports.com, www.jeffbucknum.com, www.robertstoutracing.com or www.p1groupe.com.
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