It was a weekend of “first” meets “best” for the #62 HeritageVT.com/OutOfTheLife.org BMW 128i of Mitchum Motorsports piloted by Cameron Lawrence and Dillon Machavern. The driver’s seat saw both “firsts” as Lawrence made his Grand Am debut and Machavern made his Road America debut on Aug. 10. The team battled drive shaft issues at practice and on test day. Fortunately, what could have been a negative turned into a solid learning experience for the pair.
Machavern would qualify the car and was on a flyer when a false alarm light came on the dash. He smartly opted to play it safe and lift, calling in to the pits to make sure the car was still in good condition. This would place the qualifying effort in the 18th position, but Machavern knew his flying lap could have been much faster and went into the race carrying a lot of confidence.
Avoiding the carnage around him at the beginning, Machavern continued his steady pace and moved up to 14th place in the process. He continued making up positions until he turned the car over to Lawrence from 6th position. After pitting, Lawrence would restart in 15th position and finish in 6th place, the team’s best result of the season.
“We started in 18th position after having limited track time. I picked up a few spots during a very exciting start before the first full-course yellow,” Machavern commented. “After that, we kept picking off cars one at a time until our fuel splash during the second yellow. The car ran very well for me and let me turn it over to Cameron in 6th position. We are very excited with the P6 result, which is the best result for the team so far this season, and I want to thank Mitchum Motorsport for preparing us a great car and P1 Groupe for putting this driver lineup together!”