Payne & Kanavas

28 Aug
Kanavas & Payne

Payne joins Mitchum and Kanavas for the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival in Monterey

August 28th, 2012
Professional driver and driving instructor Byron Payne joins longtime friend and fellow pro driver and instructor Johnny Kanavas in the #63 Mitchum Motorsports BMW for the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Powered by Mazda at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Sept. 7-8. Coming off of a 21st place finish at Indy in the Capaldi Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302R, Payne will switch from the GS to the ST class for Round-9 of the CTSCC.

Team Principal Chris Mitchum welcomes Payne to the team… “With the BMW’s being a new program for 2012 and having Kanavas behind the wheel of the #63 all year, we have made a lot of progress with development of the BMW this season.” Commented Mitchum. “After facing a little adversity early in the year, we have now proven we have a competitive effort and are excited to pair Johnny and Byron for this event.

“It’s going to be a good weekend in Monterey. It will be good to finally drive as teammates with Johnny and see what we can do. MRLS is a track that we both know and Johnny and the Mitchum team have really developed the 1-series BMW this season and I look forward to driving with the team.” Reported Payne.

Payne welcomes partners Sikku, N.Hansen, and R.Desmond to their second GRAND-AM race of the season, along with paying homage to the late Garvin Brown Racing [GB3]. These partners join Destiny Deep Sea Water, Oakley, and Drift Innovation as part of this ST-Class effort.

The green flag for the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Powered by Mazda flies on Saturday, September 8 @ 2:30pm (PT), with qualifying taking place at 10:55am (PT) on Saturday at the picturesque Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA. Live timing & scoring can be viewed at:


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