| || Joey Atterbury Driver • Pro Series |
Passion for winning has always driven Joey, as evidenced by his start to the '09 racing season, taking the opening race win in the TDi Cup. That was just the beginning of a season that saw him finish 4th in the championship, highest among rookies, and earn "Rookie of the Year" honors. Don't let the term "rookie" fool you, as this isn't his first such honor, after starting out in 2007, the ICSCC named him "Novice of the year". Since then it's been a series of wins, poles, and impressive finishes, including a track record at PIR (Portland International Raceway). Needless to say, this passion is shaping Joey into a remarkable driver. Which is a good thing, as his favorite place to be is the racetrack, the atmosphere that it emanates, and everything it embodies. From your beautiful rural, rolling hill tracks, like VIR, to your technological superspeedways of Daytona, they share all the right Utopian characteristics, and are just as fun to drive for Joey.
While he may have only been driving on the club and professional levels for just a few short years, Joey has always been immersed in car and motorsports culture. He knew that he wanted a part of this motorsports world, beginning as a young boy, as evidenced by the collection of VHS tapes of NASCAR races from the thundering days before Mr. Cruise and Mr. Duvall help make it popular. He has succeeded in keeping himself involved, taking jobs at StopTech, and assisting BimmerWorld in their World Challenge programs. That passion has been seen in other venues, as he was a two-time All American swimmer (with the lap times to prove it), and has participated in Peregrine Falcon Research Group and Cheetah Conservation Fund since he was in grade school.
Away from the track, when he's finally removed from the raceway grounds, Joey has many hobbies that, he'll be the first to admit, usually get turned into a competition. Being in the Pacific NW, downhill skiing has become a major passtime, and passion for Joey. He asks "What's better than slapping 2 sticks on your feet, and going as fast as you can downhill?" There may be a Camaro and a racetrack that can answer that question.
| || Johnny Kanavas Driver • Pro Series |
Johnny K has over 20 years of competitive driving experience ranging from endurance road racing to professional drifting. While Kanavas has tested cars with GRAND-AM, he will pilot the #63 BMW in his first full-season in the CTSCC. Johnny has competed in the World Challenge series, Playboy MX-5 Cup, Formula Drift and more. Winner of the 25-Hours of Thunderhill, Kanavas brings some strong endurance racing experience to the table driving for both factory and private teams. Johnny’s experience also covers karting, vintage road racing, and several years of SCCA and NASA club racing competition.
Johnny spends his time away from racing teaching his craft as a professional driving instructor for the Ford Racing High Performance Driving School at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, along with driver instructing for military/tactical agencies and various driving clinics & events. Kanavas also performs driving demos, commercial precision & stunt driving, private coaching & driver development, testing & development for manufacturers and is owner of EPRODIUS – a media design/marketing & race management company that caters to the motorsports world and beyond.
Kanavas welcomes partners Destiny Deep Sea Water, Drift Innovation, Bill Brewster Independent Porsche, and Oakley to the 2012 GRAND-AM CTSCC season.
| || Jordan Taylor Driver • Pro Series |
Jordan Taylor, a 20-year-old college student from Apopka, Fla., joins Mitchum Motorsports for the final two rounds of the 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challange season
The son of championship-winning driver Wayne Taylor, this second-generation racer literally grew up at race tracks. After progressing quickly through karting and school series, he made his debut in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in 2008. Taylor and his co-driver piloted the Autohaus Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro to a runner-up finish in the 2011 Rolex GT championship, just two points short of the title. He will continue to compete in the Rolex Series in 2012 with Autohaus Motorsports in addition to driving for Corvette Racing in endurance races.