Chris Mitchum joined Action Express Racing after the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season as Director of Race Team Operations. While it may have appeared he was handed the keys to a championship winning team, Mitchum was responsible for the transition to a second full-time entry.
Through the first season, Mitchum guided the team as they prepared to equal race cars which culminated in a heads up championship race which saw the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP defend it’s title against the stiff from the team’s No. 31 Whelen/Team Fox Corvette DP.
In Mitchum’s second event as director of race team operations, Action Express ended a 50-year drought for Chevrolet by winning the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, which served as a catalyst for the championship run.
Growing up in a racing family, Mitchum performed every job function possible in a sports car racing team. He got his start as a mechanic and then crew chief for his father’s team over 25 years ago. He transitioned from the role of crew chief into an amateur racecar driver in the SCCA posting numerous poles, track records and regional championship before moving to national competition, all while continuing his formal education.
He continued to be successful when he became a professional driver posting numerous poles and track records enroute to claiming the 2001 Stock Car Championship Series Team, Driver and Manufacture Championships.
Mitchum began to focus his efforts as an endurance race specialist driving in numerous long distance sports car events, most notably the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.
During the period 2001 to 2014 he operated Mitchum Motorsports competing in the Grand Am Rolex Series, Continental Tire Challenge, Lamborghini Super Trofeo, and other sports car series. He retired from driving in 2006 to focus on developing the race team business and ran factory backed GS efforts for Chevrolet and other limited schedule GT programs.
His racing experience includes mechanic, spotter, crew chief, team manager and driver. Chris has also spent time working as driver coach in the ride and drive marketing world. That experience led him to become a driver coach and team consultant for teams looking to grow the talent and skill levels.
In 2014 he won the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series Team and Amateur Championships.
Chris is graduate of James Madison University (BBA in Entrepreneurship) where he was awarded the Zane Shower Entrepreneur of the Year Award. Chris and wife Ann Harrison Mitchum live in Virginia Beach, VA, with their daughter Cali and son Taylor.