Picton driver prepares for US legend cars series

Picton driver Glenn Mitchell (inset) is preparing to take his "Sheriff" legend car to compete in the US.
Picton driver Glenn Mitchell (inset) is preparing to take his "Sheriff" legend car to compete in the US.

Picton driver Glenn Mitchell is ready to take his motorsport career to the next level.

Mitchell is preparing to head over to the US to compete in the Legend Car Dirt Nationals series, where he will be up against some of the world's most skilled drivers.

It is the third time that Mitchell has participated in the dirt nationals, placing fifth and third respectively in his past two outings.

Mitchell said that experience had "really laid the groundwork" for competing again in 2019.

He said he had also received terrific support from many people before heading over to the US this September.

"We have met so many drivers and new friends who have been more than willing to help out," Mitchell said.

"It's challenging to turn up to the race track and not have the all of the same resources you have when racing at home."

Mitchell has purchased a legend car, nicknamed "Sheriff", from American Corey Hansen in preparation for the series.

The dirt nationals will be held at 141 Speedway in Maribel, Wisconsin, from September 19 to 21.

Mitchell said he aimed to come away with another podium finish.

"I can't thank Corey enough for everything he's done for me," he said.

Mitchell and Hansen met two years ago after a race meeting in the US.

Hansen said he was happy to support Mitchell in his racing endeavours.

Hansen has also offered to let Mitchell use his trailer and equipment, plus assist him at race meetings.

"Glenn is a great Aussie guy and really easy going, which has made this whole process very simple," he said.

"Since meeting Glenn a couple of years ago, we've stayed in touch and have become quite good friends.

"I'm more than happy to help him out and make his American campaign a little bit easier.

"He's done very well over here in the past so it'll be good to see what he can achieve this time around."

Mitchell will be joined by his wife Jo for the US motorsport adventure.

He said he couldn't wait to compete in the legend cars.

"I've always been interested in racing internationally and testing my skills as a driver against new rivals," Mitchell said.

"I'm very excited to focus more on that in future seasons."