FLAT OUT THROUGH THE PHONE POLES -- AFTER A PODIUM AT ROAD AMERICA, CAMERON OPTS FOR CONSISTENCY AND SCORES ANOTHER TOP-5 AT TROIS RIVIERES After a remarkable run of three top-5 finishes in a row, followed by his first Atlantic Championship...
FLAT OUT THROUGH THE PHONE POLES -- AFTER A PODIUM AT ROAD AMERICA, CAMERON OPTS FOR CONSISTENCY AND SCORES ANOTHER TOP-5 AT TROIS RIVIERES
After a remarkable run of three top-5 finishes in a row, followed by his first Atlantic Championship podium last weekend at Road America, rising American open-wheel racing star Dane Cameron opted for consistency amid a Trois-Rivi0x00e8res crash-fest and brought the No. 19 MAZDASPEED/Finlay Motorsports/Lynx Racing machine fielded by Genoa Racing home in 5th.
"The thing about Trois-Rivi0x00e8res is that the track is so rough and so heavily crowned, that you're never going to make a car handle really well there, so experience in the car counts for more than setup," says the 19 year-old native of Sonoma, California. "We qualified fourth, on the second row, which is important because it's almost impossible to pass here so track position is critical. I was running with the leaders when we came up on some lapped traffic in the middle of the race and I got caught in a bad position and shuffled back a couple of places. I spent the rest of the race working my way back up and I'm a little frustrated because I think we had a podium car here. But it's important to do the best you can, let it go and get ready for the next one."
And the 'next one' is at a track nobody has ever raced on before, the brand-new New Jersey Motorsports Park, on September 11 -- 14. But beyond that, the final two races of the season -- at Miller Motorsports Park and Road Atlanta -- are tracks Cameron knows well.JHe ran both tracks in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear last season, finishing 4th at Miller and winning the championship -- one race before the finale and only the second rookie in the history of the Star Mazda Championship to win the championship in his first year.
"It'll be interesting to see how things change going to a track where no one in the series has ever raced before; that will be a real battle of the engineers in figuring out a fast setup as quickly as possible," says Cameron. "And our engineers are among the best, so between that and the fact that I've had experience at the final two tracks, I'm feeling confident that we can bring home a couple more podiums, and hopefully a win, before the season is over."
Atlantic on-track action at Road America begins Friday, August 15. Final qualifying takes place from 11:35 to 12:05 pm, Saturday, August 16, with the 60-minute/40-lap race scheduled to take the green flag at 1:30 pm, Sunday August 17.