Road Atlanta: JDC MotorSports preview

JDC FOCUSED ON SCORING STAR MAZDA TITLE AT ROAD ATLANTA Team driver Dane Cameron looking to clinch championship in rookie season MINNEAPOLIS, MN (October 3, 2007) -- Series leading JDC MotorSports will enters Round 11 of the Star Mazda ...

JDC FOCUSED ON SCORING STAR MAZDA TITLE AT ROAD ATLANTA
Team driver Dane Cameron looking to clinch championship in rookie season

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (October 3, 2007) -- Series leading JDC MotorSports will enters Round 11 of the Star Mazda Championship at Road Atlanta this weekend with just one thing on its agenda.

Win the 2007 title.

Entering the Petit Le Mans event this weekend (October 3-5), JDC rookie sensation Dane Cameron remains the man to beat in the competitive Star Mazda Championship. The Sonoma, Calif., native currently holds a sizeable 62-point advantage in the championship, thanks to a series-high three wins and five pole positions in the 10 races thus far. While the penultimate event on the 2007 calendar will mark the first-time Cameron has raced his No. 19 JDC MotorSports/Finlay Motorsports Star Mazda car at Road Atlanta, he has found previous success on the 2.5-mile road course, finishing second twice in 2006 behind the wheel of a Formula Ford 2000 Zetec car. With a finish of eighth or better in Round 11, Cameron will clinch the 2007 championship, becoming the first rookie to capture the title in the 17-year history of the series.

"I'm really excited about racing at Road Atlanta," stated Cameron. "We've had a bit of a break since the last race at Mosport and I am looking forward to getting back into the car at my favorite track on the schedule. I believe that we have a good chance of locking up the Championship this weekend and I want to clinch it with a win and put a stamp on our season."

Sure to join Cameron at the front of the field and challenging for the race win will be fellow JDC MotorSports pilot Nick Haye. The Huntington, Calif., driver enters the weekend having finished on the podium in two of the last three races, showing the kind of speed that it takes to run up front. Third place finishes at Road America and Trois-Rivieres pushed Haye to the forefront and a top-10 at Mosport helped prove that he is now a contender for a race win. Returning to the cockpit of his No. 37 JDC MotorSports/Quantum Sphere Star Mazda entry after month-long hiatus, Haye currently lies fourth in the championship standings, 28 points back of third place. If he can continue this momentum, a top-three finish in the point race is a definite possibility.

"I'm looking forward to the last two races of the season," commented Haye. "I've learned a lot this year and improved myself in so many ways as a driver. I want to bring it all together in these final two, with my main goal to finish the season strong and push for third in the championship."

Completing the JDC MotorSports line-up at Road Atlanta will be long-time team driver Gerry Kraut. Piloting the No. 55 JDC MotorSports/Dougherty and Co. LLC Star Mazda, the North Oaks, Minn., driver will make his fifth start of the season. In the previous round at Mosport International Raceway, Kraut scored his third Master Series victory.

The JDC MotorSports drivers will take part in testing and practice at the famed Road Atlanta road course, Tuesday and Wednesday, ahead of qualifying on Thursday afternoon. The green flag for Round 11 of the Star Mazda Championship is scheduled to wave at 1:50 p.m. E.T, Friday, October 5th.

-credit: jdc

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Dane Cameron , Nick Haye , Gerry Kraut