FIVE STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONS AMONG MANY SERIES ALUMNI COMPETING IN THIS WEEKEND'S 48TH ANNUAL ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA Daytona, FL -- Continuing his climb up the motorsports ladder, Dane Cameron -- winner of the 2007 Star Mazda Championship presented ...
FIVE STAR MAZDA CHAMPIONS AMONG MANY SERIES ALUMNI COMPETING IN THIS WEEKEND'S 48TH ANNUAL ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA
Daytona, FL -- Continuing his climb up the motorsports ladder, Dane Cameron -- winner of the 2007 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear -- moves up from a season in the 2009 Grand-Am GT class driving the Racers Edge Mazda RX-8 to co-drive the #2 Beyer Racing/uberwurx Crawford Prototype with Jared Beyer in this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Cameron is one of five Star Mazda Champions, along with a number of Series alumni, competing in this weekend's 48th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona. The list includes 2008 series champion John Edwards (#30 Racers Edge RX-8 GT / below right), 2005 series champion Raphael Matos (#59 Brumos Racing DP), 2002 winner Guy Cosmo and 1999 champion Joey Hand (#94 Turner Motorsport GT). Also in the field are Colin Braun (#75 Krohn Racing DP), Brian Frisselle and Mark Patterson (#6 Michael Shank Racing DP) and John Pew (#60 Michael Shank Racing DP).
Right Side After winning the 2008 Star Mazda Championship, John Edwards moved up via the MAZDASPEED Motorsports Driver Development Ladder and won the Atlantic championship in 2009; he is now on track to move up to Indy Cars with the Newman-Wachs Racing team after his Rolex 24 drive with Racers Edge this weekend.
2007 champion Dane Cameron also moved up to Atlantic via the MAZDASPEED Ladder for the 2008 season, and from there graduated to a full season in the Grand-Am GT class with Racers Edge Motorsports. His drive in this weekend's Rolex 24 is his second experience at the wheel of a Daytona prototype; he shared a Finlay Motorsports car with Michael Valiante in the 2007 Grand-Am season-ender at Miller Motorsports Park. 2005 Star Mazda champion Matos went on to win the Atlantic and Indy Lights championships in 2007 and 2008 before moving up to compete full-time in the Indy Racing league. Colin Braun became one of the youngest Daytona Prototype drivers in Grand-Am history and is currently making a name for himself in NASCAR. Cosmo has raced in both Grand-Am and the American Le Mans Series and he, Frisselle, Patterson and Pew are all regular top-level prototype and sports car drivers.
-source: star mazda