In racing, there's close, and then there's really, really, close. Rookie Dane Cameron, the 2007 Star Mazda champion who drives for Genoa Racing in the ...
In racing, there's close, and then there's really, really, close. Rookie Dane Cameron, the 2007 Star Mazda champion who drives for Genoa Racing in the #19 car, came really, really, close to winning the pole for Saturday's race two in Edmonton with a lap time of 105.521. And, he dominated most of the session, posting the quickest speed time and time again. Except, he's not on the pole, Carl Skerlong, still suffering from a bad cold, edged Cameron with a marginally faster lap time of 105.455. So, the #14 King Taco car will have some fast company when race two starts. We should be prepared for a really interesting first corner. For Skerlong, the American driver from Washington state, the pole position comes none too soon.
"It's about time. We've been doing great all year.", commented Skerlong. "The team's been working really well and we finally brought it home. Especially on a double race weekend, it really counts to be quick at a track. To start one of them on the front row and the other one in third, it's a great feeling to start the weekend."
For Cameron, it seemed that perhaps tires and wind were what cost him the pole position.
"It was pretty good. I had a good qualifying car and we made some improvements from yesterday. We were on top for most of the run, I think, but the wind changed a bit so our top gear wasn't working. We were on the limiter in top gear for a really long time, so I think that might have cost. I don't know if we would have had the pole, but it might have cost us a little bit. Having four sets of tires instead of three, we used two sets of tires in qualifying yesterday and I think most people saved two sets for today. I think that cost us a little bit of time, just not having an extra set of tires. If we had two sets today, we might have been able to go a bit faster, but using the set yesterday helped us get up to P4, which was good too. I'm really looking forward to my first start on the front row this season. It's good to be back up in the top three again. Hopefully, we'll have a good race this afternoon, and I'm really looking forward to tomorrow now that I get to start up on the front row.", commented Cameron.
The rest of the field will feature many of the drivers who have been fast all weekend up near the front. Rookie Jonathan Summerton qualified third, while Friday's polesitter James Hinchcliffe, will slot next to him in P4. Row three will feature #26 Jonathan Bomarito and #6 Junior Strous.
Because the same cars will also be racing today, look for the drivers who are easiest on their equipment to fare better in Saturday's race.