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DANE CAMERON JOINS ROB FINLAY AND MICHAEL VALIANTE FOR SEASON-ENDING DISCOUNT TIRE SUNCHASER - UTAH MOORESVILLE, NC (August 30, 2006) With thirteen races in the 2006 Grand American Rolex Series record book, Rob Finlay and Michael Valiante are ...

DANE CAMERON JOINS ROB FINLAY AND MICHAEL VALIANTE FOR SEASON-ENDING DISCOUNT TIRE SUNCHASER - UTAH

MOORESVILLE, NC (August 30, 2006) With thirteen races in the 2006 Grand American Rolex Series record book, Rob Finlay and Michael Valiante are looking forward to this weekend's Discount Tire SunChaser 9-Hour event at Miller Motorsports Park. The 2006 season began back in January with the running of the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Finlay Motorsports team enlisted open-wheel standout Bryan Herta and the 2004 Indianapolis 500 winner Buddy Rice to assist with the team's assault on the 3.5-mile road course. This impressive driver line-up produced the team's first top-10 finish of the season, showing their Grand American competitors that they had what it took to contend for the Championship.

As the season progressed, Finlay and Valiante continued to score top-10 finishes a total of ten thus far leading into this weekend's event. Valiante even scored a podium finish in the first ever Grand American qualifying race at Virginia International Raceway behind the wheel of the No.5 Make-A-Wish/Z-Line Designs machine.

What a season its been, but Finlay and Valiante aren't quite satisfied. The driving duo would like to reach the podium one last time before the season comes to a close Saturday night. "A nine-hour race takes a great deal of preparation," said Rob Finlay. "We've had some pretty good finishes this season and we're coming off a strong performance at Infineon Raceway so we hope to carry that momentum into this weekend's race."

The No.5 Make-A-Wish/Z-Line Designs Ford-Powered Crawford Daytona Prototype currently sits in sixth position in the team point standings with 352 points and could mathematically finish as high as fourth. "The team point's standings are still up for grabs and although we're not in contention for the win we could come away with a top-five spot," said Michael Valiante. "We've hade some really good results and we've spent some time testing at Miller (Motorsports Park) so I think a top-five result is very possible." Finlay and Valiante will be sharing the driving duties this weekend with Dane Cameron. Cameron, the son of Finlay Motorsports Engineer Rick Cameron, will be making his Daytona Prototype debut at Miller Motorsports Park this weekend. The young up incoming talent from Northern California currently competes in the Cooper Tires F2000 Series for Cape Motorsports.

"I'm thrilled to be given this opportunity," said Dane Cameron. "To compete for a team like Finlay Motorsports is an incredible opportunity and I'm looking forward to being behind the wheel of the Make-A-Wish/Z-Line Designs car. I'm sure that Rob (Finlay) and Michael (McDowell) will get me up to speed quickly and hopefully we'll be able to produce a good result."

-credit: finlay motorsports

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bryan Herta , Michael Valiante , Buddy Rice , Rob Finlay , Dane Cameron