BACK INTO BATTLE -- AFTER A TWO-MONTH HIATUS, DANE CAMERON AND THE RACERS EDGE TEAM HAPPILY HEAD FOR ROUND 2 OF THE 2009 GRAND-AM ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES AT VIR Deland, FL (April 21) -- After a long, long time between races, it could fairly be...
BACK INTO BATTLE -- AFTER A TWO-MONTH HIATUS, DANE CAMERON AND THE RACERS EDGE TEAM HAPPILY HEAD FOR ROUND 2 OF THE 2009 GRAND-AM ROLEX SPORTS CAR SERIES AT VIR
Deland, FL (April 21) -- After a long, long time between races, it could fairly be said that rising star Dane Cameron and the Racers Edge Motorsports team is literally itchin' to go racing. And their next opportunity comes up this weekend at Round 2 of the 2009 Grand Am Rolex Sports Car series season, the Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway.
Cameron, who won in an open-wheel car at VIR in 2007 on his way to the Star Mazda Championship, will co-drive four races in the #30 Racers Edge / Marquis Jet / Total Petroleum / Piloti Mazda RX-8 with a new teammate, Bryce Miller, a young Grand-Am veteran with a record of one victory and 20 top-10 finishes in 27 Rolex Series starts. Cameron also has some recent 'tin-top' experience at the challenging 17-turn, 3.27-mile circuit; he ran a 6-hour Koni Challenge race there at the end of the 2008 season. And his driver coaching duties for the championship-winning JDC Motorsports Star Mazda Championship team had him spending quality time at the circuit as late as last week.
"I'm very happy to be going racing again after such a long layoff, particularly with it being a sprint race instead of an endurance event like Daytona," says the rising star from Sonoma, California. "And although I'm sorry that my co-driver from Daytona, Doug Petersen, won't be sharing the car with me, I'm happy to share the driving with Bryce. We've tested together and he's fast and we like the car set up the same way and work well together. The track is long and fast with some technical sections, but overall it flows very well and is a real pleasure to drive. We ran the Grand-Am series test several weeks ago and were easily among the fastest of the GT cars, so I think we have a good chance of a strong finish at VIR."
In Round 1 of the 2009 season, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Racers Edge team persevered through electrical problems and a sudden illness that sidelined one of the drivers to become the second GT-Class Mazda RX-8 to cross the finish line after 647 laps and twice-around-the-clock. The team finished 13th in the GT class (24th overall) in a starting field of 49 cars. Cameron turned a lap of 1:50.290 (95.937 mph) on lap 210, a figure that stood as the fastest race lap until the closing stages of the event, and wound up as the second-fastest lap turned by a GT car during the entire 24 hours.