Watkins Glen II: Dane Cameron race report

A ROUGH AND TUMBLE RACE ON THE WATKINS GLEN SHORT COURSE PRODUCES THE FIRST GRAND-AM PODIUM FINISH FOR DANE CAMERON AND THE RACERS EDGE TEAM Watkins Glen, NY (August 10, 2009) -- The new driver pairing of Californians Dane Cameron and Tom ...

A ROUGH AND TUMBLE RACE ON THE WATKINS GLEN SHORT COURSE PRODUCES THE FIRST GRAND-AM PODIUM FINISH FOR DANE CAMERON AND THE RACERS EDGE TEAM

Watkins Glen, NY (August 10, 2009) -- The new driver pairing of Californians Dane Cameron and Tom Sutherland continued to demonstrate exceptional chemistry in scoring the first-ever podium finish in a Grand-Am event for the Racers Edge team and the #30 Racers Edge/ClickAway GT1 Mazda RX-8. This result, on the heels of a 4th-place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, has elevated the team to 9th in the championship battle (among 32 teams competing in the GT class) and resulted in high hopes for the next event on the calendar at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on August 28 -- 29.

"This podium finish was a long time coming, but the Racers Edge team has been working really hard and made a lot of progress in the last few weeks, so I feel we really earned it," says Cameron, a rising sports car and open-wheel star from Sonoma, California. "We were quick out of the box, which is the key to any race weekend, and given that we had to start from the back due to a problem in tech inspection, I think the result shows we had a car that was actually capable of winning the race."

The Racers Edge team made a spring and suspension change that should have resulted in improved handling without changing the ride height of the car, but after Tom Sutherland posted a time that put the car second on the GT grid, it proved less than a millimeter too low during the post-qualifying inspection and -- by the rules - the team was relegated to starting at the back of the field. Sutherland, having qualified, started the car in the race and battled his way up to sixth before handing the car over to Cameron at the mid-point of the race. He then took it to the front and battled with the leaders, passing both cars that finished ahead of him before dropping back to finish third due to traffic in the closing laps of the race.

"It was a crazy race on the short course at Watkins Glen," said Cameron.J"Everyone is driving very, very aggressively, the pace is really fast and there's lots of body contact and traffic. It's actually a blast to drive in those conditions because you usually have to be so measured and careful in these races, but the track suited our car and I think the same will be true of the track at Montreal as well. We've worked out a lot of issues with the car, and the team is functioning very smoothly and hopefully we can battle for another podium, or even a win, before the end of the season."

-credit: dcPR

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Gilles Villeneuve , Tom Sutherland , Dane Cameron