Fwd: Dane Cameron To Race Pacific F2000 THE NEXT STEP UP THE LADDER 2005 Drive4USA racer Dane Cameron, the Russell Championship points leader with two wins and four podium finishes in eight races, will run the July...
Fwd: Dane Cameron To Race Pacific F2000
THE NEXT STEP UP THE LADDER
2005 Drive4USA racer Dane Cameron, the Russell Championship points leader with two wins and four podium finishes in eight races, will run the July 16-17 Pacific F2000 event at Infineon Raceway
Edmonds, WA (July 5, 2005) -- Dane Cameron, the 2005 Drive4USA racer who has been dominating the SCCA Formula Russell Championship Presented by Yokohama and is the current championship point leader with two victories and four podium finishes, will take the next step up the open-wheel racing ladder next weekend by competing in the West Coast Cooper Tires Pacific F2000 series event at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California on July 16 -- 17.
With backing from the Drive4USA program, Cameron will step up to a one-weekend deal with the PR1 Motorsports team of Bobby Orgel. The team currently leads the Pacific F2000 championship, and will field a 'satellite' effort under the guidance of Orgel, with race prep and engineering by Dan Cambel Engineering. Cambel has a long history of successful F2000 programs, and the car Cameron will be driving is a Mygale F2000 Zetec belonging to PR1 Pro Mazda driver Brad Jeager.
"I'm very excited by this opportunity to move up to the next level of open-wheel racing and show what I can do with a good car and a top engineer," says Cameron, 16, of Sonoma, California. "I'd like to thank Rick Waddell and the Drive4USA program, as well as PR1 Motorsports and Brad Jeager for use of his car. This has been a very busy and successful year for my racing career, and I'm hoping it will lead to even more opportunities."
Cameron embarked this year on an ambitious program of racing both karts and cars, including the full schedule of 16 races (8 weekends) in the Formula Russell Championship. His karting program includes competing in the ICC Pro 125 shifter class at four ESPN Russell Karting Championship events and four Snap-On Stars of Karting races. Cameron races an Italkart 'Rapido' chassis with a TM engine prepared by Italian Motors.
He laid the foundation for his success in 2005 with a noteworthy 2004 season in which he scored several top-5 finishes after a mid-season switch to the 125 ICC Super Pro karting class, and was chosen as a finalist in the 2004 Red Bull Driver Search. He also finished 3rd among a group of 20 drivers in the Jim Russell Road Racing Scholarships Presented by Yokohama, a performance that earned him four fully-sponsored races in the 2005 ESPN Formula Russell Championship series.
Supporting Cameron's 2005 program will be Rick Waddell's Drive4USA driver development program, Italian Motors, Italkart and Cameron Karting (Itlalkart's Northern California distributor).
The Drive4USA program sponsored Michael McDowell's championship-winning Star Formula Mazda campaign in 2004, and has also been involved in helping the careers of such young drivers as Pete Mercier, Case Montgomery, Andy Lally and partnered with Lynx Racing in assisting Grant Ryley and Bryan Sellers. Sellers is now driving for the factory Panoz team in the American LeMans series.
The drivers selected for the Drive4USA program are among the most promising young Americans competing in professional training-ground series. Drive4USA's sole objective is to assist American drivers gain experience and the funding needed to compete their way to the pinnacle of open-wheel racing.
Dane Cameron is the son of Finlay Motorsports engineer Rick Cameron, and nephew of Steve Cameron, the Finlay Motorsports Team Manager and driver coach. The Camerons were behind the dominant 2004 Pro Mazda season of Michael McDowell (who now co-drives the Finlay Motorsports #19 Air Force Reserve/Make-A-Wish Foundation /Commercial Defeasance Daytona Prototype with Memo Gidley), and are also providing guidance to the Ocean Tomo team and driver Raphael Matos, who has won the first four 2005 Pro Mazda events in a row.