HEADING INTO A TRIPLE-HEADER Rising star Dane Cameron leads the Star Mazda Championship battle and has competed a productive test as he and the JDC team get ready for three in a row Sonoma, CA (July 30, 2007) -- With...
HEADING INTO A TRIPLE-HEADER
Rising star Dane Cameron leads the Star Mazda Championship battle and has competed a productive test as he and the JDC team get ready for three in a row
Sonoma, CA (July 30, 2007) -- With the points situation finally clarified, rising open-wheel racing star Dane Cameron's challenge for the 2007 Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear is looking stronger than ever.
Coming off a perfect weekend at the Grand Prix of Toronto -- fastest in every practice session, won the pole in qualifying and led every lap to win his third race of the season, Cameron leads the championship battle with 263 points. His closest competitor, Australian racer James Davison has 216 points. Rounding out the top-5 are Jonathan Goring with 215, Marco Di Leo with 213 and Ron White with 206.
His record so far in 2007 includes three victories, four pole positions, one 2nd-place finish and two 4th-place finishes. No other driver in the series has scored more than one victory.
The Star Mazda Championship awards 44 points for a victory, so Cameron and the JDC Motorsports team are maintaining the laser-like focus that has served them so well this season. Cameron and the team just returned from a 2-day test the Mosport track in Canada where he was again comfortably fastest in every session running against several other top teams that were testing at the same time.
"I really liked the track and felt comfortable right away," says the 18 year-old from Sonoma, California. "A number of the top teams were there and we were consistently faster, so the JDC crew and I are feeling confident as we get ready to do three races in a row in August."
Cameron has an additional reason to feel confident heading into this upcoming triple-header; not only was he fastest at Mosport, the third of the three races, but he won the FF2000 race last year at Road America, the first event up on the schedule. In between the two is a street circuit event at the legendary track in Trois Rivier0x00e8s.
Cameron, currently keeping his skills sharp between races as an instructor at the Jim Russell Racing School at Infineon Raceway, arrives in the Star Mazda series via an accomplished climb up the open-wheel ladder. He was the 2006 F2000 Rookie of the Year and finished second in the championship. As a Team USA Scholarship driver, he won the 2006 Palmer Audi Winter Championship in Europe. In 2005 Cameron was the SCCA Formula Jim Russell Series champion and Rookie of the Year. His karting career, beginning in 2000, was similarly successful, including the 2003 Jim Russell Karting 80cc Junior Shifter Championship and a 2004 finalist in the Red Bull Driver Search.
Cameron's participation in the 2007 Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear is made possible by a variety of sponsors including Grand-Am prototype racer Rob Finlay and the Finlay Motorsports Driver Development Program. Lynx Racing, instrumental in the early careers of many of today's top drivers, is also providing support, as are Mockett.com, Ocean Tomo, Rett.org, Nearburg Exploration, O'Neill Construction, Red Line Oil and Sparco USA and JDC Motorsports.
On track action at Road America -- where Star Mazda shares the weekend with the American Le Mans Series -- begins with two practice sessions on Thursday, August 9 and a 45-minute qualifying session starting at 4:30 pm on Friday, August 10. The 45-minute Star Mazda Championship race is scheduled to take the green flag at 11:40 am on Saturday, August 11.
Road America is Round Eight of the 12-race 2007 Star Mazda Championship schedule. Star Mazda races are broadcast tape-delayed on SPEED TV. Date and time (all times stated are Eastern and subject to change) for the one-hour broadcast is available at www.speedtv.com/programs. The Road America race is scheduled to air on Saturday, August 18 at 3:00 pm with a re-broadcast on Monday, August 20 at 3:00 pm.
The 60-minute Trois Rivier0x00e8s race -- where Star Mazda is the featured event -- will take place on Sunday, August 19, at 1:00 pm. The race is scheduled to air on Saturday, August 25 at 12pm (noon). The Mosport event (again with ALMS) takes place at 3:50 pm, Saturday, August 25 and will be broadcast on Saturday, September 1 at 12pm (noon).