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JDC MotorSports Captures First Win in Star Mazda April 24, 2007 Lakeville, MN, - - JDC MotorSports' Dane Cameron led each practice session, qualified on pole and led flag to flag scoring his first win and the first win for JDC MotorSports in the...

JDC MotorSports Captures First Win in Star Mazda

April 24, 2007 Lakeville, MN, - - JDC MotorSports' Dane Cameron led each practice session, qualified on pole and led flag to flag scoring his first win and the first win for JDC MotorSports in the Star Mazda Championship presented by Goodyear. Teammate Nick Haye rounded out the top five with a fifth place finish for his career best while Cole Morgan was the unfortunate victim of two separate incidents.

Cameron started the race from pole and led every lap in route to victory. He was very quick on cold tires at the start and each restart which enabled him to build a gap avoiding any pressure from behind. "I couldn't be any happier with how my weekend in Houston went. I felt like I needed to redeem myself after Sebring and I think we did that. To get my first win so early in the year really gives me a lot of confidence and high hopes for the rest of the year. I can't thank the team enough for giving me such a good car right off of the truck."

Nick Haye started the race from the 7th position, fell back to 9th place at the start avoiding incidents and ran as high as 4th before settling for 5th at the finish. He showed great progress during the weekend running solidly in the top ten in practice and qualifying and putting in laps as fast as the leader in the race. "I had never been on a street course before and I feel like I did very well considering the amount of practice time I had," stated Haye. "I steadily progressed throughout the weekend and improved each session. I'm still learning more about the car and look forward to another strong result at VIR."

Cole Morgan started his race from the 15th position and quickly moved up a few spots before being collected by and out-of-control car in the first chicane. "I think everyone knew that somebody was going to get shafted in the chicane, but I was praying that it wouldn't be me," stated Morgan. "So many people were charging to get those easy spots at the start and a lot of cars blew through the chicane. One car jumped the second curbing into the car I was exiting next to. It was pretty much an expensive game of bumper cars."

"We couldn't be happier about our first win and the performance of the team this past weekend. Dane did a stellar job and paced the field each session, while Nick continued his learning curve and was right there as well. Unfortunately for Cole, we had an engine problem for qualifying that slowed him. If not for that, I think he would have had a top-ten starting position which would have kept him out of trouble early in the race," stated team co-owner John Church. "We gained valuable points for both the driver's championship as well as the team championship."

-credit: jdcm

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers Dane Cameron , Cole Morgan , Nick Haye