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RIOT IN THE ROSES With Wet Weather On The Horizon, Star Mazda Championship Leader Dane Cameron Is Ready For A Wild Weekend At PIR Sonoma, CA (June 4, 2007) -- With wet weather a possibility as the city of Portland concludes its 10-day ...

RIOT IN THE ROSES

With Wet Weather On The Horizon, Star Mazda Championship Leader Dane Cameron Is Ready For A Wild Weekend At PIR

Sonoma, CA (June 4, 2007) -- With wet weather a possibility as the city of Portland concludes its 10-day celebration of the centennial Rose Festival this coming weekend, the Mazda Champ Car Grand Prix of Portland Presented by G.I. Joe's promises some slippery high-speed entertainment.

And with a field of more than thirty cars entered in Saturday's Star Mazda Championship race, series points leader Dane Cameron is expecting the race to be a 'riot in the roses.'

"PIR is a great track to drive, but it's very slippery under the best of conditions, it's narrow and there are only about two places to pass," says Cameron. "And, particularly if it rains, it all adds up to a race with the potential to look like a movie brawl. Add in the fact that we have a very limited amount of track time before the race, and the keys to winning the race are going to be rolling off the trailer with a good car, making the best use of every available practice lap and qualifying up front."

Heading into the fifth round of the 12-race 2007 Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear, the 18 year-old series rookie from Sonoma, California who drives the # 19 Lynx Racing Ocean Tomo 300 mockett.com JDC Motorsports Pro Formula Mazda has scored two poles, two wins and two 4th-place finishes. He leads the championship by 16 points with a total of 158 over James Davison (142) and Marco DiLeo (131).

PIR is the fifth round of the 12-race 2007 Star Mazda Championship schedule.

The next event on the schedule, also on a Champ Car weekend, is at Cleveland on June 22-24. The Star Mazda series will also be racing with Champ Car at Toronto July 6-7.

"Racing on Champ Car weekends is the ideal for me because that is my ultimate goal," says Cameron. "The winner of the Star Mazda series gets a fully-paid ride in the Atlantic series, and the winner of the Atlantic series gets $2 million toward a Champ Car ride. Mazda has created a 'motorsports ladder' that reaches all the way from karting to Champ Car, and with all that on the line every weekend, I'm really fortunate to be racing with a team the caliber of JDC Motorsports."

-credit: JDC Motorsports

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Series Pro Mazda
Drivers James Davison , Dane Cameron