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Star Mazda Champion Dane Cameron to Drive Prototype

July 23rd, 2010

Dane Cameron, the 2007 Star Mazda Champion, will join Starworks organization this weekend and will co-drive the #7 Flex-Box Riley DP with Bill Lester. Cameron, one of the most talented young American drivers on the racing scene today, arrived at this stage of his career by quickly distinguishing himself on every rung of the open-wheel ladder. Nor is this the first Rolex Series DP race for Dane Cameron. He raced for Ganassi in 2007 in Utah and had a competitive run this year with Beyer Racing at the grueling Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“I am extremely excited to be joining Starworks Motorsport at New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend,” said Cameron, a native of Sonoma, California. “I have been to NJMP in Formula Atlantic and I had a good run in Rolex GT last season so I expect that past experience to help me get up to speed. The Starworks BMW Riley cars have been extremely fast this season so I am expecting a strong top five run this weekend. I’m looking forward to driving with Bill Lester, I think we will form a strong pairing and we should be able to record a strong finish” added Cameron.

Cameron’s career began in 2000 with an extremely successful karting run that, over four years, included a second place finish in the Canadian National Karting Championships, a first place finish in the 2003 Jim Russell Karting 80cc Junior Shifter Championship, a scholarship to the Jim Russell Racing School and a finalist spot in the 2004 Red Bull Driver Search. Dane continued his winning ways into 2005, when he was named SCCA Formula Jim Russell Series Champion and Rookie of the Year. As a Team USA Scholarship driver, the following year he won the 2006 Palmer Audi Winter Championship in Europe, earned honors as the 2006 F2000 Rookie of the Year and finished second in the championship.

In 2007, Cameron drove his #19 JDC Motorsports car to three wins, capturing both the Star Mazda Championship and ‘Rookie of the Year’ honors. He was the second driver in Star Mazda championship history to become champion in his first season of competition. “I’m optimistic going into New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend'” announced Bill Lester. “Despite the trying season for the #7 Flex-Box car, it’s always good to get back to the track. I drove NJMP in a DP in 2008 with Southard Motorsports so I have some familiarization with the track. However, I didn’t race there last year when Grand-Am changed the configuration slightly to prohibit wheel spin when cresting the hill, so it will be interesting to see how the track flows with this change. I’ll have another new co-driver in Dane Cameron who, I understand, is quite proficient behind the wheel. He will be my 5th different teammate this year so I’m hoping things go favorably and we finish out the season together.”

Starworks Motorsport’s last race ended on a high note with another 2nd place finish for Ryan Dalziel and Mike Forest and the team is getting closer to their first victory of the season. The next race scheduled for Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park will mark the ninth round of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and after eight races, Starworks Motorsport driver Ryan Dalziel is ranked 2nd in the championship and Mike Forest, 5th. The New Jersey track should be a good track for the two Starworks Dinan-BMW Riley DPs and their drivers
should be able to compete for the overall win. This weekend’s NJMP 250 presented by Crown Royal will be broadcast on Sunday, July 18 at 1:00PM ET on SPEED.


 

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