Cameron Embarks On New Chapter

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Dane Cameron is on a steep learning curve this season. Coming from open-wheel racing to the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 GT class will present him with many challenges when he shares the No. 30 Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8 with Doug Peterson.

"I've never raced at Daytona, Watkins Glen or many of the tracks we will be at this year," Cameron said at the recent PRI show in Orlando. "I've been strictly open-wheel up until now. This is a new chapter for me, and I'm looking forward to it. Sportscar racing, endurance racing, having to share a car with another driver is a lot different for me. There will be a lot of compromises. But I've done a couple of endurance races and really enjoyed them."

Cameron won the 2007 Star Mazda championship to earn a ride in the 2008 Atlantic Championship, where he finished seventh in the final standings - winning the pole and finishing second at Road America. After the season, he looked around to take the next step in his career, and was impressed with Jon Mirachi's Racers Edge Motorsports organization.

"I did a couple of test days with them," Cameron said. "It's a good program. Every time I tested with them, it got a little bit better. We were able to raise the game up a little bit, and we were able to work something out for the full season. Now, I'm looking forward to driving with Doug and being with Racer's Edge for the whole year. I think we're going to be able to challenge for podiums and race victories for the entire year."

Starting off the season with a major race at an unfamiliar track is a major challenge, but the 20-year-old resident of Glen Ellen, Calif., is up to the challenge of competing in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Driving a Mazda similar to the one taken to victory in 2008 by Sylvain Tremblay, Nick Ham, David Haskell and Raphael Matos helps.

"The first time I went to Daytona was pretty cool," Cameron said. "It's a very neat track to drive on for the first time, and it's a very impressive facility. Mazda has an awesome track record for reliability, and being in one of the cars that won the Rolex 24 last year definitely gives me a bit of confidence. We've got a strong car under us, and everyone's really quick and smart. You never know what's going to happen in a 24-hour race, but I definitely think we've got a good chance of winning that race."

Peterson is looking forward to racing with his new teammate.

"We've interfaced at a couple of the test sessions, and we've done very well," Peterson said. "I think we're going to have a very good year."

Dion von Moltke, who raced in the KONI Sports Car Challenge in 2008, will be the third driver, while Jordan Taylor and Bryan Sellers also tested with the team.

Cameron is one of three 2008 Atlantic Championship drivers who will compete in the January 24-25 Rolex 24.

Jon Bomarito, who finished second in the final standings, replaces Matos - the 2007 Atlantic titlist - in the 2008 race-winning SpeedSource Mazda lineup. Bomarito, a 26-year-old native of Monterey, Calif., won four poles and the Atlantic races at Edmonton, Road America and Trois-Rivieres last season.

Tonis Kasmetis, who finished third in both of his 2008 Atlantic starts, will co-drive the No. 12 RVO Motorsports Pontiac Riley with Paul Dallenbach, Bill Lester and Roger Schramm. The native of Estonia who now resides in Mundelein, Ill., has three career Atlantic victories, along with five career Champ Car starts.

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