Dated: April 22, 2009
DELAND, Fla. (April 22, 2009) - Dane Cameron said he was excited to be competing with Bryce Miller during last month's Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 test at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
The excitement should transfer over to this weekend as both drivers will compete together for the first time in a race, as they will drive the No. 30 Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8 in Saturday's Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway, Round 2 of 12 of the 2009 Rolex Series season.
Cameron began the season with Racers Edge and three other drivers - Doug Petersen, Dion von Moltke and Jordan Taylor - in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Together, the quartet finished 13th.
Meanwhile, Miller competed for the TRG/Riegel/Stanton team at Daytona, finishing 21st in the No. 65 Porsche GT3 he co-piloted with Craig Stanton, John Potter and Marco Holzer.
The signing of Miller for the next four races, including VIR, gives Racers Edge one of its best chances for victory yet, or at least a strong finish. Two seasons ago, Miller and Dirk Werner gave Farnbacher Loles Racing victory at VIR.
"This package makes us a formidable contender for points," Miller said. "I always had my eye on this team. The pace of the Racers Edge Mazda has been demonstrated and their preparation consistently proven. Jon [Mirachi, team owner] and I had lightly entertained the idea of a drive over the last couple of seasons, but this time around our discussions segued into serious negotiations."
The long 3.27-mile road course in Alton, Va., should suit the Mazda well. When Miller's Porsche took the checkered flag in 2007, a Mazda followed in second place.
"We should do well with the Mazda at VIR," Miller said. "I enjoy the rhythm of the track and all the different combinations of turns and speed it offers. I imagine gearing and tire preservation will be very important for the rotary engine and the smaller tires allocated to the Mazda."
The two-hour, 45-minute or 250-mile Bosch Engineering 250 will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday. The race will be televised live on SPEED.