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Dane Cameron
Dane Cameron
NationalityUnited States American
Born (1988-10-18) October 18, 1988 (age 32)
Newport Beach, California
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship career
Debut season2014
Current teamMeyer Shank Racing w/ Curb-Agajanian
Car number6
EngineAcura
Starts73
Championships2
Wins13
Poles10
Best finish1st in 2014, 2019
Finished last season6th (2020)
Previous series
2006-2013
2011-2013
2008
2007
2006
Rolex Sports Car Series
American Le Mans Series
Atlantic Championship
Star Mazda Championship
U.S. F2000 National Championship
Last updated on: February 2, 2021.

Dane Cameron (born October 18, 1988) is an American racing driver from Glen Ellen, California. He won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship overall in 2016 and 2019, and also in the GTD class in 2014.

Racing career

After karting, Cameron began his auto racing career in 2005 in the Jim Russell Racing School and Formula Russell where he won the championship.[1] In 2006 he competed in the U.S. F2000 National Championship[2] and finished runner-up to J. R. Hildebrand. That fall Cameron won a Team USA Scholarship to participate in the Formula Palmer Audi Autumn Trophy in Europe,[3] which he won.[1]

In 2007 Cameron competed in the Star Mazda Championship and won the title over James Davison on the back of three race wins and only one finish outside the top-ten.[4] With his championship he won a scholarship to race in the Atlantic Championship in 2008. Cameron finished seventh in points[1] with a best performance of finishing second from the pole in the first race at Road America.[5]

Cameron turned to sports car racing in 2009 where he drove a Mazda RX-8 in the Rolex Sports Car Series for Racers Edge Motorsports. He finished 17th in GT class drivers' points with a best finish of third at Watkins Glen International.[6] Cameron had ten different co-drivers in the Racers Edge #30 car throughout the season. In 2010 Cameron made only two Rolex Sports Car Series starts but both were in the top-flight Daytona Prototype class. He drove in the 24 Hours of Daytona for Beyer Racing and the New Jersey Motorsports Park race for Starworks Motorsport.[7] He also made one American Le Mans Series start (the 12 Hours of Sebring) in the LMPC class with Genoa Racing and his team won their class.

In 2011 he competed with Dempsey Racing/Team Seattle in their Rolex GT class Mazda RX-8 with teammate James Gué.[6] They finished fourth in the championship with three third-place finishes and six top 5s. In 2012 he drove Team Sahlen's RX-8 in the same series with Wayne Nonnamaker. He ranked 6th in points with a class win at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and three podiums.[8]

Cameron moved up to the Rolex Daytona Prototype class full-time with Team Sahlen in 2013, again sharing ride with Wayne Nonnamaker.[1] With two fourth-place finishes, he finished tenth in the drivers standings.[9] Also, he partnered with eventual LMPC drivers champion Mike Guasch in four rounds of the American Le Mans Series.[10]

In the 2014 United SportsCar Championship, Cameron moved to the GTD class to drive a Turner BMW Z4 with Markus Palttala. He claimed four class wins and two third-place finishes in 11 rounds, winning the GTD drivers championship.[11]

The driver moved to the Prototype class for the 2015 IMSA season, sharing an Action Express Racing Corvette with Eric Curran.[12] He claimed two wins, four podiums and top 5 finishes in every race. As a result, he ended third in the drivers standings. Cameron was renewed with the team for 2016 and 2017.[13][14]

For the 2018 IMSA season, Cameron picked up Juan Pablo Montoya as a co-driver at Team Penske.[15] In the second year of the partnership, Cameron, Montoya and Penske claimed the Dpi championsip.[16] He also earned the highest number of Pro-Am points in the SRO Americas Challenge, but was excluded from the championship due to an injury-forced co-driver change.[17]

In 2020, Cameron joined Honda Racing Team JAS for Intercontinental Challenge GT events.[18]

Personal life

Cameron's father was a racing engineer. Dane is married with two children.[14]

Complete motorsports results

American Open-Wheel racing results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

USF2000 National Championship

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos Points
2006 Finlay Motorsports ATL1
2
ATL2
2
MDO1
26
MDO2
3
PIR1
8
PIR2
9
CLE1
2
CLE2
1
TOR1
2
TOR2
2
MDO3
2
MDO4
17
ROA1
1
ROA2
11
2nd 272

Star Mazda Championship

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2007 JDC MotorSports SEB
4
HOU
1
VIR
1
MMP
4
POR
17
CLE
2
TOR
1
RAM
2
TRO
2
MOS
3
RAT
8
LAG
2
1st 450

Atlantic Championship

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2008 Lynx Racing LBH
11
LS
17
MTT
5
EDM1
4
EDM2
5
ROA1
2
ROA2
17
TRR
5
NJ
19
UTA
3
ATL
13
7th 169

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2014 Turner Motorsport GTD BMW Z4 GT3 BMW 4.4 L V8 V8 DAY
7
SEB
7
LGA
1
BEL
6
WGL
1
MOS
3
IMS
15
ELK
1
VIR
1
AUS
3
ATL
4
1st 304
Risi Competizione GTLM Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8 DAY
SEB
LGA
9
BEL
WGL
MOS
IMS
ELK
VIR
AUS
ATL
35th 23
2015 Action Express Racing P Coyote Corvette DP Chevrolet 5.5L V8 DAY
4
SEB
5
LBH
4
LGA
5
BEL
1
WGL
4
MOS
2
ELK
1
AUS
5
ATL
3
3rd 304
Turner Motorsport GTD BMW Z4 GT3 BMW 4.4 L V8 DAY
SEB
LGA
BEL
WGL
LIM
1
ELK
VIR
AUS
ATL
30th 36
2016 Action Express Racing P Coyote Corvette DP Chevrolet 5.5L V8 DAY
6
SEB
2
LBH
3
LGA
3
BEL
6
WGL
2
MOS
1
ELK
1
AUS
2
ATL
4
1st 314
2017 Whelen Engineering Racing P Cadillac DPi-V.R Cadillac DPi-V.R DAY
6
SEB
3
LBH
8
AUS
2
BEL
2
WGL
10
MOS
1
ELK
4
LGA
2
ATL
2
2nd 291
2018 Acura Team Penske P Acura ARX-05 Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
10
SEB
14
LBH
5
MOH
2
BEL
3
WGL
3
MOS
10
ELK
5
LGA
3
ATL
13
5th 251
2019 Acura Team Penske DPi Acura ARX-05 Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
6
SEB
9
LBH
3
MOH
1
BEL
1
WGL
3
MOS
3
ELK
2
LGA
1
ATL
4
1st 302
2020 Acura Team Penske DPi Acura ARX-05 Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
4
DAY
4
SEB
6
ELK
8
ATL
6
MDO
7
PET
3
LGA
2
SEB
2
6th 247
2021 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian DPi Acura ARX-05 Acura AR35TT 3.5 L Turbo V6 DAY
4
SEB
3
MDO
6
DET
6
WGL
2
WGL
6
ELK
LGA
LBH
PET
4th* 1511*

References

  1. ^ a b c d Dane Cameron - Career Detail, Driver Database, Retrieved 2011-08-10
  2. ^ Finlay Motorsports to Sponsor Dane Cameron in Cooper Tires Formula 2000 Series, Motorsport.com, March 13, 2006, retrieved 2011-08-10
  3. ^ Krefting, Kevin. TEAM USA SCHOLARSHIP: Dane Cameron Snares a Pole at Snetterton, Speed, November 3, 2006, Retrieved 2011-08-10
  4. ^ Krefting, Kevin. STAR MAZDA: Mandarino Wins, Cameron is Champ Archived 2012-03-14 at the Wayback Machine, Speed, October 4, 2007, Retrieved 2011-07-25
  5. ^ CAMERON SCORES PODIUM FROM THE POLE FROM THE POLE AT ROAD AMERICA, Motorsport.com, August 12, 2008, Retrieved 2011-08-10
  6. ^ a b Dane Cameron - Bio, Grand-Am, Retrieved 2011-08-10
  7. ^ "Dane Cameron 2010 NASCAR Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved 2020.
  8. ^ "Dane Cameron 2012 NASCAR Rolex Grand-Am Sports Car Series results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved 2020.
  9. ^ "Dane Cameron 2013 NASCAR Rolex Grand-AM Sports Car Series results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved 2020.
  10. ^ "Dane Cameron 2013 American Le Mans Series results". Racing-Reference. NASCAR Digital Media, LLC. Retrieved 2020.
  11. ^ "RACER: Dane Cameron 2014 GT Daytona Champion". Racer. October 5, 2014. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "Action Express to field number 31 Whelen DP in 2015" (Press release). Motorsport. Sunday Management. October 23, 2014. Retrieved 2020.
  13. ^ "Action Express Racing confirms complete 2016 driver lineup" (Press release). Denver, NC: Motorsports Tribune. Action Express Racing. November 24, 2015. Retrieved 2020.
  14. ^ a b DiZinno, Tony (August 16, 2017). "Dane Cameron's 'Penske perfect' arrival comes at just right time". Motor Sports Talk. NBC Sports. Retrieved 2020.
  15. ^ "NASCAR on NBC podcast - Ep. 206: IMSA champion Dane Cameron on the Rolex 24, being teammates with Juan Pablo Montoya and his route to Team Penske". Stitcher. January 20, 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  16. ^ Smith, David (January 24, 2020). "But first, the Rolex: Dane Cameron, arguably America's best sports car racer, looks to exorcise his Daytona demons". The Athletic. Retrieved 2020.
  17. ^ "SPORTSCAR365: Driver of the Year". SportsCar365. December 31, 2019. Retrieved 2020.
  18. ^ Kilshaw, Jake (January 10, 2020). "Cameron Added to Honda Lineup for IGTC Season". SportsCar365. Retrieved 2020.

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