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CAMERON: Wilder Than Ever at Sebring

Meyer Shank Racing’s Dane Cameron files his first Sportscar365 column of the year…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

I’m probably guilty of always saying, “It will be a wild one” when asked what I think any upcoming race will be like.

IMSA races are always frantic and unpredictable, but I think it’s fair to say this year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring was wilder than ever. In DPi anyway.

Not only did every car have a shot to win the race at different times, I’m pretty sure every car managed to hit — or get hit — by something at some point in the race.

It’s still crazy how the No. 5 JDC-Miller car ended up winning, after spending the whole day buried laps down, but hats off to them for never giving up and making it work at the end.

I’m happy for my dad [Ricky], who is the race engineer there. I prefer beating him, but was proud to see him get a big win.

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

At Meyer Shank Racing, our weekend was ok. I thought we were a bit more competitive than we had been at Daytona and we made some good progress getting the car’s balance closer to what we want.

Spinning on the brakes like an idiot in traffic and hitting the No. 55 Mazda didn’t help, but fortunately it didn’t hurt either of us too badly at the end of the day. Again, sorry to the 55 guys and my team for my mistake.

We still need a bit more, but it was cool to get Meyer Shank Racing its first podium in the bag on their return to Prototype racing.

The Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio is coming up next for us, and I can’t think of a better place for us to get our first win together.

It will be a big weekend with it being a home race for the team as well as several Acura/Honda factories nearby. Oh yeah, and the ARX-05 has never lost at Mid Ohio… So no pressure then…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

At the end of the race at Sebring, we had five DPi cars all running nose to tail. with a 10-lap shootout for the win. I hope everyone enjoyed it because it was good fun in the car, it felt like we were all racing karts again.

It doesn’t happen all the time, so I thought it was awesome that we had everyone lined up with a shot to win and gloves off for the final laps.

After the race, I thought of all the recent announcements for the LMDh/LMH rules and I couldn’t help but smile at the thought of 15+ prototypes fighting it for victories in the very near future. Fingers crossed.

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

We have a bit of a long break now for us, with the California swing pushed back to later in the season, but what can you do? I’ll take a reschedule [of the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach] over a cancelation any day.

Hopefully, things continue to improve and we can keep seeing more and more fans at the races throughout the year!

In the meantime, I’ll probably be doing a bit of testing, and lots of cycling, to fill the gap before we head into the real meat of the season with the sprint races.

I might even dust off my shifter kart and see if I can do more than 10 laps without my arms falling off!

Dane Cameron (@DaneCameron19) is a three-time IMSA champion, driving for Meyer Shank Racing and Acura in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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