Driver Spotlight: Dane Cameron
Driver, No. 94 Turner Motorsport BMW Z4 GT3
How tough was the GTD competition this year?
“The level of competition in GTD was insane this year. Every weekend there was probably 10 cars that could win. The caliber of teams and drivers this year was amazing and it made for some great battles on track and made it even more rewarding to win. All the credit goes to Turner Motorsport and Paul Dalla Lana for putting all the pieces together to fight for wins every weekend.”
What does winning a championship do for you as a driver and your career?
“It means a ton to me personally. I have wanted to be a racing driver for as long as I can remember so to be making a career in sports cars and now to have won my first IMSA championship is a great feeling. I am incredibly grateful to my family and everyone who supported me on my way from go karts up to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship where I hope to stay for years to come.”
Now that IMSA has one season under their belt, is there anything you would like to see change for 2015?
“There was always going to be some growing pains in the first year and I don’t think the amount of work IMSA put into 2014 should be underestimated. I think there is good communication all around and I think they are taking input from everyone and making adjustments to improve for the future.”
How hard will the transition be for you moving from the GTD class to the Prototype class with Action Express/Whelen in 2015?
“It shouldn’t be a big deal at all. I was in DP in 2013 and the cars are a little bit different now, but I have good experience in LMP style prototypes as well, so I have good references to draw from. Eric (Curran, co-driver) and I had our first test with Action Express a few weeks ago and did 650+ miles in two days which was a great head start to get back in the prototype game and understand the new package. We have high expectations for the Whelen Engineering car for 2015 and I can’t wait for Daytona to get here.”
What is your most memorable road trip?
“My best road trip was in 2010 when I moved from my hometown of Sonoma, Calif. to Atlanta. I packed up everything I owned in my Nissan pickup and drove across the country to be more central to racing. I was joining Dempsey Racing at the time and I somehow convinced the girl I had been seeing when I was in Atlanta to fly to California and navigate for me. We spent the next three days stuck in the car together without wanting to kill each other and have been together ever since, getting married in 2012.”