Cameron Lawrence showed up at Sebring International Raceway this week with the hope getting behind the wheel of a car to jump-start his ride search for the remainder of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.
He fulfilled that goal by not only turning laps in one car but two, as the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona class winner targets a return to competition in next month’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
“I just came out to talk to people and see what was going on with different teams,” Lawrence told Sportscar365. “The right situation came up with a couple of different teams that had some extra time during the days to throw me in for a couple of laps.
“It was definitely a good opportunity to come and do some laps after taking some time out of the car to figure out plans for 2016.”
On Friday morning, Lawrence got back behind the wheel of the No. 93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R, the car that took the 22-year-old to the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup GTD title last year.
While the Viper is fresh off a podium finish at Daytona, it currently looks unlikely to race next month, and was only at the IMSA-sanctioned test to maximize track time for the season-long No. 33 entry.
That’s why Lawrence said he was excited when he was given the chance to also test the Alegra Motorsports Riley-BMW DP, an opportunity that came together late on Friday after talking with team owner Carlos de Quesada.
He proved to get quickly up to speed, with the two-time Trans-Am champion turning solid laps in the ex-Starworks Motorsport DP late in the afternoon session.
While Lawrence has a yet-to-be-announced ride for Sebring in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race, he’s still eager to return to top-level IMSA competition and is hopeful of putting a deal together in the coming days.
“I’m still searching for other opportunities, definitely for the 12-hour and for the rest of the season,” he said.
“I’d definitely want to be back in the championship after having such a good year with Riley and the Viper guys last season. I’m trying to build on that and see what we can come up with.”
Adam Saal contributed to this report