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Star Mazda - Dane Cameron takes the victory at Reliant Park
Submitted by Dan Mazzella on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 - 9:43am

HOUSTON, TEXAS – Dane Cameron of Sonoma, Calif., led every lap of Round Two of the 2007 Star Mazda Championship, winning the Grand Prix of Houston Formula Mazda race from the pole for JDC Motorsports Saturday at Reliant Park's 1.69 mile street course.

“I just want to thank JDC Motorsports and my team for giving me such a great car,” Cameron said.

The 18-year-old, driving the No. 19 for Ocean Tomo 300 and www.mockett.com, also led both practice sessions. Cameron's win gives him 80 points in the series, tying for first in points with Maxwell Paper Racing's Daniel Di Leo, who finished the race second in the No. 20 Maxwell Paper Racing Mazda. Di Leo was followed across the line by Andersen Racing driver Jonathan Goring in the No. 14 Skip Barber Racing machine.

“It feels good to finish on the podium in my second race,” said Goring. "I think it's a pretty good result. I had one incident with the wall once, but I didn't bend anything."

The 17-year-old qualified fifth and had claimed the number three spot by the fourth lap. He lost the spot on a restart, but claimed it from Marco Di Leo on Lap 23 and held on for his first podium finish.

The 30-lap race finished under caution, when Eric Freiberg got into the wall between Turns 7 and 8.

Team G.FRO's Ron White, crossed the line fourth in the No. 69 RC TWENTY/Ad-Tech car, working his way through the field from the last starting spot, after having his qualifying times thrown out.

White was followed by Nick Haye, Russell Walker, James Davison, Tony Rivera, Tyson Sy and Alex Ardoin.

Devin Cunningham, driving the Discovery Channel's No. 33 entry, finished 14th. The AIM Autosport driver from Saint-Bruno, Quebec, started 16th after being plagued by suspension problems.

A1GP1 driver Nur Ali finished 20th, in his second of four back-to back races in three different series on three different continents. Ali came to Houston from the A1GP1 race in Shanghai, and will head to London Monday for the G1 Cup race, then to the Star Mazda regional series race on May 4-6, before resuming his A1GP1 schedule.

"It's going to be interesting," Ali said. "I've done two back-to-back races before, but I've done four-back-to back races before. The time zone difference is going to be critical. Shanghai is a 13-hour difference and London is 6. It's been a bit exhausting, but I'm very fortunate to get to do four races in a row."

The Houston race will be televised on Saturday, April 28 on the SPEED channel from 3-4 p.m.EDT, while the drivers are competing in Round Three of the Championship at VIRginia International Raceway. in Alton, Va.

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