Atlantic Championship frontrunners Jonathan Bomarito and Dane Cameron have both been confirmed at the wheel of Mazda RX-8s in next month's Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Bomarito will share the #70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8 which won the GT class in the 2008 Rolex 24 with co-drivers Nick Ham, Sylvain Tremblay and David Haskell, while Cameron will embark on a full-time Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series season alongside co-driver Doug Peterson in the #30 Racers Edge Motorsports Mazda RX-8.
Bomarito landed the Rolex 24 ride with SpeedSource after a shoot-out with other drivers on the Mazdaspeed Motorsports Driver Development Ladder at last month's Grand-Am series test at Daytona International Speedway, and will be the second Atlantic Championship driver in as many years to join forces with SpeedSource, as 2007 champion Raphael Matos linked up with Tremblay, Ham and Haskell to take the GT victory in the 2008 event.
“At the Daytona Test Days, we ran four really talented drivers from the Mazdaspeed Motorsports ladder and we're pleased to announce that Jonathan Bomarito will be joining Sylvain, David and Nick for the Rolex 24 At Daytona,” said John Doonan, manager of motorsports team development for Mazda. “They're looking to bring a few more Rolexes around the Mazda offices.”
Cameron, meanwhile, continues his Mazda association in his new ride with Racers Edge, having won the 2007 Star Mazda title to earn his 2008 ride in the Atlantic Championship for 2008. He finished seventh in the standings this season, with a best result of second at Road America in August, but now has his sights set on a career in sportscars.
“Atlantic was definitely great preparation for this next step in my career,” he said, “Any driver who has raced in Atlantic has definitely come out of the series a better driver. I feel that I'm a better rounded driver than I was. Last year was good experience as a one-car team, but this is a new chapter for me. This is the right thing for my career long-term. In a 24-hour race, anything can happen. It's great to stay with Mazda and I'm really excited to be with this new programme.”