Dane Cameron will continue driving Acura with Meyer Shank Racing next season

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Dane Cameron will follow Acura to Meyer Shank Racing in the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Cameron, who had driven the past three seasons for Acura Team Penske, will join Olivier Pla in a full-season ARX-05 starting with the Rolex 24 at Daytona. AJ Allmendinger, who won the 2012 Rolex 24 with MSR, will join the duo for the Rolex.

Acura has moved to MSR and Wayne Taylor Racing after ending its relationship with Penske, which is putting its sports car program on hiatus after winning the past two DPi championships with Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves this past season and with Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya in 2019.

Castroneves will run a part-time IndyCar schedule next year with MSR (that also could include IMSA appearances). Taylor is expected to return to WTR, and Montoya has yet to announce his plans.

Cameron is a three-time IMSA champion (GTD in 2014, ’16 and ’19) and had three victories and nine podium finishes for Acura Team Penske.

“I’m excited to join Meyer Shank Racing and continue my relationship with Acura and HPD,” Dane Cameron said in a release. “I have a lot of experience with the ARX-05, and I know that car inside and out. It’s been really fun to be a part of the development of that car from the very beginning. It’s proven to be a race winner and a championship winner in 2019. I will certainly do my best to bring everything that I’ve learned about this car to the team and make sure that MSR and everyone gets up to speed quickly.”

“I’ve known (team co-owner) Mike (Shank) for quite a while now in IMSA but I haven’t had the opportunity to drive for him. I admire Mike’s passion for the sport. We’ve always talked about putting a program together and it’s cool that we finally worked it out and I’ll get to drive for him next year with the Acura DPi.”

Said Shank: “We’re very excited to have Dane join us next year. He’s proven that he is a top contender in one of the toughest classes out there. Just like what we (MSR) did with the Acura NSX, he did for the Acura ARX-05. He developed that car and made it a championship-winning car. We’re happy to have him on board and hopefully work towards bringing home another championship for Acura.”

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Dane Cameron celebrates after winning at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2019 (Brian Cleary/Getty Images)

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.