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In our changed Motorsport World there is some great news for a young Australian single seater driver based in the United States, Cameron Shields is back on track this weekend with the USF2000 series alongside of the Indycar Championship.
We have arranged a special Q&A with Cameron with a focus on what he’d been up to during the COVID-19 Shutdown, his new race team Legacy Autosport and the changes to the race schedule with double and triple header events.
This weekend Cameron and Legacy will head to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first of the triple header weekends.
VM: Have you been in the states the whole Covid time or did you come home?
CS: “I’ve stayed in the States for the duration of the pandemic. I was worried I wouldn’t be able to re-enter the US if I were to wait it out back in Australia.”
VM: Where is home in the states for you, whats it like moving from Toowoomba to there?
CM: “I don’t particularly have a ‘home’ in the US. I’ve been spending time in California with friends, which has been excellent. Also working with the team who are based in Indianapolis. America is considerably different to Toowoomba; I’ve really enjoyed my time in the States so far but there are plenty of things that I miss from back home.”
VM: What have you been doing to keep busy during COVID?
CM: “I’ve put in a lot of physical training over the break to ensure I’m in good condition come race time. Sim racing has also taken off during the pandemic, so I utilized that as a tool to stay connected with driving.”
VM: The USF2000 calendar has been updated to include some double and triple header weekends, what do you think of that?
CS: “I think it is really exciting, I’m looking forward to more racing over a weekend – with a considerably denser schedule to fit a championship into a few months as well.”
VM: How are you liking Legacy Autosport your new race team?
CS: ‘Working with everyone at Legacy Autosport has been excellent. They are all incredibly experienced and I’ve learnt a lot in the short time we’ve had to work together already. Unfortunately, testing is not allowed throughout the season due to COVID restrictions so we do have less time together compared to other teams. That being said, we have maximized our limited track time to put ourselves in a competitive position at the beginning of the season.”
VM: What are your aspirations for 2020, such a mixed up year?
CS: “Our goal to is build a sustainable program in the Road to Indy Series. For this season in particular, podiums and race wins are a priority to showcase the team’s ability, which will draw more drivers into their program and continue growth among our partnership group.”
VM: Lastly, Anyone you’d like to thank sponsors etc?
CS: ‘Metalloid Corporation is an incredible company that specializes in metal working fluids. Their support for myself and the team is truly incredible and without their backing we wouldn’t have the opportunities we have to compete this year. They have identified an opportunity to promote not only their business, but also their partners and it creates an environment that allows us to grow our program.”
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