Lock­yer Val­ley teen de­buts with new team in St Peters­burg

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MO­TOR­SPORTS: With­cott’s Cameron Shields has turned his at­ten­tion to the Indy­car Grand Prix af­ter a dif­fi­cult Cooper Tires USF2000 Cham­pi­onship de­but ear­lier this month.

Rac­ing on the chal­leng­ing St Peters­burg Florida street cir­cuit, Shields showed plenty of speed, but was re­signed to fin­ishes of 11th and 16th.

“It wasn’t the re­sult I was ex­pect­ing from Cameron,” New­man Wachs Rac­ing team man­ager Brian Hala­han said.

“He had shown me he has the speed and tal­ent to run up front. We just need to piece ev­ery­thing to­gether.”

Qual­i­fy­ing for race one was dif­fi­cult for Shields and fel­low NWR rookie Nolan Siegel with red flags ham­per­ing the “runs” of both driv­ers.

Shields brushed the wall late in the ses­sion, which led to only one clean lap, be­fore qual­i­fy­ing in 18th place.

Both driv­ers were put to the test early in race one with a turn one crash caus­ing chaos.

The en­tire field was called in for re-po­si­tion­ing af­ter the crash and Shields was im­me­di­ately back on the pace af­ter the restart.

Shields did a fan­tas­tic job pick­ing off car af­ter car, mak­ing up an im­pres­sive eight spots to score an 11th place fin­ish.

Bat­tling through the field in race two, con­tact with the wall again proved costly for Shields and he was forced to pit for re­pairs, which re­sulted in a 16th place.

Shields said he looked for­ward to im­prov­ing both per­son­ally and as a team.

The Lock­yer teen will race at the iconic In­di­anapo­lis Mo­tor Speed­way dur­ing the Indy­car Grand Prix from May 9-11.

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