Lockyer Valley teen debuts with new team in St Petersburg
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.