Shields and Siegel will participate in their first oval race
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (May 22, 2019) – Newman Wachs Racing will make its return to 5/8thmile Lucas Oil Raceway oval for the 75-lap Carb Day Classic Freedom 75 this Memorial Day weekend, which helps to kick off the Indianapolis 500 festivities. American Nolan Siegel and Australian Cameron Shields will take to the banked oval for the second time, having participated in an official series test last week. The drivers will determine their position on the grid for the fifth round of the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship through single-car two-lap qualifying. Shields and Siegel showed impressive speed at the series test and both are focused on earning their best finishes to date.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing what Nolan and Cameron can do on the only oval race of the season,” offered Brian Halahan, NWR Team Manager. “Both drivers showed great pace during the test, driving with maturity and patience in traffic, so I’m convinced we’ll get some great finishing results.”
NWR’s drivers will be on-track starting on Thursday (May 23) with a practice session followed by qualifying for the Freedom 75. On Friday (May 24), they will start the afternoon with their last practice session and will then end the day with the Cooper Tires Freedom 75.
Fans can follow along all weekend on the Road to Indy TV app, or through www.roadtoindy.tvor Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Facebook page. Newman Wachs Racing will also have dedicated coverage of their weekend on all their professional social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram).
DRIVER INFORMATION / EVENT QUOTES:
NOLAN SIEGEL – #37
Hometown: Palo Alto, CA
Sponsors: Menlo Ventures
Current Championship Standing: 15th(29 pts)
Quote: “I am very excited for my first-ever oval race this weekend at Lucas Oil Raceway! After the test day last week, I am feeling very good about our pace and as of right now I think this is going to be one of my strongest weekends yet.”
CAMERON SHIELDS – #73
Hometown: Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Sponsors: Dependable Sheds, HRX, Vision Sports Science, Speak Up For Sport, The Sports Australia Hall of Fame (SAHOF)
Current Championship Standing: 13th (37 pts)
Quote: “This weekend will be my first-ever time racing on an oval, so I need to approach this experience like a sponge and soak it all up! It is very important that as a team we produce good results over this weekend as championship points are increased for oval racing. Both Nolan and I have learnt a lot over the past week from our previous test at Lucas Oil Raceway and we will be putting it to practice over the coming days and I’m sure our hard work will pay off.”
Track:Lucas Oil Raceway (oval)
Length: 0.686 miles
COOPER TIRES USF2000 CHAMPIONSHIP
COOPER TIRES FREEDOM 75 (ALL TIMES EDT):
Thursday, May 23:
Practice 1 – 3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Qualifying – 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Friday, May 24:
Practice 2 – 4:05 pm – 4:25 pm
Freedom 75 – 6:45 pm – 7:35 pm
NEWMAN WACHS RACING – SOCIAL MEDIAACCOUNTS:
About Newman Wachs Racing:Newman Wachs Racing was formed in 2005 by late actor and IndyCar team owner Paul Newman and long-time racing friend Eddie Wachs to aid the development of young drivers in Champ Car’s Cooper Tires Presents the Atlantic Championship Powered by Mazda. Among the drivers to go through the NWR program were JR Hildebrand, John Edwards and Simona de Silvestro. After a seven-year hiatus, Newman Wachs Racing has returned to racing, competing in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires.