Since before he could barely walk, Toowoomba-born Cameron Shields has loved motor racing. After many wins, losses and ambulance trips, Shields was about to give up his love of racing before an opportunity arose to drive race cars and after only four months was invited to drive in Australia’s fastest circuit – Formula 3.
At just 14-years-of-age, Shields was racing with speeds of over 250kph, two years before he could even apply for his Queensland learners permit.
In 2016, still unable to legally drive on Queensland roads, Shields went on to become the youngest person to win a National Formula 3 Championship. In 2019 he was a successful recipient of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program and was paired with two-time World Series Baseball champion Graeme Lloyd as his Mentor.
“I really love the idea of mentoring athletes from different sports. I think it can open up a whole new facet or way of thinking that might not have been explored yet.” Lloyd said.
Cameron spoke about his Scholarship & Mentoring Program selection; “To be selected in one of Australia’s most prestigious scholarship programs is remarkable. The recognition I may receive from being a part of this program and the advice from my mentor, Graeme Lloyd will be invaluable for the progression of my racing career. This is the beginning of a new journey for me and it is one I cannot wait to embark on.”
CAMS CEO Eugene Arocca spoke about Cameron’s Scholarship selection, Shields was a worthy recipient of the scholarship.
“Cameron gives motor sport his all and should be congratulated for being recognised with this scholarship. The Sport Australia Hall of Fame scholarship is a terrific opportunity for someone like Cameron who is showing tremendous skill whenever he races in the CAMS PAYCE Australian Formula 4 Championship.
Working with an athlete like Graeme Lloyd, who has competed in one of the biggest leagues in the world, including playing for the New York Yankees – one of the most iconic teams in the world – will be a terrific learning experience for Cameron and one that will certainly help him become the best driver and athlete he can be.” Arocca said.
Shields speaks about what integrity means to him. “Integrity to me is the ability for anyone to stay strong at heart and follow what they believe is right despite any external interference or influence. Not only that, they must stay true to the ones around them and uphold a high moral standard.”
Disciplines: USF2000 in the Road To Indy Series
Occupation: Racing Driver
Sport Hero: Will Power
Favourite Quote: “To finish first, first you must finish.”
Life After Sport: Continue my involvement with racing, give back to the sport and travel around the world.
Honours, Awards, Results
- 53 Race Wins
- 112 Podium Finishes
- 2020: Driving for Legacy Autosport in the 2020 USF2000 Championship
- Working with Will Power and Charles Crews to establish a racing career in the US.
- 2019: Best Over-Take Award – USF2000
- 2019: Most Spirited Driver – USF2000
- 2019: Carb Night Classic Race Winner at Indianapolis (First race win ever in USF2000 for Newman Wachs Racing)
- 2019: Sport Australia Hall of Fame Scholarship & Mentoring Program Recipient (announced 2018)
- Mentored by 2x World Series Baseball Champion with the New York Yankees – Graeme Lloyd
- 2018: Australian Formula 3 Premier Series Championship – 2nd
- 2017: CAMS Australian Young Driver of the Year
- 2017: CAMS Foundation Rising Star Scholarship
- 2017: Australian Formula 4 Championship – 3rd
- 2017: Australian Formula Ford Championship – 2nd
- 2016: Australian Formula 3 National Class Champion (Youngest Australian to win National Formula 3)
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Last updated 28/07/2020