Meet the Co-Drivers: Cameron Carr
One of the most exciting parts of the Rally America National Championship is seeing just how many different classes and builds put on an exciting show. From the all-out machinery of the Open class to the Group 5 and Group 2 two-wheel drive classes, and even the UTVs debuting at Rally Colorado, there are plenty of sets of regulations that teams can build a car to in order to compete.
Co-driving for Zach Whitebread, Cameron Carr co-drives in the competitive Super Production class, which features a number of the series’ top entries in 2018. The new partnership landed on the class podium last month at the Southern Ohio Forest Rally, and will return to competition in Colorado next month. We heard from Whitebread yesterday—now, it’s Carr’s turn:
What made you want to start rallying?
I've always been interested in rally. When I was younger I found a few videos of some crazy guys going flat out through the forest and was instantly hooked. In 2013 I volunteered to crew for Eric Wages at Rally West Virginia and have been addicted to the sport ever since. Nothing beats the camaraderie and atmosphere at a rally.
When was your first event and how did you do?
My first full stage rally as a co-driver was LSPR in 2016, we ran in a 1976 VW Golf imported from Finland. We had overheating issues on the first day and missed a stage trying to fix it. We reentered the race after the next service and finished day one in Super Rally. On day two we ended up stuffing the car into a dirt embankment and broke an axle in front of a couple hundred spectators on Silver-Arvon. It was a little embarrassing, but we had fun and learned a lot!
When was your first really memorable result—win or podium—and how did you get there?
It has to be 100 Acre Wood Rally 2018 with Zach. Even though we DNFed the overall event, we were able to send it over the cattle guard jump and take first overall for the regional event on day one. 100AW was the first Rally America event I ever went to as a crew member, so it holds a special place in my heart. I've always wanted a chance to fly over the cattle guard jump!
Do you prefer to work with a single driver or multiple drivers?
I don't mind working with multiple drivers, but my goal is to stay with one driver for an entire season and win a season championship. It takes some time to build the trust and confidence you need to go flat out as a team. Although I have definitely learned a great deal about myself and co-driving in general by having to adapt to different drivers and their unique driving styles and personalities.
What’s your favorite event on the Rally America schedule?
That's a really tough question. I'm torn between the fast and flowing roads of LSPR and 100AW. I would have to choose LSPR just because of the fantastic street stage and beautiful scenery in the UP during the fall. SOFR definitely deserves an honorable mention due to their tough technical roads and flawless organization.
Do you have any pre-event routines?
I usually spend a few days going over the supplemental regulations, planning travel, gathering crew, checking equipment, and creating an extensive movement plan. I also review as much footage as possible prior to the event.
Which other co-drivers in the sport do you respect the most?
All of them. It takes a little bit of crazy to jump in the car with someone and go flying through the woods! Some of the co-drivers I enjoy trading stories or asking advice from are Danny Norkus, Martin Brady, and Marianna Langosch (just to name a few).