By Anthony Caruso III
Cameron Ferré has agreed to join the Lamattina Top Fuel Dragster in Australia. He will be the driver of the YBI Creative Dragster.
He will be joining the team this upcoming weekend in Sydney for the Santo’s Summer Thunder. It kicks off on Friday, January 18th.
“I was so stoked when my buddy Richie Crampton called asking if I would be interested in filling in for him down in Australia,” Ferré said. “I could not say yes fast enough. I have been working hard here at home to coninue my Top Fuel career in the NHRA, but a chance to get behind the wheel in Australia was too good to be true.
“And to have a guy, like Richie, recommended me to Phil and his team is very humbling. I have some big shoes to fill, Richie is an awesome driver.”
Ferré last competed in the 54th annual Auto Club NHRA Finals at Auto Club Raceway in Pomona, California. He was eliminated in the first round by Steve Torrence.
The Kilgore, Texas native went 3.995 at 322.88 mph to get the win. The Huntington Beach, California native went 10.300 at 75.44 in Terry Haddock’s Top Fuel Dragster.
“Drag Racing is such a huge part of my life and I am grateful for every opportunity I am given to progress in the sport,” Ferré said. “To be able to drive for the Lamattina team and be teammates with the current Australian champion Kelly Bettes is awesome. They have great equipment and people on the team and I cannot wait to meet and work with them all.
“I am definitely going to soak up as much knowledge as I can while I am down there, maybe even a little Sydney sunshine, too.”
Lamattina Racing has one win this season already. Bettes won the New Year’s Thunder event. In addition, this opportunity to have a second driver will allow them to collect more data as they go for back-to-back championships.
“Cameron is a promising young guy and to have him in our team will be a great way for us to improve our cars as well as his driving,” Phil Lamattina said. “Sydney is just up the road from our race shop, but It’s a long way for him! We will make sure he’s feeling at home by the time we get him on the race track.”