CAMERON FERRE ENJOYING FAMILY TIME DURING DRAG RACING HIATUS
Drag racing can be a blur traveling from track to track weekend after weekend.
Family time can be hard to come by for some drivers.
With NHRA Mello Yello Series races on hold – due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic, drivers have plenty of time to be with their families and Top Fuel driver Cameron Ferre is taking advantage of that opportunity.
“I have been hunkered down quarantining with my wife (Angelina) and son (Jett, 19 months),” Ferre said. “It has kind of been the only plus side to all of this is that I’ve been able to spend a lot of time with my son. My wife works for McLeod Clutches for Paul Lee and she has been working home as well. We’re just trying to make the best of an unfortunate situation.”
Ferre bought his son an electric motorcycle, which has help pass the time. He and his wife and son live in Huntington Beach, Calif.
“We ride around our little community every day, it is the highlight of his day, which is really cool,” Ferre said. “He’s super into motorcycles and cars and all that and we play cars all day and ride around with his little motorcycle.”
Outside of family time, Ferre is keeping busy with his day job as a first-year full-time auto body and paint and auto collision teacher at Cerritos College in Norwalk, Calif.
“The school is shut down and everything got switched to 100 percent online, and I have been transitioning into that role, which has been pretty interesting,” said Ferre, who was a part-time teacher for four years before this fall. “I enjoy teaching. My dad had shops my whole life and he has a graphics business called Brico Industries and paints a lot of race cars. My dad teaches as well. He’s a teacher at Los Angeles Trade Technical College. He teaches the same thing I do, just at another college.”
Ferre is scheduled to drive Terry Haddock’s dragster April 17-19 at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil in Houston, but he knows that is uncertain.
“We kind of survive on small sponsorship and qualifying money and with all these races getting postponed it is going to affect what we are going to be doing because there’s less income coming in,” Ferre said. “Finding sponsorships is going to be tough. It will be a struggle, but we will do everything we possibly can to be back out there when racing does resume.”