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May 14, 2024

Cam Waters joins RFK’s Stage 60, set for Cup debut at Sonoma


Cam Waters wears an RFK Racing hat and Stage 60 shirt in the RFK Racing shop.
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Cam Waters is set to make his NASCAR Cup Series debut at Sonoma Raceway next month with RFK Racing as part of its Stage 60 program, the team announced Tuesday.

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Waters, the Australian Supercars star, currently competes for Tickford Racing in Melbourne. The only driver to have won both the Australian Formula Ford Championship and the Supercars Development Series, Waters has made two NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series starts this season for ThorSport Racing at Martinsville Speedway and Kansas Speedway.

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BuildSubmarines.com will sponsor Waters’ No. 60 Ford, highlighting AUKUS, a trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

“This opportunity for me is a dream come true and one that I do not take lightly given the global audience of NASCAR and the Cup Series,” Waters said in a press release. “I’ve been fortunate to dip my toes into the NASCAR waters a bit this year and am excited to put my road-racing experience to the test this summer. It takes a village to make something like this come to fruition, so I especially want to thank the team at BuildSubmarines.com and AUKUS for giving me this opportunity to highlight the AUKUS security partnership, and for all the efforts at RFK to pull this off.”

Waters will pilot the Ford Mustang Dark Horse in an Open entry at the California road course on June 9 (3:30 p.m. ET, FOX, PRN Radio, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Per RFK Racing’s press release, Waters has accumulated 11 wins, nearly 50 podium finishes, and 24 career pole positions since beginning his full-time tenure in 2016. The Victoria native drives the No. 6 Ford Mustang GT for Tickford and holds the record for the youngest driver to compete in the Bathurst 1000, an event in which he has secured three consecutive podium finishes.

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“Cam has certainly logged his share of miles the last couple of months flying back and forth from Australia, but he’s done a great job familiarizing himself with NASCAR and working with David Ragan in our simulator,” Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports said in a release. “It’s always exciting when we can have someone from another part of our global motorsports family compete in a different series, and we feel this is a great opportunity for him to showcase his talent. We’re grateful to RFK for initiating this Stage 60 program, and we’re looking forward to Sonoma.”

According to the team’s press release, the AUKUS partners are working together to “deliver a sovereign conventionally armed, nuclear-powered submarine capability to Australia through a three-nation collaborative process involving training, production and technology integration.” The first Australian submarines will be acquired through the sale of United States Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarines, the release said, followed by the construction of a new class of submarines in both the UK and Australia.

“The AUKUS agreement adds even more stability to the well-paying skilled trades careers available at more than 15,000 companies making up America’s Submarine Industrial Base,” Kiley Wren, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at BlueForge Alliance, owner of BuildSubmarines.com, said in the release.

“We’re privileged to team up with RFK Racing through #Stage60 to raise awareness of these opportunities and the remarkable purpose behind them. Having a stand-out Australian driver behind the wheel of the No. 60 ‘Car With a Mission’ in Sonoma further amplifies this cause, and we look forward to seeing Cam Waters do what he does best.”

Sonoma will mark the second appearance of RFK’s Stage 60 initiative, launching at this year’s Daytona 500 with veteran driver David Ragan.

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