In the Cockpit: #815 Toasted Racing
The sport of rally requires both driver and co-driver to have full faith and complete trust in one another to perform their respective roles to the best of their ability. The top Rally America National Championship teams feature crews so in tune with one another that they can probably finish each other’s sentences.
Today’s edition of In the Cockpit features the Toasted Racing duo of driver Zach Whitebread and co-driver Cameron Carr. See just how well they know one another as they talk about various aspects of the sport and each event:
Who calls the shots between the two of you during a race weekend?
Zach: I would say that Cameron calls most of the shots, because I don’t like to have to worry about things and I’m pretty easy going. He likes to be the organizer and that is fine by me.
Cameron: Easy one... me.
Which one of you fell in love with rallying first?
Zach: I would say he fell in love with rally first. He used to go help people crew and would go to all sorts of events while doing it.
Cameron: This one might be me.. I know he spectated a few rallies before getting his own car. My first rally was 2013 Rally West Virginia as a crew member.
If you two swapped seats, who would adapt better to the other’s job?
Zach: He would adapt the fastest. I don’t think i could ride in the co-driver’s seat. I would probably get carsick and I would be too nervous to even ride.
Cameron: I think I could adapt to driving a bit easier. Zach gets a little distracted sometimes, so I think that would be funny.
Who enjoys doing recce more before an event?
Zach: I would say he enjoys recce the most. Recce is definitely the worst part of rally for me. I get bored having to drive down awesome roads at slow speeds! He likes it because he gets a chance to check and practice the notes.
Cameron: Definitely me. He's fine listening to music and having a conversation during recce.
Who celebrates more after the finish of an event?
Zach: I would say that Cameron celebrates after an event more that me. I’m always trying to think of what I would have done to be better for the next race. He likes to celebrate how we did at that one (something I should probably take lessons on from him).
Cameron: We are both happy to finish, but I probably stay up and celebrate harder since I don't have to tow the rig on Sunday.