In the Driver's Seat

Cameron Morga

Lives in: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Car number: 54

A few years ago, when he was even younger than he is now, Cameron Morga said those he competed with in Quarter Midget racing called him “Consistent Cam" and “Cautious Cam."

A few years ago, when he was even younger than he is now, Cameron Morga said those he competed with in Quarter Midget racing called him “Consistent Cam" and “Cautious Cam."

Those he’s racing with now in the Lucas Oil Modified Series presented by RAM Mounts call him “rookie" and watch with interest as the 16-year-old from Albuquerque, New Mexico, makes the transition from scale-model Legends Cars to the powerful open-wheel cars used in the most competitive short-track touring series in the West.

“We’re planning on running the whole (Lucas Oil Modified) season," Morga said, “plus the (Las Vegas) Bull Ring series and maybe doing some Super Late Model stuff during the summer."

It’s a busy schedule but Morga said that’s what he likes and he’s been managing it for a while.

“I started racing at 5 in Quarter Midgets and then at 12 I ran a couple of races in Bandoleros and moved up to Legends Cars," he said. “I’ve run four years of Legends. I ran a couple of years with Jason Irwin and then these last couple of years with Peyton Saxton."

Morga has been keeping good company. Irwin also is from Albuquerque and he and Morga are part of a contingent of young New Mexico Modified racers that includes Dustin Tilbury, Shane Skaggs and Vanessa Robinson.

Skaggs, last year’s DJ Safety Rookie of the Year runner-up, left the series this year to concentrate on his education at the University of New Mexico and sold both of his Phil’s Phabrication Chevrolets to Morga for his Rookie of the Year campaign.

Saxton, an 18-year-old Las Vegas resident who has made two starts in the Lucas Oil Modified Series, won several Legends Cars championship and built Third Generation Racing into one of the strongest Legends teams in the country. He’s also one of two crew chiefs (Dale Dodds is the other) for Morga.

“Since I’ve been working with Peyton I’ve picked up a lot, I’ve learned a lot," Morga said. “This is where he wanted to go. He ran a couple of these races so I figured this would be best for me because he could really help me out here.

“These things handle pretty similar (to Legends Cars), other than you’ve got to be real easy on the gas. They’re pretty close in handling and everything like that."

cameron morga carMorga won a pair of Legends Cars titles at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and in his two races with the Lucas Oil Modifieds he’s demonstrated that ability.

He qualified sixth for the season-opening Spray Nine Race of Champions at Kern County Raceway February 10-11, but got caught in an accident after five laps and finished 20th. On March 11 Morga qualified 15th at Havasu 95 Speedway, one of the hardest tracks in the series to figure out, but was sidelined after 73 laps and finished 21st in the K&N Filters 100, the first of the 10 championship races.

He’ll try again April 8 at Tucson Speedway in southern Arizona.

“I’d like to say I’m aggressive but at the same time a lot of people say I’m really consistent," Morga said of his driving style. “That was kind of my nickname in quarter midgets, Consistent Cam or Cautious Cam. I’ve always been able to kind of run lap after lap and keep the times fairly close without jumping up and having a real fast lap or falling down a couple of 10ths. I’ve always been kind of cautious with the moves I make. If it’s there and I think I can make it work I’ll go, but I just try not to tear anything up."

Morga, whose father, Shawn, raced motocross and Arenacross, has his eyes on a four-wheel future. He said that plan was to spend “probably a year or two in these (Modifieds) and then we’ll see what we’ve got, what we can get lined up, when I turn 18 (and doesn’t have to contend with NASCAR’s age restriction).

“I’ll go wherever they give me a chance, but probably in the truck series, Xfinity or Cup would be where I would like to wind up."


Age: 16 (3 June 2000)
Lives in: Albuquerque, New Mexico
Marital status: Single
Occupation: Student
Car number: 54
Type of chassis: Phil’s Phabrication
Engine: Chevrolet
Crew Chief: Dale Dodds, Peyton Saxton
Sponsors: STM Enterprises; GEICO; Absolute Coating
Years in racing: 11
Divisions raced: Quarter Midgets; Mini Cups; Baby Grands; Legends Cars; Lucas Oil Modifieds
Series point standings: Rookie


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Ryan Schartau

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Age: 16 (2 October 2002)
Lives in: Chino, California
Marital status: Single
Occupation: Student; sophomore at Ontario Christian High School
Car number: 7r
Type of chassis: RBK-STR
Engine: Chevrolet
Crew Chief: Dean Kuhn
Sponsors: Scott Brothers Dairy; SpillVak; Team RBK Years in racing: 11 years Divisions raced: Go-karts, Trophy Karts, Legends Cars, Late Models, Lucas Oil Modifieds
Series point standings: First year

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