Before he got too busy with 2012 preparations, I caught up with Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship powered by Mazda driver Thomas McGregor for a Mazda Road to Indy Q&A.
Hailing from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he signed with Andretti Autosport in late October. The 2010-2011 Skip Barber Southern Regional Series champion chatted about his love of Eminem and football, ice cream and nightmare hotel rooms.
Now that the Cooper Tires Winterfest is just around the corner, what are you most looking forward to in 2012?
Everything! 2012 is a huge stepping stone and opportunity for me in my career. I am really looking forward to racing with Andretti Autosport in the Cooper Tires Presents the USF2000 National Championship powered by Mazda.
We hear your first job was working at Dairy Queen! Did you get all the ice cream you ever wanted and more?
I worked at my dad’s DQ for a little while. I must say, it was nice eating ice cream each and every day once I was done with work. I still have access to that ice cream whenever I want it, but as I’ve gotten older it is more of a treat now rather than a daily occurrence.
We hear you like to listen to Eminem before a race. Ever considered a career in rapping? C’mon, you know you’ve practiced…
No, I can honestly say that I haven’t. Racing is the one thing I have always wanted to do. Besides, I don’t think I am musically talented enough to make it a career, but it is a nice thought.
Which are your favorite NFL teams/players and why? If you had to do a touchdown dance, what would it look like?
My favorite NFL team is the New England Patriots because my favorite player, Wes Welker, plays for them. My touchdown dance would be crazy. I’m not sure how to make it crazy, but it just would be.
You’re obviously a very experienced traveler. Any nightmare hotel stories?
During one race weekend in Florida, my manager Michael Duncalfe found bed bugs in his room/bed. He was so disgusted he woke up my teammate Shelby Blackstock, who was staying in a different room at the same hotel. The two were so creeped out and knew they wouldn’t get any sleep that night so they drove to McDonald’s for food and ended up wondering the aisles of Wal-Mart for hours. I was sleeping soundly and was none the wiser in the morning. Needless to say we all changed rooms.
The USF2000 Cooper Tires Winterfest begins Feb. 6 at Sebring International Raceway.