AYR, ON – Nearing the end of a trying 2017 campaign, JR Fitzpatrick’s next outing is scheduled for the Grisdale Triple Crown portion of Flamboro Speedway’s October 1st’s Frostoberfest event.
The second-generation racer has worked through a spate of mechanical issues and on-track incidents this season, and will roll into Flamboro motivated to capture his first win of the season.
“I’ve raced almost my entire life and can’t remember a single season that’s been nearly as tough as this one,” says Fitzpatrick. “It’s pretty wild when you stop and think about it. This has been a rough year so far, but all we can do as a team is put our heads together and push forward. Every step backwards is a lesson.”
“I understand that it may not always look like it, but we’re putting together a ton of knowledge every time that trailer door comes down,” adds the young veteran. “We can’t change anything just sitting at home in the shop, so quitting isn’t an option for us.”
With three 50-lap features on the docket, Fitzpatrick is placing great emphasis on the right strategy to make it to the proverbial ‘promised land’.
“I don’t care who you are, when you roll into the pits at Frostoberfest you know you’re in for a huge challenge,” explains Fitzpatrick. “No matter where you start, three races back-to-back-to-back is all about survival of the fittest. You need to make sure you make the right decisions at the right time, or all you’ll be left with is a frustrated team and a damaged racecar.”
“When you’re racing three times in one day you’re going to need to rely on your sense of patience,” adds the former OSCAAR Super Late Model Series champion. “It’s a whole lot of give and take. You really can’t force something to happen for you. Nothing is going to work out if you try and bully your way through the field on lap-1 – it’s all about picking your spots.”
While he started off the year driving for Marvin Freiburger Racing, Fitzpatrick will be behind the wheel of his own Pro Late Model at Frostoberfest. And, with an event of this magnitude approaching, Fitzpatrick knows the pressure is on him as an owner-driver to ensure his program is prepared enough to hang with some of the top Late Model talent in Ontario.
“No one wins this event based off of good fortune alone,” says Fitzpatrick matter-of-factly. “This event is won by the guys that have put the hours in and have done their homework. At the end of the day, I can guarantee that everyone watching will have an excellent idea of who’s putting the work in and who isn’t. If you aren’t as prepared as you need to be, you don’t stand a chance of making it from one end of the day to the other.”