AYR, ON – Following a disappointing 20th place finish in the APC United Late Model Series season opener at Sunset Speedway on May 27th, championship hopeful JR Fitzpatrick will return to tour competition this Saturday for Round 2 of the 2017 schedule at Flamboro Speedway.
“I can’t tell you how happy I am that our team has the chance to redeem ourselves so quickly,” says Fitzpatrick. “Sunset wasn’t us. That’s not what we’ve worked so hard for. That’s not the way we want to perform every week. We’re going to show everyone at Flamboro how strong we can be”.
For Fitzpatrick’s Marvin Freiburger-owned team, the next round of APC Series action could not have come soon enough, and the squad has prepared their Transaxle Truck Parts No. 37 for what they hope will be a memorable outing.
“I would’ve gone back to the speedway first thing Saturday morning,” offers the fan favourite. “The best way to shake off a bad race is to lay down a good one. We’re ready to work things out, immediately. It feels like we’ve been in the shop from the second we got home from Sunset to make sure we’re ready for Flamboro”.
The June 10th event will mark Fitzpatrick’s first Flamboro Speedway appearance under the APC Series banner, however the Ayr, ON competitor has had a number of starts at the Hamilton-area oval in a variety of different cars in recent seasons.
“Flamboro’s not the easiest place to race – I don’t think there’s a guy on this roster that would pretend it is,” shrugs the young veteran. “You can’t be afraid to get real snug against the car beside or in front of you. You just don’t have a lot of room to move”.
“If you aren’t at the front, you can guarantee you’ll be in traffic,” adds Fitzpatrick. “We’re planning for all of that heading into Saturday”.
Flamboro will mark Round 2 of an 11-race schedule for the tour, and after the team’s lackluster result at Sunset, Fitzpatrick is well aware of what will be required of his Marvin Freiburger Racing team this weekend.
“I don’t think anyone would ever call me someone that’s lacking in motivation,” laughs Fitzpatrick, “but when you toss me in a pit area with 20 of the best guys in the province at one of the most challenging places we’ll go to all season – it’s going to fire me up”.
“This Saturday is the perfect chance for our team to show how we’re built and how far we can go,” continues the perennial contender. “We’re not going to waste that chance”.