CAMBRIDGE, ON – 2019 Flamboro Speedway weekly Pro Late Model champion JR Fitzpatrick will look to defend his home track this Sunday as the Hamilton-area bullring plays host to the final round of the Grisdale Triple Crown on Day 2 of it’s Frostoberfest weekend.
Fitzpatrick’s VanDoorn Racing Development chassis has been a force all season at Flamboro, tallying 10 feature victories en route to the team’s first career weekly Flamboro Speedway championship.
“It absolutely feels like our team is right where we belong now,” supplied Fitzpatrick with pride. “There have been a couple ups and downs this season but any time we’ve taken a step back it’s made us better. This is an incredible program and we’re still finding ways to improve from week to week.”
“The (Grisdale) Triple Crown races are events that – no matter where you’re from – you want on your resume as a Pro Late Model racer. You’re going to see teams from all over the province on Sunday and it’s up to us to make sure we don’t let them take a win from us on our home turf.”
While Fitzpatrick understands that his status as newly minted Flamboro champion will attract even more attention for his family-run program ahead of Frostoberfest weekend, the young veteran is un-phased by the additional spotlight.
“I think every race comes with extra pressure when you’re track champion,” shrugs Fitzpatrick. “That’s what we live for, though. There’s no chance that anyone can put more pressure on us than we already put on ourselves.”
“We’re no strangers to big races,” continues the Cambridge, ON native. “And, over the years, it just seems like the bigger the race, the more intense the pressure and the better we perform. Pressure is a privilege. It’s what kept us working hard all season – I don’t want to stop feeling it now.”
With entries from all over Ontario, Fitzpatrick hopes to utilize his proverbial ‘home track advantage’ this weekend as the most winning-est driver on the 2019 Flamboro Speedway roster.
“Flamboro is not an easy place to come into as an outsider and get to the front,” says Fitzpatrick matter-of-factly. “We’ve had a ton of real good laps here this season and we’re going to try and use every single one of them to our advantage on Sunday.”
“We have one of the absolute best Pro Late Model programs in the province right now. Our goal has been to prove that every single week and (Frostoberfest) isn’t any different. If we can keep all four corners on this car we’ll have something that can contend at the end and put us on the top of that podium.”