CAMBRIDGE, ON – In addition to a spate of APC United Late Model Series and weekly Flamboro Speedway Pro Late Model events, fan favourite JR Fitzpatrick has announced that his team has added July 12 – 14’s IWK250 at Nova Scotia’s Riverside International Speedway to their crowded 2018 schedule.
“Riverside is a place I’ve always enjoyed competing at – so any time I get the chance to add it to my schedule I’m definitely going to jump at it,” says Fitzpatrick.
“There’s no question that the IWK250 is one of the biggest events in the entire country. It’s something I’ve always wanted to be a part of. This year, all the stars aligned and we were able to put together plans to get out there for it – I can’t wait.”
The 250-lap contest will mark Fitzpatrick’s first appearance at Riverside’s marquee event – however the second-generation racer has experienced success at the facility in the past, having earned a Parts for Trucks Pro Stock Series victory in 2014 in addition to numerous pole awards and runner-up finishes in what is now the NASCAR Pinty’s Series.
“We’ve always been good at Riverside so I’m hoping we can unload quickly and get our car up to speed right away,” explains Fitzpatrick. “There’s no doubt that we’ll be out there in the deep end of the pool. So we’ll definitely need to make sure that we come with our best if we want to compete.”
“We’re still putting together some partnerships to help us with tires and fuel but the plan right now is to haul our own car out there,” details the former OSCAAR Super Late Model Series champion. “I’m hoping we can maybe start a trend of more Ontario guys branching out and travelling to some of these bigger races across the country.”
While Riverside’s Pro Late Models share a litany of similarities with the cars competing regularly in Ontario, there are select differences that Fitzpatrick will need to familiarize himself with.
“They run a spec shock out there that we don’t have in Ontario,” says Fitzpatrick. “So we’ll run some test sessions with it to get a feel for the setup. Regardless of what we need to do to the car, I’m positive that we can be competitive. We just need to put the time in and make sure that we have a car capable of running in the top-5.”