CAMBRIDGE, ON – Reigning and defending APC United Late Model Series champion JR Fitzpatrick will return to the cross-province tour in 2019 with a brand new chassis underneath him.
Fitzpatrick will campaign a 2019 VanDoorn Racing Development chassis in his pursuit of a second consecutive tour championship after having entered into a first-time partnership with former CRA Super Series champion John VanDoorn along with his brother and business partner Butch VanDoorn.
“This is absolutely huge for our program,” smiles Fitzpatrick. “I can’t explain how important it is to surround yourself with people that want to win and succeed as badly as you do. That’s how you stay motivated and hungry. And Johnny and Butch want to win as badly as any two people I’ve ever met.”
The Cambridge, ON native is coming off of a career Pro Late Model year in 2018, tallying 2 wins and 7 top-5s in 9 starts for his first career APC United Late Model Series championship.
“As strong as we were (in 2018) I absolutely believe that we can improve on our performance,” says Fitzpatrick. “We’re coming back to win another championship.”
“We aren’t the team that gets in the shop and hopes and prays to run in the top-10 – we set the bar way higher than that,” continues the fan-favourite. “We want to challenge ourselves. We want to push ourselves. We’re working our guts out to win races and we feel as though (VanDoorn Racing Development) is going to give us a car that can put us in position to win races every single week.”
For Fitzpatrick – already a former CASCAR Super Series and OSCAAR Super Late Model Tour champion at the time of his recent APC Series triumph – the driving force behind his indefatigable will to win is the prospect of being remembered as one of the top short track competitors of his generation.
“I hope that when I step away from doing this – and that won’t be for a long time – that I’ll be remembered as one of the best guys of this era,” explains the second-generation star. “All of the hours in the shop and every ounce of effort our team puts in is for that. Because, you get left behind in people’s memories if you finish second.”
“Our mindset is to win every single time we pull up to a pit gate – no matter where it is,” continues Fitzpatrick. “We aim big because we don’t know any other way. Our program is going to be retooled in a big way this year and I can’t wait to see just how much farther we can push it.”