CAMBRIDGE, ON – In just his first season behind the wheel of a VanDoorn Racing Development chassis, JR Fitzpatrick crafted a dominant run through the Flamboro Speedway weekly Pro Late Model division.
In 16 starts at the Hamilton-area bullring this season, Fitzpatrick managed an incredible 10 feature victories with no finish coming outside of the top-5 – eventually securing his first career weekly Pro Late Model championship.
“For us to come out of the gate with this car and find our rhythm right away was huge,” explains Fitzpatrick. “We wanted to get the job done at Flamboro this season. That was the goal. We weren’t ready to settle for anything less.”
“We jumped in with both feet,” continues Fitzpatrick in reference to his newfound relationship with VRD. “There weren’t any half-measures. This team is constantly improving. I really believe that we’re even better now than when we won the (2018) APC Series title. We’re working harder every week and I’m trying to make less mistakes with every race. We’ll never be finished improving.”
Fitzpatrick praises the depth of talent on Flamboro’s weekly roster, referring to his 2019 championship as one of the true highlights of an already head-turning career.
“Being able to jump in a new car and outrun a field as good as this one for a full season is a giant motivator for us moving forward,” explains “Grumpy”. “This roster is no joke. There are a lot of really good guys that race (at Flamboro) week in and week out. Keeping them behind you doesn’t happen by accident.”
“This is an accomplishment I’ll also be proud of,” adds Fitzpatrick. “You never know if you’ll ever have another chance to win a championship. Things change real quickly in this industry. So, we’re absolutely going to enjoy this one for a few months.”
While the 2019 season has just come to a close, Fitzpatrick and his family-run team has already started the off-season maintenance process for their equipment while they deliberate what step to take in 2020.
“I don’t think we’re anywhere close to being done with winning races in this car,” laughs Fitzpatrick. “We’ll have to sit down as a team and see where we want to take our program next year. Whether it’s jump back on the (APC Series) tour, race weekly somewhere or try and hit some of the bigger shows in the United States.”
“We feel that we have a piece that can contend anywhere. It all depends on where the team wants to go and where our sponsors want us to go. But, no matter what we end up doing for a schedule, the goal will be to win as many races and take as many headlines as possible.”
“We also have hope’s of returning to the IWK250 in Riverside, NS with our new equipment.”