CAMBRIDGE, ON – 2018 APC United Late Model Series champion JR Fitzpatrick Will once again follow the cross-province Pro Late Model tour this season with hopes of becoming the series’ first ever two-time champion.
“Our main goal is to get back to the championship,” says Fitzpatrick. “(2019) wasn’t entirely the year we were looking for on tour. We stumbled a bit and it ended up stifling us as far as the points standings were concerned.”
“I think we had good cars – but not great cars – in just about every tour race last year and that’s just not enough if you want to be a champion against top-tier teams. We need to have the absolute best package every time we roll out of the trailer. That’s our motivator for this season.”
While Fitzpatrick’s team was out of championship contention in 2019, their season was far from a loss. His family-owned outfit debuted a brand new VanDoorn Racing Development and tallied a pair of podium finishes – highlighted by a victory in the season finale at Delaware Speedway in September – ahead of finishing 4th in the championship points standings.
“There were moments to be proud of – no question,” offers the Cambridge, ON native. “But we went back to the drawing board in a big way this Winter. I haven’t been this excited for a season opener in a long time. With all of the hours we’ve invested over the off-season, I feel good about showing up at any speedway in the province with a car that can compete right out of the box.”
“Our team didn’t need much convincing to commit to another year on the tour,” continues Fitzpatrick. “The organization, the fan following and the level of competition is unparalleled anywhere else in the province.”
“It’s an unreal feeling when you can come out and score a win on the tour because there is no denying that there are no easy nights. If you get to victory lane, there’s no one in this sport that can say you didn’t earn it.”
With his championship season still fresh in his memory, Fitzpatrick is confident in what his team can do during their second campaign with their VanDoorn Racing Enterprises mount.
“I’m comfortable I’m saying that we know the quick way around every track on the tour,” says Fitzpatrick matter-of-factly. “We have a championship-caliber team and now it’s up to us to put all the pieces together again and make another run at a title.”
“We’re real happy with what we’ve done to improve our program over the off-season. We know that we have a package that can work. This team is going to win some races in 2020.”