CAMBRIDGE, ON – Fan favourite JR Fitzpatrick will unload at Flamboro Speedway for June 2nd’s Interstate Batteries 100 sitting P1 in the series points standings. The event will mark Fitzpatrick’s first series start at his hometrack, but instead of feeling awash with pressure and expectations, Fitzpatrick is instead looking ahead to the task at hand.
“It’s always great to race in front of a hometown crowd with your friends and sponsors in the stands – but it doesn’t really change what we’re going to be expecting of ourselves as a team,” explains the former Super Late Model champion.
“I’m coming into every race night looking to win. That’s the same if I’m 20 minutes from my living room or 20 hours from it – the standard that we hold ourselves to is always the same.”
In addition to his commitments to the APC Series, Fitzpatrick is also a regular in Flamboro’s weekly Pro Late Model division, and he knows the types of challenges that will await the field Come Saturday night.
“Flamboro is a race that I think a lot of guys have had circled on their calendar because it’s such a crapshoot,” says Fitzpatrick. “I’m not sure that we go to another track all year that’s going to demand more of you as a driver. It’s beat up, the pavements worn out and it can be really, really tough to pass. It can test you in a big way.”
Since enduring a nightmare 2017 season, Fitzpatrick and his Meineke Car Care-supported team have devoted themselves to their program to ensure the best chance at a career year in 2018.
“This team works a lot of hours and invests a ton of effort into making sure that we perform as strong as possible,” explains Fitzpatrick. “Believe me – it’s no accident that we were as fast as we were at Sunset. That was hours and hours and hours of work that made that happen.”
“We’ve been in the shop nonstop since we brought the car home [from Sunset] making sure that we’re going to be even better at Flamboro,” adds the championship hopeful. “These guys have been pouring their hearts and souls into this program and I want to be able to celebrate with them when it’s all said and done on Saturday night.”