JR Motorsports Signs Another Young Driver

Sandra MacWattersCorrespondent IMay 7, 2010

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 29:  J R Fitzpatrick, sits aboard the #33 Schick Chevrolet during the Napa Auto Parts 200 Qualifying on August 29, 2009 at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
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Kelley Earnhardt co-owner and general manager of JR Motorsports announced one more new driver for the Nationwide No. 7 car.

JR Fitzpatrick, the 21-year-old, will drive three road-course events beginning June 19 at Watkins Glen.

Schick Canada will be the primary sponsor for the three races.

Tony Eury Jr. will serve as crew chief for Fitzpatrick.

The young man from Cambridge Ontario, Canada has four starts on road courses in the NASCAR Nationwide series.  His best finish was 18th at Watkins Glen in 2009.

Fitzpatrick is a hot shoe with CASCAR, the Canadian Association for Stock Car Auto Racing.

He became CASCAR series champion at age 18.  Two years earlier he became the youngest winner in that series.

An excited Fitzpatrick said "as a driver, surrounding yourself with good people and good equipment is all you can really ask for."

JR Motorsports will certainly provide an opportunity for the young Canadian to showcase his ability as a road-racer.

Fitzpatrick has 13 starts in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.  He had one top-five finish at Daytona.

Danica Patrick will return to drive the No. 7 at the end of June in New Hampshire.  Steve Arpin has been piloting the car in recent Nationwide races for JR Motorsports.

Kelley Earnhardt and Dale Earnhardt Jr. continue to give opportunities to young, talented drivers. It remains interesting to see which one will prove to be a superstar.

The driver generating the most interest, of course, is Danica Patrick.  We will once again get to see Patrick's attempt at proving her ability to drive stock cars in the ten races she will run later this year.

Hopefully Danica will prove worthy of all the hype she generates.  She needs to learn fast if her plans for moving to the top tier of NASCAR are to come to fruition.  That may be the best place for her, as her IndyCar adventures continue to be very mediocre.

We sit and watch the talent churn through JR Motorsports, but for now what better place for one JR than at a place run by another JR.