Cambridge, Ontario native J.R. Fitzpatrick will make his second start with JR Motorsports at Walkin’s Glen this Saturday.
Driving the No. 7 Schick Hydro Chevrolet, Fitzpatrick looks to repeat the success he had at Road America.
"This is another great opportunity for me to drive the No. 7 Schick Hydro Chevrolet for JR Motorsports at Watkins Glen this weekend,” Fitzpatrick said in the team preview. “We had a solid run in our last race together and we're hopeful for at least another top-10 heading into Watkins Glen. It's a fun track that offers a lot of high-speed corners, but only a couple corners offer solid passing chances.”
In the last road course race at Road America, Fitzpatrick finished seventh after starting 23rd.
Fitzpatrick also has his eyes set on the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series championship.
"It's been an awesome season for me so far in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series (NCAT), and it's good to challenge myself in the Nationwide Series, too,” Fitzpatrick said. “There's a lot of talent in both series. It would be a thrill to drive the Schick Hydro Chevrolet into victory lane, and that's what I'm focused on this week."
Fitzpatrick is currently right on path to his NCAT Series goal as he sits first in points, seven points over D.J. Kennington. So far this year, he has an average start of 2.8, an average finish of 4.5, three top-fives, six top-10s, and two wins, with the most recent being on the Edmonton Road Course.
Fitzpatrick has also proven to be quite a road course racer in the NCAT Series. In 13 road course starts, he has five wins, 10 top-fives, 11 top-10s, four poles, and an average finish of 5.5.
Down the road, though, Fitzpatrick looks to be a driver to fit with a team as the total package, as he has also had success on the ovals. In 22 short track starts in the NCAT Series, he has one win, six top-fives, 11 top-10s, two poles, and an average finish of 10.4.
He has also run some Camping World Truck Series races in 2008 (Mario Gosselin/Kevin Buckler) and 2009 (Delana Harvick) and had some strong runs, including a fourth place finish at Daytona in 2009.
For now, Fitzpatrick has his eyes set on his current Nationwide Series schedule, which includes the Montreal road course race later this month, and the NCAT schedule.