Canadian J.R. Fitzpatrick has signed with Stacy Compton’s Turn One Racing to run the full 2012 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series schedule, and could also make his first career Sprint Cup Series event on the road course at Watkins Glen International later this year.
Fitzpatrick told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s SiriusXM Speedway with Dave Moody that he will drive the No. 60 Chevrolet Silverado this season, replacing Cole Whitt, who left to take a full-time NASCAR Nationwide Series ride with JR Motorsports during the off-season. Whitt led the Truck Series points last season before eventually fading to ninth in the final rundown.
“I know this sounds pretty sudden, and it is,” said Fitzpatrick. “But my management group has been holding conversations with Turn One Racing for over a year. They’ve got really nice stuff and Stacy is a great team owner. Talks heated up a couple of weeks ago, and now we’ve agreed to race together for the whole year.”
Fitzpatrick confirmed that he will also compete in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series this season, saying that while he may have “a couple of (scheduling) to be filled here and there, the Truck Series will definitely take precedence, I’ve spent a lot of time in the Canadian Tire Series and only gotten a few shots at a big-time ride in the States.”
He declined to comment on sponsorship, saying, there are “a few groups we’re working on, but nothing to announce yet.”
The 2006 CASCAR Super Series (now NASCAR Canadian Tire Series) champion, Fitzpatrick has 28 career starts in the NASCAR Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series, and finished a career-best fifth on the road course at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal last season for Go Canada Racing. He will make his first career Sprint Cup appearance at Watkins Glen.