Justin Fontaine, No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota Camry
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Lucas Oil Raceway / Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 Â
Box Score Report
Race No. 11 of 20
Laps: 108 / 200
Status: Out – Mechanical
Justin Fontaine’s ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at Lucas Oil Raceway didn’t start as planned and didn’t end as planned, but the team made progress throughout the day and night leaving the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 experience beneficial.
Friday greeted the teams with brutal heat, making the historical half-mile short track slick for conditions throughout the day.
With no prior experience at Lucas Oil, Fontaine spent a few laps of practice getting himself acquainted with the Indianapolis short track. While battling an ill-handling No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota Camry throughout practice, crew chief Bill Henderson made several changes to the car with some response which allowed Fontaine to end the session 19th quickest overall.
Wholesale changes were made from practice to qualifying, but in time trials, Fontaine was only able to post the 19th quickest time overall despite picking up a couple tenths of a second from practice.
Starting deep in the field was a disappointment for the Asheville, N.C.-based driver, but he didn’t stay their long.
Quickly moving forward, Fontaine hovered around the top-15, but found himself a lap down early after the race spread out into a long green-flag run.
When the caution waved approaching Lap 45, Fontaine was the second car one lap down. Under the yellow, Henderson opted to bring his driver down for four tires, fuel and a chassis adjustment to combat the handling of the No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota.
On the restart, Fontaine charged his way to 13th and when a caution waved for debris approaching Lap 90, the AM Racing development driver was the beneficiary of the free pass.
Restarting 15th and on the lead lap, Fontaine attempted to come through the gears, but experienced a mechanical failure with the clutch and transmission which thwarted an opportunity to earn his first career top-10 finish in ARCA competition and sent him to the garage with an early exit.
The team would be credited with a 22nd place finish.
“It stinks to have a mechanical failure for the second consecutive race in a row. I’m proud of my team and guys though. Man, we struggled when we rolled off the hauler and kept throwing changes at the car during practice and it didn’t really seem to help.”
“But, we never gave up. Bill (Henderson, crew chief) continued to make changes and by the start of the race, we really had something to work with. We were making progress and I feel like we were an adjustment away from putting ourselves inside the top-10.”
“I hate it for my guys, ProMATIC and all of our supporters of our team. We’ll regroup again and see what we can do at Pocono.”
- Justin Fontaine finished 22nd in the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway in his ARCA Racing Series debut at the Clermont, Ind.-based short track.
- In seven ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards races this season Justin Fontaine has logged three top-15 finishes, including a career-best finish of 11th twice at Elko Speedway and Madison International Speedway.
- Dalton Sargeant won the Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 followed by Michael Self (second), Chad Finley (third), Austin Theriault (fourth) and Sheldon Creed (fifth).
Next Race: ModSpace 150 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway on Fri, July. 28.
To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.
For more on Justin Fontaine, please like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine.
About AM Racing:
AM Racing is a second-year NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) team owned by entrepreneur Tim Self. Established in December 2015, AM Racing is headquartered in Mooresville, N.C. Operated by Self, a native of Austin, Texas, the team is prided on faith, honesty and intelligent performance. The team has named Austin Wayne Self, Justin Fontaine and J.J. Yeley as AM Racing drivers for 2017.
About Win-Tron Racing:
Located in Mooresville, North Carolina, Win-Tron Racing is a professional race team headquartered in “Race City USA.” Owned by former racer Kevin Cywinski, the team will compete for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards championship in 2017 with driver Gus Dean in the No. 32 GREE Toyota Camry. The team will also field a second entry in the No. 33 Toyota Camry with Justin Fontaine and others. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.
About ProMATIC Automation:
ProMATIC Automation Inc. specializes in the design and build of custom factory automation equipment. With complete in-house capabilities of design, programming, fabrication, machining, electrical and mechanical assembly, ProMATIC can manage project resources and coordinate manufacturing efforts to provide quality, on-time automation project implementation.
ProMATIC Automation, Inc. has extensive experience in the integration of high-level automation technologies like robotics, laser, vision, and dispensing systems along with many years of combined experience in the design and machining of custom manufactured components.
For more information on ProMATIC Automation please visit promaticautomation.com.