Justin Fontaine, No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota Tundra
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
Winchester Speedway / Winchester ARCA 200
Box Score Report
Race No. 13 of 20
Laps: 200 / 200
Snapping a three-race stretch of bad luck in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) piloted his No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota Camry to a ninth place finish in Sunday afternoon’s Winchester ARCA 200 at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.
Never seeing the daunting half-mile short track before practice on Saturday afternoon, Fontaine spent practice getting accustomed to the track’s high banks and sweeping corners. Sitting comfortably inside the top-15, with the 12th quickest lap overall, Fontaine was optimistic heading to qualifying.
Finding more speed from practice, Fontaine’s lap of 16.335 seconds at 110.193 miles per hour, Fontaine found himself 13th in the race lineup for his ninth start of 2017.
After noticing a potential issue with the engine before the start of the race, the team opted to swap motors sending Fontaine to the rear of the field for the start of the 13th race of the season.
From the drop of the green flag, Fontaine hovered inside the top-15. Settling into his own pace, Fontaine and crew chief Bill Henderson would utilize the race to adjust the handling on their No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota to maneuver through the field.
With a torrid pace set by the leaders, Fontaine would lose a lap early, but thanks to a caution a few laps later, the Asheville, N.C. native found himself back on the lead lap.
The pace picked up considerably in the second-half but so did Fontaine.
Finding his groove and comfort zone, Fontaine was able to move into the top-10 late in the race and maintain his presence through the checkered flag to finish ninth, the last car on the lead lap.
“We really needed this run. The guys on this AM-Win-Tron Racing team really busted their tails to give me a No. 33 ProMATIC Toyota Camry that I could work with. We had a challenge with having to change the motor after qualifying, but we made a hard charge from the rear despite the circumstances.
I learned a lot about Winchester in a short amount of time, but man, what a great place it is to race.
We’ve been bitten by a stretch of bad luck and we really needed this finish to give us some momentum towards our final stretch of the year. I won’t be in the car for a few weeks, but I’ll be cheering from the sidelines and keeping the guys pumped about what we have left to accomplish this season.
I really want to thank ProMATIC, Snap-Track, AM Technical Solutions and all of our partners we have, because without them, I would not be here. Now, that we have a top-10, we need to start working on finishing the top-five and hope that eventually leads us to contending for a race win.”
- Justin Fontaine finished ninth in the Winchester ARCA 200 at Winchester Speedway in his ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards debut at the famed 0.5-mile paved oval.
- In nine career ARCA Racing Series races, Fontaine earned a career-best finish of ninth this past weekend at Winchester. Previously, he finished 11th twice at Elko (Minn.) Speedway and Madison (Wisc.) International Speedway respectively. An eighth-place qualifying effort at Iowa Speedway remains his best time trials effort to date.
- Kyle Benjamin won the Winchester ARCA 200 followed by Christian Eckes (second), Austin Theriault (third), Travis Braden (fourth) and Gus Dean (fifth).
Next Race: Herr’s Potato Chips 100 at Illinois State Fairgrounds on Sun., Aug. 20, 2017 live on MAVTV.
To learn more information on AM Racing please visit amracingteam.com.
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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