By DARCY MACRAE // THE TELEGRAM
Although J.R. Fitzpatrick’s is making his first visit to Newfoundland, the 19-year-old race car driver is proud of his roots in this province.
Fitzpatrick, an up-and-comer in NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing), soaked up the sights and sounds of St. John’s during a quick drive through downtown Thursday, never taking his gaze off the historic buildings of Water Street or the boats coming and going through the narrows. The native of Cambridge, Ont., was impressed with what he saw and particularly happy to finally get the chance to travel to Bell Island, where his father, John Fitzpatrick, grew up.
“I always wanted to come here since I was a little kid,” said Fitzpatrick. “It’s a very beautiful place. It’s a very relaxing place, it doesn’t seem as busy as back home.”
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