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ARCA rookie Justin Fontaine set to take on Lucas Oil Raceway

CLERMONT, Ind. – For the seventh time this season, ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards newcomer Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) is set to tackle a new track as the series makes it annual stop at Lucas Oil Raceway Park (LORP), site of Friday night’s Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200.

For Fontaine with the support of AM Racing and their development team Win-Tron Racing, they head to Lucas Oil Raceway looking to bounce back from a disappointing finish at Iowa Speedway where a mechanical failure robbed them of a top-10 finish.

At Iowa, Fontaine showed that he had a car capable of earning him his career-best finish in his sixth race, but 65 laps into the Fans with Benefits 150, a gear failure sent him to the garage and out of the race.

Still, Fontaine and crew chief Bill Henderson were encouraged by their performance.

“We’re going in the right direction,” said Fontaine. “I can’t thank the AM Racing, Win-Tron Racing and ProMATIC team enough for giving me good race cars. It’s unfortunate that we had a mechanical failure, but we’ve put that behind us and we’re focused on Lucas Oil Friday night and Pocono next weekend.”

Despite the Iowa finish, comfortable seems to be the norm for Fontaine, a native of Asheville, N.C.

In the past three races, the driver of the No. 33 ProMATIC Toyota has improved his qualifying game earning his best career-start of eighth two weeks ago at Iowa Speedway. Previously, it was a 10th at Madison International Speedway. Before then, it was a 12th at Michigan International Speedway.

“Our qualifying efforts have been solid,” added Fontaine. “I think we still have some work to do to get better – but we’re making progress every week and we’re able to find more speed from practice. Now, we just need to complete the circle.”

Even though Fontaine has never been to Lucas Oil Raceway, the 19-year-old is relying on his prior short track experience to play dividends.

“Yeah, I’ve never been to Lucas Oil, but I’ve been studying the track by watching old races and looking at photos and stuff,” Fontaine added. “Gus (Dean), my teammate has been to Lucas Oil before so I’m hoping if I have any questions – I can pick his brain and see if there’s something he can help me with.”

No matter what Friday night brings, Fontaine hopes the outcome brings him momentum he can carry in the second half of the ARCA season.

“You know after the Daytona crash that kept me out for a couple months, I’m just blessed to be able to go to the track and race every weekend,” he said. “I go to the race track every weekend thinking we have a chance to have a good finish. Under the right circumstances and a good handling No. 33 ProMATIC Toyota, I think we can win. We just have to keep digging.”

Currently 14th in the series’ standings (+2 positions from Iowa), Fontaine has a career best finish of 11th twice at Elko (Minn.) Speedway and Madison (Wisc.) international Speedway respectively.

While sticking with a heavy ARCA schedule for now, Fontaine’s focus is expected to turn towards the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series where he’ll compete in a limited schedule this summer in an AM Racing entry.

The Sioux Chief PowerPEX 200 (200 laps / 137 miles) is the 11th of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Fri., July 21 with an hour and forty-five-minute practice session planned from 12:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. General Tire pole qualifying is set for later in the day at 5:00 p.m. The race is set to take the green flag later shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event will be broadcasted live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the week’s activities. All times are local (ET).

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.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

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.

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Medical update on ARCA and NASCAR driver Justin Fontaine

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Officials from AM Racing and their driver development team Win-Tron Racing jointly announced today that ARCA Racing Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver Justin Fontaine recovery is going better than expected.

Fontaine, 19, suffered a mild compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae during a late-race accident the ARCA Racing Series Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway on Feb. 18.

He was released from Halifax Medical Center in Daytona Beach, Fla. the next afternoon, Feb. 19.
A week following his accident, Fontaine fighting mild pain showed up at the “World Center of Racing” to support his AM Racing team in Truck Series season-opener, where the team finished second and ninth respectively with drivers Austin Wayne Self and JJ Yeley.

Since then, while following a strict routine from his doctors, a recent follow-up appointment revealed that Fontaine has approximately eight more weeks of recovery with an expected return to racing on the ARCA tour at Elko (Minn.) Speedway on June 3 for the Elko ARCA 250.

“I’m feeling better, a lot better,” said Fontaine, a native of Asheville, N.C. “I am certainly appreciative of the support from everyone over the past month or so. From the phone calls, to the text messages and the outreach on social media, at times it’s been overwhelming, but I’m incredibly grateful. I just have to keep doing what the doctors ask and I’ll be back in a race car before I know it.”

Once cleared to drive, Fontaine will continue a steady presence in the ARCA Racing Series with Win-Tron Racing, while also running a limited Truck Series schedule with Mooresville, N.C.-based AM Racing.

“Everyone is anxious for me to be back,” added Fontaine.

“Over the next couple of weeks, I’m going to be more active at getting back to the shop and going to the race track with the teams. I’m also planning on getting on social media over the next eight weeks to give everyone an inside look at what I’m going through on the road to getting back to the track. I know it could have been a lot worse, so there’s no bad days.”

Cywinski said, “We talk to Justin regularly and you can tell that he is anxious to get back into a racing routine. While we wait for him to be cleared, we are building new race cars with the hope and intention that he’ll be back for Elko in June.

“From there, it will be an aggressive on-track program in ARCA and Trucks, nothing that we don’t feel Justin can’t handle. He wants to get back behind the wheel just as if he hadn’t missed a beat.”

Fontaine will join AM Racing and driver Self on the sidelines for Saturday’s Alpha Energy Solutions 250 at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway on Apr. 1.

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.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

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.

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Update and statements on ARCA Racing Series driver Justin Fontaine

The following is an update and statements from Win-Tron Racing regarding their driver Justin Fontaine who was involved in an accident during Saturday’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 driven by General Tire at Daytona International Speedway.
Fontaine, 19, suffered a mild compression fracture of his L1 vertebrae and will be kept overnight at a local Daytona Beach, Fla. hospital for observation.

“Justin is awake and alert following a hard crash at Daytona International Speedway,” said Win-Tron Racing owner Kevin Cywinski. “I’d like to thank ARCA and the Daytona International Speedway safety and medical teams for their amazing job attending to Justin following his accident. Justin is in good spirits and we hope to be able to provide a further update on his recovery time when it’s appropriate.”

Fontaine added, “I just want to let everyone know that I’m okay and I’m thankful for the outreach of support. I also want to thank Win-Tron Racing for building me a safe race car. I’d also like to especially thank ARCA and the track for their quick actions after the accident. It looks like I’ll be out of the car for a while, but I’d like to thank ProMATIC Automation for giving me the opportunity to compete at Daytona.”

For more on Justin Fontaine, please like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @driverFontaine.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

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.

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. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

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Justin Fontaine upbeat about ARCA debut at Daytona

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards rookie Justin Fontaine (@driverFontaine) will tell you that it was extremely hard to wipe the smile off his face following preseason testing last month with his Win-Tron Racing team at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Five weeks later, Fontaine is smiling again, upbeat about returning to the “World Center of Racing” for his ARCA debut in Saturday afternoon’s Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 driven by General Tire.

For his superspeedway debut, Fontaine will drive the No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota Camry for Win-Tron Racing, part of a two-car operation for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team with teammate Gus Dean.

“There aren’t words to describe how excited I am about going to Daytona this week,” said Fontaine. “I’ve been ready for race week since after the test. We had a good test session and the car had a lot of speed. I know I still have plenty to learn, but I know that I have a really good team around me and that’s important, especially at a place like Daytona.”

Speaking of the test, Fontaine, a veteran of Late Models turned in the 13th quickest lap overall in a two-day session that saw 52 drivers turn at least one lap around the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

“We spent time in single car runs with the team easing me into the draft,” recalled Fontaine. “We know that the draft is going to be super crucial this week with qualifying and the race, so I’ll be working close with Gus (Dean) and the other competitors and hope we can post a good lap in practice that put us with a good group for qualifying.

“When it comes down to the race, we’ll take it from there. I’ve watched a lot of You Tube over the last two weeks going back and watching the old ARCA races from Daytona. I’ve seen mistakes and what works and what doesn’t, I don’t plan to forget what I watched.”

For his ARCA debut, the Fletcher, N.C. native will be surrounded by veterans. Whether it’s in the garage with crew chief Bill Henderson, guidance from above from spotter Richard Coleman or in the hauler with team principals Kevin Cywinski and Tim Self, Fontaine knows he’s in good hands.

And if all that input isn’t enough, Fontaine’s cousin, Chris Fontaine, a NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver and often considered a superspeedway ace has also offered support.

“I’m thankful to have all the support around me that I do,” Fontaine said. “With all their advice, I hope it means good things during the race for our No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota Camry.”

Fontaine joins Win-Tron Racing, the driver development partner of AM Racing for several races on the ARCA Racing Series tour in 2017 starting with the Feb. 19 Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 driven by General Tire.

Tim Self, team principal at AM Racing attended the ARCA test to watch Fontaine make his first laps at Daytona and is confident of good things in the series’ season-opener.

“Like I said at the test, I’m proud of Justin,” said Self. “He learned a lot at Daytona during the test and without a doubt that confidence will help this weekend. Kevin (Cywinski) and I have worked together to make sure we put the personnel around Justin that he’ll be comfortable with and that he can trust.

“Once that green flag drops though, it’s all up to Justin and Richard and I think they’ll do great.”

The Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 driven by General Tire (80 laps / 200 miles) is the first of 20 races on the 2017 ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards schedule. Practice begins Thurs., Feb. 16 with a two-hour session from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. A final practice session has been etched in on Fri., Feb. 17 from 9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Group qualifying is set for later in the day at 3:30 p.m. The preamble for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series’ “Clash” is set to take the green flag on Sat., Feb. 18 shortly after 4:00 p.m. The event will be televised live on FOX Sports 1 (FS1), while ARCARacing.com will stream live timing and scoring throughout the entire weekend festivities.

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.

Follow Win-Tron Racing on Twitter @WinTronRacing, like on Facebook (WinTron Racing) or click on WinTronRacing.com.

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.

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. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

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Justin Fontaine pleased with Daytona test results with Win-Tron Racing

Following the two-day ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards open test session at Daytona International Speedway, it was hard to wipe the smile off Justin Fontaine’s face.

And for good reason.

Driving the No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota Camry for Win-Tron Racing, Fontaine posted the 13th quickest lap overall in a session that saw 63 drivers turn at least one lap around the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

Despite his limited superspeedway experience, Fontaine under the direction of his Win-Tron Racing team and car owner Kevin Cywinski quickly built up his speed and comfort level sending the University of North Carolina Charlotte student into the lead draft Saturday allowing the 19-year-old to post a strong lap at the “World Center of Racing.”

“I’m very satisfied with my weekend at Daytona,” said Fontaine. “I can’t thank the Win-Tron Racing team enough for bringing me a strong No. 33 ProMATIC Automation Toyota for the test.

“Each lap I made on the track, I continued to learn and that will help me a bunch when I come back to Daytona next month. We worked a lot on single car runs on Friday and then we worked up my comfort level getting into the draft. It was an experience I’ll never forget.”

Car owner Kevin Cywinski expressed how pleased he was with Fontaine’s progress from start to finish.

“Daytona can be intimidating,” he said. “It’s a place that has such rich history both on and off the track, but Justin added his name to the track legacy in his own way with a successful test at Daytona.

“He and the team worked really hard on getting him comfortable in superspeedway trim then took the opportunity for him to find his groove in the draft. He worked extremely close with his teammate Gus Dean who did a great job mentoring Justin. I really think we’re going to come back to the race next month with two cars capable of winning the race. I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of everyone at Win-Tron.”

Fontaine joins Win-Tron Racing, the driver development partner of AM Racing for several races on the ARCA Racing Series tour in 2016 starting with the Feb. 19 Lucas Oil Complete Engine Treatment 200 driven by General Tire.

Tim Self, team principal at AM Racing attended the ARCA test to watch Fontaine to make his first laps at Daytona.

“I’m real proud of Justin,” said Self. “He learned a lot at Daytona this past weekend and that will without a doubt will help us not only for the ARCA race next month, but also for his impending Truck Series start at Daytona the week after.

“The effort of Win-Tron Racing will undoubtedly give him the confidence he needs to go have a successful run on Feb. 19 and then hopefully that carries over to the Truck Series opener a week later. Good things are on the horizon and AM Racing is just proud to be a part of it.”

Justin Fontaine is the younger cousin of longtime Truck Series competitor and Florida short track ace Chris Fontaine.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit awsracing.com.

For more on Justin Fontaine, please like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @JPFracing

Follow Win-Tron Racing 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.

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. Learn more at WinTronRacing.com or on Twitter @WinTronRacing.

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Justin Fontaine returns to AM Racing for limited 2017 Truck Series season

MOORESVILLE, N.C. – Officials from AM Racing announced that Asheville, N.C. native Justin Fontaine will return with the organization for a limited NASCAR Camping World Truck Series (NCWTS) schedule next season. Fontaine, 19, joins AM Racing regular driver Austin Wayne Self who was recently announced as a returning driver for the Mooresville, N.C.-based team in their sophomore season of competition.

With the addition of Fontaine to the team’s roster, AM Racing plans to expand their operation to a two-truck team for several events to be named at a later date.

Fontaine made his Truck Series debut for AM Racing this past October at Martinsville (Va.) Speedway aboard the team’s No. 22 ProMATIC Toyota Tundra. After qualifying 28th, he finished 26th.
“It is an absolute pleasure to be re-joining AM Racing for 2017,” said Fontaine. “Since I’ve been with the team, I have seen nothing but the utmost professionalism from everyone within the organization and I can’t wait to continue to build upon what we started at Martinsville.”

A three-year veteran of the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series, Fontaine advanced his career with four NASCAR K&N Pro Series East starts this season before diving into one of NASCAR’s top-three national series. Making the move up the ranks, he began his career racing Quarter Midgets, Mini Cup and Late Models on local short tracks throughout North Carolina and Tennessee.

“My primary goal for 2017 is to simply learn as much as I can,” added Fontaine. “With a part-time schedule, it’s more difficult to take in everything the trucks have to offer, but with the team we have I believe I can learn quickly and be an effective member of this team.

“I learned so much at Martinsville, from the way the trucks drive to what I can expect from my fellow competitors. I felt like I took to the trucks even quicker than I did the K&N cars,
despite what the results say. The professionalism and competition within the series is incredible, and I can’t wait to be back next year.”

To enhance his motorsports skills, Fontaine will also run in the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards events for Win-Tron Racing, the driver development partner of AM Racing next season. Fontaine will partake in the upcoming test session at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway next month, then return for the series’ season-opener on Feb. 18.

“We’re extremely pleased and glad to have Justin back with AM Racing in 2017,” said AM Racing team principal Tim Self. “Justin is a hardcore racer with a desire to work hard on and off the track, while carrying an upbeat contagious demeanor. We’re eager to see his progression and success next year.”

Justin Fontaine is the younger cousin of longtime Truck Series competitor and Florida short track ace Chris Fontaine.

To learn more information on AM Racing please visit awsracing.com.

For more on Justin Fontaine, please like his Facebook page (Justin Fontaine) or follow him on Twitter @JPFracing

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.

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 and Justin Fontaine as AM Racing drivers for 2017.

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