Travis Kittleson and JCR3 Team Part Ways in Pro Cup
Young Florida Driver is now Exploring Other Options in Racing
Travis Kittleson currently sits ninth in the USAR Hooters Pro Cup Series point standings. He's delivered the JCR3 team a pair of top-10 finishes in three starts this season. He's been near the front each time out in the competitive Pro Cup Southern division.
But just being near the front doesn't cut it for Kittleson or the JCR3 team. Both the driver and team are considered by many observers as being among the best in the business, so naturally they both hope to rise to the top of the series. However, to do that requires the right degree of chemistry. And when Kittleson and the JCR3 team decided that they were missing that ingredient, they decided to part ways effective immediately.
Kittleson said that the split is an amicable one.
“It was a mutual decision,” said Kittleson. “We've run three races together and had a car that was capable of a top-five finish each time. Our results were very promising. But it wasn't really the right match. We never exactly clicked, so we sat down and decided to go our separate ways. It's a good team and they will be successful, and I know that I'll be successful with anything that I do in the future as well. We'll just be successful separately, that's all.”
Kittleson has turned heads in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series (formerly the Busch Series) driving for teams with limited resources.
Kittleson drove the #54 Chevrolet for JCR3. (Kathy Bond Photo)
He's also won big Super Late Model races and run up front on the former ASA National Tour. But what Kittleson does next in his career is now up in the air. He is currently weighing different options and talking to different teams.
“In the short term, I'd be available to help out any of the USAR Pro Cup teams that have a regular driver who is under 18 who needs a substitute driver for the Milwaukee races [Note - event rules for that race require a driver who is at least 18 years old, however the series will allow a substitute to collect points towards the championship],” said Kittleson. “I've adapted well to that type of car, and I feel that I can deliver a nice, solid run to a team and help their point situation.
“I'm also looking at options in the Nationwide Series, NASCAR Truck Series, Pro Cup, ARCA or Camping World East. I want to find the right fit…someplace where I can represent Bob Steele Chevrolet well and work to my potential as a driver. I know that I can win races for the right team, and it's just a matter of finding that team now.”
Those who are interested in discussing any driving opportunities with Kittleson can contact him at R/T Racing at (321) 693-8502