Patrick Sheltra Solid In Michigan Practice; Sheltra Motorsports Team Debuts TOYOTA Camry BROOKLYN, Michigan (June 12, 2009) - - Mother Nature forced the postponement of yesterday's ARCA RE/MAX Series practice for this afternoon's Racing for ...
Patrick Sheltra Solid In Michigan Practice; Sheltra Motorsports Team Debuts TOYOTA Camry
BROOKLYN, Michigan (June 12, 2009) - - Mother Nature forced the postponement of yesterday's ARCA RE/MAX Series practice for this afternoon's Racing for Wildlife 200 at Michigan International Speedway (MIS) but Indiantown, Florida native Patrick Sheltra was ready to take advantage of the brief 50 minute practice this morning session to dial in the team's No. 60 Buffalo Wings & Rings TOYOTA Camry for the eighth race of the 2009 ARCA season.
The team tested last month at MIS with a TOYOTA Camry and a Dodge Charger and after much thought the Whitesville, Kentucky team decided to bring back the team's TOYOTA Camry as the vehicle of choice for Sheltra's fourth start at the historic Irish Hills track.
In practice Friday morning, Sheltra mounted a lap of 39.634 seconds at 181.662 miles per hour which locked the veteran team 13th on the practice rundown. At the open test, Sheltra was only able to best a time of 40.965 seconds or 175.760 miles per hour in the same Japanese nameplate. The team picked up almost a second and a half between the two sessions.
"The Buffalo Wings & Rings TOYOTA is good but real tight," said Sheltra. "I will tell you what though; the motor will haul the mail. We weren't real good at the test, so we made a lot of changes and so far it has paid off. We'll make a couple more (changes) before the race and we should be right on the mark."
Sheltra added, "The car has excellent speed and it turns good but the nose plows in the center of the corner making it extremely tight. We played with some little changes this morning but we have a good idea of what we want to do between now and the race, so I think we'll be even better car once the green flag drops."
The team's TOYOTA Camry came from Germain Racing who competes full-time in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. The Mooresville, North Carolina outfit has also participated in several ARCA RE/MAX Series events, including last year's Racing for Wildlife 200 under their own banner. Mike Abner, a familiar face in both garages will be on-hand to assist crew chief John Hayden with the TOYOTA program today.
"This team is doing everything we can to try and win the ARCA RE/MAX series championship," added Sheltra, who now sits fifth in the championship standings after his third place finish last weekend at Pocono. "We've had great success with our Dodge program this year but we had to test the TOYOTA waters for ourselves to see if it could speed our program along even further."