Patrick Sheltra Negotiates Ninth Fastest In Practice At New Jersey Motorsports Park "Mr. Showtime Solid In Round One Of Practice" MILLVILLE, New Jersey (August 11, 2010) - - Not particularly known for his road racing skills, ARCA Racing Series...
Patrick Sheltra Negotiates Ninth Fastest In Practice At New Jersey Motorsports Park
"Mr. Showtime Solid In Round One Of Practice"
MILLVILLE, New Jersey (August 11, 2010) - - Not particularly known for his road racing skills, ARCA Racing Series (ARS) presented by RE/MAX and Menards driver Patrick Sheltra was able to negotiate the ninth fastest practice lap in the first of two practice sessions today at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) in preparation for the 13th ARCA race of the year, the Garden State ARCA 150 presented by American Red Cross set for Sunday August 15.
[IMAGE]It was Sheltra's first time at NJMP where he was able to maneuver his Chevrolet bow-tie into the top-10 in five previous practice sessions held at the three-year old road course. The team ran 12 laps overall in the hour and a half session.
Making his third appearance at the 2.25-mile road course, Sheltra arrived at the Millville, New Jersey race course cautiously optimistic about his fourth ever attempt on a road course which consists of making both left and right turns.
Climbing from his No. 60 Sheltra Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS after practice early Saturday afternoon, the Indiantown, Florida native was upbeat about the team's overall performance thus far.
"We can't really complain about where we are sitting," said Sheltra, who circled the track in 85.743 seconds or 94.468 miles per hour. "We were one of the first cars to go out and to stay solidly in the top-10 is something to be proud of as far as I'm concerned."
The 24-year old Sheltra continued, "This is the same Chevrolet we had at Palm Beach earlier this year and we've worked on it throughout the year hoping to find a few little thinks that could help us performance wise here for New Jersey. Overall, I'm really comfortable with the car; we just need to keep making a few little tweaks and we're going to be just fine."
The four year ARCA pro will take nearly an hour break to consult with crew chief Jon Wolfe and his Sheltra Motorsports crew about potentially making some adjustments that will aid the ARCA Racing Series championship contender driver to find additional speed in the second and final round of practice set to begin at 1:35 p.m. Eastern.
"The more I'm on the track, the more I learn and the faster we seem to get," explained Sheltra, who will make his 80th career ARCA start tomorrow. "Jon (Wolfe, crew chief) has been here with Andy (Lally) before and he (Andy) knows what it takes to run up front on road course. Jon has already given me advice that has helped me tremendously so far today. I confidently think we have a car that's capable of qualifying and finishing comfortably in the top-10, we just need to keep on track the rest of the weekend and keep ourselves in this championship chase."
-source: sheltra motosports