Patrick Sheltra Optimistic Heading Into New Jersey; "Mr. Showtime Hoping For A Good Show Sunday Afternoon" MILVILLE, New Jersey (September 25, 2008) - - Ready or not, ARCA's return to a road course is here and Sheltra Motorsports driver ...
Patrick Sheltra Optimistic Heading Into New Jersey; "Mr. Showtime Hoping For A Good Show Sunday Afternoon"
MILVILLE, New Jersey (September 25, 2008) - - Ready or not, ARCA's return to a road course is here and Sheltra Motorsports driver Patrick Sheltra heads to Millville, New Jersey Motorsports Park this weekend for the running of the Loud Energy Drink 150.
And with Atlantic City just a half-hour away, Sheltra hopes his luck at the Casino will carry over to the 19th event on the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series which steers the Indiantown, Florida native to his first ever road course.
[IMAGE]"I keep telling myself I'm ready for New Jersey this weekend," said Sheltra who finished 11th in the most recent ARCA RE/MAX Series event at Salem Speedway two weeks ago. "To be honest, I'm really excited about the race. I know that I'll face some challenges but each race we've had this season has had one challenge or another and we'll just have to put all the pieces together and look for a strong showing Sunday afternoon."
Earlier this summer, Sheltra along with fellow ARCA RE/MAX Series driver Ken Butler III headed to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin where the two veteran drivers participated in the Skip Barber Racing School at Road America with the drivers spending three days learning the logistics of road course racing and taking to the track for themselves. Sheltra already knows that the three-day course has paid off after spending Tuesday afternoon testing at NJMP behind the wheel of his No. 60 Ferguson Pipe-FloraGanics Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS.
"I'm so glad I did the Skip Barber School," sounded Sheltra. "The tracks are actually a little similar and I remember a lot of what the school told me to do and I see it eye-to-eye not only in the rental car but in the race car as well. I know I'll continue to get better with the more track time this weekend."
Sheltra added, "The test went really well. I was happy. We received plenty of track time and the adjustments we made to the car during the test really helped the grip of the car to the track. You can tell it's a new track, it has plenty of grip. I only went off the track once on Tuesday and I consider that pretty good, so I just need to remain focused and look ahead to conquering the bigger picture this weekend."
To help dial in the team's Sheltra Motorsports entry on Tuesday, veteran road racing driver instructor David Smith took the wheel of the team's entry and provided feedback to both Sheltra and the team that should give them a bigger advantage heading into Friday's activities.
"Dave was awfully nice to take the time to come over and talk to me and help us with the setup of the race," explained Sheltra. "He told us we had a very good and stable car and pointed out to me what I can do as a driver to help pick up the pace a little bit. I know I'm not going to the fastest guy here but I'm confident with the help of the school and Tuesday's session, we're going to be solidly in the top-15."
Looking ahead to the 19th race of the season, Sheltra remains focused on giving his Whitesville, Kentucky team their eighth top-10 finish of the season. "Anything can happen this weekend but I know we have a very good racecar," noted Sheltra. "I'm proud of the boys on this team. They literally built this car from the ground up and it's fast. My main goal this weekend is to stay on the track and bring home another top-10 finish for them and our marketing partners."
Locking ninth in the ARCA RE/MAX Series championship standings and a mere 20 points from sixth place, Sheltra knows that a good run on Sunday will help propel to a career-best championship finish. "There are just three races left and we're 20 points from sixth. Last year we finished seventh, so I'm gunning to beat that by one this year. This point's battle is extremely tight. There is no room from error from sixth to 10th. Whoever plays it the smartest this weekend will walk away sixth in points and believe me, we're hoping it's us."