Patrick Sheltra Ready For Lone Star State Invasion "ARCA Veteran Anxious For Texas Motor Speedway Open Test" JUSTIN, Texas (March 5, 2010) - - On the heels of two top-10 finishes in-a-row following the most recent ARCA Racing Series event at...
Patrick Sheltra Ready For Lone Star State Invasion
"ARCA Veteran Anxious For Texas Motor Speedway Open Test"
JUSTIN, Texas (March 5, 2010) - - On the heels of two top-10 finishes in-a-row following the most recent ARCA Racing Series event at Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway last weekend, Indiantown, Florida native Patrick Sheltra is shifting gears and preparing for a demanding test at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) on Tuesday, March 9.
The ARCA Racing Series is returning to the ultra-fast 1.5-mile speedway for the first time in 12 years but the 23-year old Sheltra will embrace the track centered in the "Lone Star" state for the first time in his racing career.
Sheltra, in his fourth season of ARCA competition has competed at similar intermediate tracks like Chicagoland Speedway, Kansas Speedway and Kentucky Speedway but he knows that TMS has the potential to bring a whole new kind of rattle to the program.
"Without a doubt, Texas might just be the fastest track that ARCA competes on," said Sheltra, who sits a very competitive fourth in the championship standings after two races. "Sure, we top 200 miles per hour at Daytona and Talladega, but those are a very different scenario than what we're anticipating on Tuesday. I'm expecting the track to be very fast which should lead to some impressive lap times which could set the tone to what we can expect when we return in April."
Sheltra realizes though that with the speed will come some fierce racing which he is gladly hoping for when the Rattlesnake 150 takes the green flag on April 16 live on SPEED.
"No one wants to see a dull race -- and we know last year, some of the best racing occurred on tracks similar to Texas. The competition will be intense because everyone wants to say that they won in ARCA's return to Texas. I want to win at Texas though because I want one of those cowboy hats!"
And should "Mr. Showtime" master the field and pull into victory lane for his first career speedway victory, he knows exactly where's going to put the legendary victory lane treasure. "If we win, that hat is not leaving the state -- we'll put it down in our ranch in Dryden."
Speaking of Dryden, Sheltra is planning to make the hike to the isolated city following Tuesday's test session. "I guess you can call me a part-time Texan," Sheltra laughed. "You might as well. Our family spends a lot of time out there, which is about eight hours from the track. Texas is just a cool state, so to have the honor to be able to now race in the same state doesn't hurt my feelings one bit."
For the first time this season, Jon Wolfe, crew chief for Sheltra Motorsports will unload a Toyota Camry as the team's primary manufacturer of choice for the test on Tuesday. The team is expected to use the Japanese nameplate for the fourth race of the season next month.
The No. 60 Toyota Camry is a new addition to the Sheltra Motorsports fleet after being acquired from Eddie Sharp Racing, the 2009 ARCA Racing Series championship team.
"We're excited about this new hot rod," Sheltra boasted. "Jon (Wolfe) and the guys have worked around the clock to get our new baby up and running. I'm anxious to see how she will roll on Tuesday."
-source: Sheltra Motorsports