his first ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards start
since capturing the coveted ARCA championship at Rockingham
(N.C.) Speedway last October, Patrick Sheltra recorded a
commendable fourth place finish at Berlin (Mich.) Raceway
in the Hantz Group 200 for Tony Marks Racing (TMR).
Sheltra, the Indiantown, Florida native was
subbing in the No. 12 Mad Croc Energy / Dodge Motorsports
/ VR-12 Dodge Charger for ARCA Rookie of the Year candidate
Maryeve Dufault who was nursing a minor shoulder injury
since being involved in a hard crash in the previous race
at Winchester (Ind.) Speedway.
With car owner Tony Marks calling upon the
25-year old to wheel the team’s race car, it wasn’t
a surprise to anyone when the garage area considered the
TMR team a sleeper for the 10th race of the 2011 season.
2010 champion crew chief Jon Wolfe made the trek with Sheltra
up to the .4-mile oval where the duo notched a satisfying
second-place finish the year before.
July 6, 2011
ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards champion Patrick
Sheltra will return to competition Saturday night at Berlin
(Mich.) Raceway behind the wheel of the No. 12 Mad Croc
/ Dodge Motorsports Dodge Charger for Tony Marks Racing
(TMR) in the Hantz Group 200.
Sheltra, 25 will substitute ARCA Racing Series
Rookie of the Year candidate Maryeve Dufault who is recovering
from a minor shoulder injury sustained at Winchester (Ind.)
Speedway two weeks ago. The 2010 ARCA champ will also evaluate
the team’s ARCA program while also acting as a mentor
and driver mentor for Tony Marks Racing’s primary
driver Dufault and newcomer Jared Marks.
“In the best interest of Maryeve, we
made a joint decision for her to skip Berlin, so she can
fully recover and ready for our next race at Iowa Speedway,”
said car owner Tony Marks. “I’ve talked to Patrick
on multiple occasions throughout the year about possibly
racing with us for a race or two and with the circumstances
we’re faced with, we’re happy to have Patrick
on-board this weekend. We also know that someone of Patrick’s
caliber cannot only make this team stronger but also give
Maryeve and Jared an enormous amount of input and guidance.”
April 11, 2011
When Patrick Sheltra won the 2010 ARCA Racing
Series crown, he realized one of his racing dreams- to become
a champion. On Thursday, April 14, Sheltra will be honored
for that accomplishment as a guest of honor at the 2011
International Motorsports Hall of Fame (IMHOF) Induction
Ceremony held at Talladega Superspeedway's SPEED Channel
Sheltra will be honored along with 2010 Driver
of the Year Jimmie Johnson as the IMHOF welcomes the 2011
class, John Holman, Jan Opperman, Maurice Petty, Brian Redman
and Rex White, to the Hall of Fame. The 2010 ARCA Racing
Series Champion will be presented to guests at the Induction
Ceremony by long-time racing veteran Ken Schrader.
"I want to thank the International Motorsports
Hall of Fame for this great honor," said Sheltra. "It
is such an honor to be here as this group of drivers, mechanics
and team owners, some of the greatest names in motorsports,
are inducted into the Hall of Fame."
March 30, 2011
Sheltra left the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards
test session at Talladega Superspeedway exactly where he
ended the 2010 season--on the top. The 2010 ARCA Racing
Series champion lapped the 2.66-mile track in a time of
50.575 seconds (189.343 mph), fastest of the 20 drivers
to take laps around Talladega's high-banks.
While the test was originally planned to be
held both Tuesday and Wednesday, rain forced ARCA officials
to cancel the second day of testing, proving Tuesday's fast
results that much more important for the 2010 championship-winning
team. The Sheltra Motorsports team came to Talladega looking
to get a new superspeedway car prepared for the ARCA Racing
Series 250 on Friday, April 15.
"It's kind of a new era for us because
we have switched our speedway program to Toyota," said
crew chief Jon Wolfe. "The biggest thing was that we
had the opportunity to draft with the new car. It was a
little bit of a learning experience with the Toyota, and
we struggled to find speed a little bit with single car
runs, but we have a good game plane now in place for what
needs to be done to be better. In the draft we were obviously
pretty strong, but we lacked a little bit to be able to
pull up on cars. All in all we were pretty happy with how
the car drafted." [more]
March 3, 2011
is different for Patrick Sheltra in 2011. While the 2010
ARCA Racing Series champion works to continue his career
in the top ranks of NASCAR, he has a new role on his Sheltra
Motorsports team in the ARCA Racing Series- team owner and
While the 24-year-old driver is learning his
new role at Sheltra Motorsports in 2011, there is no question
where Sheltra belongs- behind the wheel of a racecar. Often
described as an "old-school" racer, Sheltra's
talent, aggressiveness, and ability to bring his racecar
to the front of the field has drawn the attention of some
of the top teams in NASCAR.
"I'm not only a driver, I'm a racer,
and throughout my racing career I think I've proven that
I'm going to do what I have to do to get the job done, no
matter what it takes," said Sheltra. "At the end
of the day it's about winning and being consistent, whether
it's the race or the championship, and that's what I'm going
to do." [more]
February 21, 2011
ARCA Racing Series Champion Patrick Sheltra survived a late-race
wreck in the DRIVE4COPD 300 to claim a 24th-place finish
in the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season-opener at Daytona
Having to qualify into the field on speed, Sheltra drove
his No. 41 Rick Ware Racing (RWR) Ford around the 2.5-mile
high-banked oval in a time of 50.873 seconds (176.911 mph).
The time was good enough to get Sheltra into the field,
lining up in the 35th position.
When the green flag dropped to signal the start of the
2011 NNS season, Sheltra maintained position for the first
15 laps while struggling with the power in his No. 41 Ford.
The first yellow of the 200-mile event came out on lap 15
for a multi-car wreck, giving the Rick Ware Racing team
an opportunity to adjust on their Ford Mustang.
February 14, 2011
Ware Racing has signed 2010 ARCA Racing Series champion
Patrick Sheltra to pilot the No. 41 Fuel Doctor Ford Mustang
at Daytona International Speedway (DIS). Sheltra will hit
the track with his Rick Ware Racing team on Saturday, February
19th for the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season-opening
event, the DRIVE4COPD 300.
24, won the 2010 ARCA Racing Series championship on the
strength of two wins, 12 top-five and 17 top-10 finishes
in the 20 race ARCA schedule. The Indiantown, Florida-native
is looking to continue that success in NASCAR's top-three
touring series in 2011 while getting his season off to a
strong start with Rick Ware Racing at DIS.
"I'm very excited for this opportunity with Rick Ware
Racing for the NASCAR Nationwide Series event at Daytona.
This was a last-minute deal that we put together for Daytona,
and I appreciate Rick trusting me with his race car. I like
superspeedways, and I'm looking forward to giving them a
good performance with a solid finish."
December 5, 2010
eight weeks after finishing the 2010 ARCA Racing Series
presented by RE/MAX and Menards season as the series champion,
Patrick Sheltra continues to enjoy every day like it's his
first as the man on top. This evening, Sheltra was able
to share that feeling with his family and his team, as he
and Sheltra Motorsports were officially crowned ARCA champions
at the series' annual Championship Awards Banquet at the
Northern Kentucky Convention Center.
Sheltra, of Indiantown, Fla., was among 17 drivers from
the top 20 in the final point standings to be honored on
stage, and left with more than $140,000 in point fund and
special award earnings, as awarded by the numerous series
partners at the ceremony.
To honor Sheltra's position as the 28th ARCA Racing Series
champion in 58 seasons, ARCA president Ron Drager presented
Sheltra a letter signed by Florida Governor Charlie Crist,
as well as a series championship ring and a leather championship
jacket featuring the series logo. As is the custom, a video
tribute featured photographs from the champion's youth and
ascent to championship status; a special addition to this
season's edition included a special message from Sheltra's
boyhood hero, four-time NASCAR champion Jeff Gordon.
Speed cameras join … Enjoy the best films in the world of racing!
The pilot reconverted Actor Patrick Dempsey , the famous ‘Grey ‘s Anatomy’ series, recently announced it was working on a new TV series about the Formula One season 1961 .
“It’s based on the book ‘The Limit’, in which the fight for the championship between described Phil Hill and ( Wolfgang ) Berghe von Trips 1961 , ” Dempsey said. “We want to tell the story and life of these men in a TV series, but we still have a long way to achieve the ultimate goal.”
That itself is not the first time that motorsport is brought to the small or big screen, so now we wonder. Which of these five movies car racing fit better the draft Dempsey? Prepare popcorn, find the movies you like on movie2k … and enjoy!
Grand Prix (1966)
One of the first and best movies motor racing today, ‘Grand Prix’ (1966) tells the story of American pilot Peter Aron, who is involved in an affair with the wife of a former teammate of equipment, although racing scenes are what make the film is excellent.
The cars were equipped with the first cameras ‘on board’ history to immortalize some of the most incredible images of Monaco, Spa-Francorchamps and Monza.And not only that, but the film features cameos F1 legends like Phil Hill, Juan Manuel Fangio, Jim Clark, Jochen Rindt, Jack Brabham and Graham Hill .
Le Mans (1971)
You may ‘Le Mans’ by Steve McQueen , was a complete failure in cinemas but motorsport fans around the world love that faithfully represents one of the golden ages of racing sports cars.
As in ‘Grand Prix’, the film has a somewhat loose argument (Steve McQueen does not say a word until 36 minutes of the film) but is more than offset by the incredible scenes of racing cars and so realistic stunts displayed. In fact, his realism reached such a point that one of the pilots lost the lower part of one leg while filming one of the scenes in which he had an accident.
Days of Thunder (1990)
It is not unusual to see Tom Cruise in search of thrills at high speeds, like that time when I got behind the wheel of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing in 2011, although his first major experience in a race car was in 1990 with the film ‘Thunder days’.
The American star makes Cole Trickle, a young racer looking to win in NASCAR.Some film critics dared to describe as the ‘Top Gun wheel’.
Successful, charismatic and with a career that ended in tragedy, the story of Ayrton Senna was perfect to bring to the big screen. The film, directed by Asif Kapadia , describes the career of three-time Formula One world since its first steps on the karting circuit until his untimely death in the unfortunate 1994 San Marino Grand Prix.
The documentary film won many awards, among which two BAFTAs, and received a score of 9.2 in the known super and great films opinions aggregator Rotten Tomatoes.
Before the arrival of ‘Rush’, the last time racing cars had joined with Hollywood had been in the melodramatic film “Driven” starring Sylvester Stallone. However, ‘Rush’ was lucky and feature Ron Howard was a great success and was very well appreciated both by film critics as fans of Formula 1.
The film tells the story of Niki Lauda (Ferrari) and James Hunt (McLaren) and the moments when the two rivals fight over F1 World Championship 1976 .
And for lovers of two wheels Calm down, we did not forget you! Here are the top five films about motorcycling.