Set to drive No. 41 Fuel Doctor Ford Mustang in DRIVE4COPD 300
DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (February 14, 2011) – Rick 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.
Sheltra, 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.”
Patrick Sheltra is no stranger to competing on Daytona’s high-banks. He has three ARCA Racing Series starts at the 2.5-mile oval with a best finish of fifth in 2010. The Florida-native also made his NNS debut at Daytona in 2008. Sheltra has a total of five career NNS starts with a best finish of 18th at Talladega Superspeedway in 2010, where he also led his first laps in NASCAR competition.
Sheltra will set the mark for Rick Ware Racing’s journey into the NASCAR Nationwide Series’ NEW car carrying the Ford banner with Doug Richert as crew chief.
“We are really excited to have a champion like Patrick Sheltra starting off our new journey in the NASCAR Nationwide Series,” stated owner Rick Ware. “We got the opportunity to race against Patrick last year with our ARCA program and took notice of how fierce of a competitor he is. We look forward to a great weekend with Patrick in the Fuel Doctor Ford and are excited to get the season kicked off with a strong finish.”
Racing action is set to begin for the stars of the NASCAR Nationwide series on Wednesday and Thursday, February 16-17 for two full days of practice. Qualifying will begin on Friday, February 18 at 4:00 p.m. EST, with the green flag dropping on the 2011 NNS season on Saturday, February 19th at 1:00 p.m. EST.
For more information visit www.wareracing.com or you can also follow the team on Twitter at @rickwareracing.
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