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The YMCA of the Treasure Coast Indiantown Welcomes Hometown Hero Patrick Sheltra

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The YMCA of the Treasure Coast Indiantown Welcomes Hometown Hero Patrick Sheltra

YMCA Indiantown
February 22, 2010

Contact: Shawn Keil
Executive Director
YMCA Indiantown
16451 SW Farm Road
Indiantown, FL 34956


INDIANTOWN, Florida (February 22, 2010) - - It’s not every day you get to meet a real hometown hero, but that’s just what the Indiantown YMCA kids will do this Wednesday (February 24) from 2:30pm - 4:00 pm.

Indiantown native and ARCA Racing Series and part-time NASCAR Nationwide Series racecar driver Patrick Sheltra, also known as “Mr. Showtime” will make an important visit and graciously spend some time with the YMCA children.

The children in the “Y” after school program and “YReads” program will be celebrating Patrick Sheltra Day at the Indiantown YMCA. The purpose is for Y children to be interested in racing, setting and reaching goals, and listening to Sheltra’s hometown story.

Sheltra rebounded last year from an incredible incident at Daytona (Fla.) International and now is one of the premiere ARCA drivers. The children will also be taking part in a coloring contest which celebrates Sheltra’s accomplishments with the 23-year old racing protégé being the judge.

This in an effort help promote the upcoming Indiantown YMCA Children’s Art Auction on March 11th 6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m., which Sheltra has participated in the past. Many of the Indiantown Y children’s are scholarship for much needed quality programs while the family works and the Art Auction is the official kickoff of the Y campaign.

Following his visit at the YMCA this week, Sheltra will compete in Saturday’s Tire Kingdom 150 presented by ModSpace at Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway. Many of the Indiantown “Y” Children are expected to attend and support their local hero.

Setting goals is important to Sheltra, who has already reached several milestones in his career. A veteran of many race tracks, he is best known for his exciting races at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway and Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway.

“It’s absolute honor to have Patrick visit our “Y” children,” says Shawn Keil, Executive Branch Director of the Indiantown YMCA Louis Dreyfus Citrus Branch.

“Patrick is a true hometown hero and it’s great to have an Indiantown native speak to the children about setting goals and bouncing back from adversity. Many of our children know nothing about competitive racing and the teamwork that goes into it. I think “Mr. Showtime” will spark their interest. Racing makes for a great family sport as they cheer on Patrick in Saturday’s race at Palm Beach International Raceway.”

“I am looking forward to Wednesday,” said Sheltra, driver of the No. 60 PowerTrac Machinery / Sheltra & Son Construction, Inc. Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS. “I’ve had the opportunity to spend some time with the kids in the past and it really brings a smile to your face. I’m excited to spend some time with them, sign some autographs and let them ask questions. This is truly one of the best parts of my job.”


Chris Knight, Sheltra Motorsports


239.214.1083 / 239.834.9797

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