ARCA makes debut at PBIR

By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

JUPITER, FL (WFLX) - It was a rainy day at Palm Beach International Raceway, but that didn't stop nearly 40 drivers going 75 times around a 2-mile, 11-turn course for the ARCA Racing Series.

"It's going to be interesting what happens," said Jupiter's Patrick Sheltra.

Sheltra's letting the weather dampen his spirits. "We're shooting for a top five or even a win, but there's no telling what could happen. It's a very long race, 150 miles, so we'll just go out there and try to stay together and see how it comes out."

This is the first time an ARCA Racing Series has come to Sheltra's hometown.

"We're looking forward to a great race today [Saturday] and look forward to making history here with the inaugural stockcar racing in Palm Beach County," said President and CEO of PBIR Jason Rittenberry.

Rittenberry hopes this race brings in fans who typically make the hike up to Daytona or down to Homestead. "These guys are a little bit more adventurous then a lot of the open-wheeled guys at Palm Beach International Raceway, so they'll be beating and banging a little, and it'll be a great race to watch."

And could the future of racing involve more pink? "I love it," said Alli Owens. "It's one of those things where you always want to beat the boys, and I get to do it with racecar which is a 'male-dominated' sport as they claim. And it's awesome to get the job done. Hopefully, make them understand women belong in this sport as do any other workplace."

Due to typical Florida weather, the race was cut five laps short.

It was Justin Marks who claimed victory with West Palm Beach's Blake Koch finishing third.