Media Release from Shawn Fitzpatrick: 9/22/09

Date: 9/23/2009 7:40:17 PM

Media Contact:
Gary Lileck
Released on behalf of Shawn Fitzpatrick Racing 
Media Release from Shawn Fitzpatrick: 9/22/09

This Sunday will mark the final event for the Schaeffer's Harley Davidson/Buell T-102 cars.  Our entire operation is for sale and Tim and I will no longer compete in the modified and sportsman divisions at Big Diamond Raceway. We wish the best to our younger brother TJ!  I’ve decided to write down a few reflections on my past 11 years, the time in which I’ve devoted a better portion of my life to dirt track racing.  Needless to say, I was no superstar, but I worked hard to earn the trust of local sponsors and do my best to represent them with pride and dignity on and off the race track.  I was prepared to walk away from racing when Big Diamond was originally going to close, but couldn’t help but want to be a part of the new legacy that the new management has created.  I tip my hat to Buddy, Dave, and Barry.  Regardless of any critics, you’ve renewed an excitement in racing in the coal region and I will always be proud to say that I’ve competed against the best at Big Diamond Raceway.  I wish you many years of success in the future!

I first need to thank my family for putting up with the countless hours it takes to write proposals, meet with sponsors, negotiate contracts, take cars to appearances, and prepare them for weekly competition.  I won’t even get into the financial commitments!   My crew, especially Ryan, Chad, and Danny… you are the most dedicated group of young men I’ve ever had the pleasure to call friends.  Good, bad, and ugly, you all showed up every week and we always ended each night with a smile!
To the amazing local businesses that I’ve represented over the past 11 years, I cannot begin to tell you how proud I am to have represented you!  There has NEVER been a name or logo on any of my cars that I wouldn’t have recommended to my own family.  The companies I represented are like family and can be trusted to treat their customers fairly.  Thank you to each and every individual associated with the businesses on my cars over the years.  I wish you continued success for many years to come.

To the fans, you truly are the reason racers love to race!  You salute your favorite drivers when they make you proud and call us out when you disagree with our actions on the track.  To the “Hipsters” of the internet world… go get yourself a car and give it a shot.  I’m positive you’ll have a whole new perspective on what really happens in that seat.  I might even jump on-line and provide you with some feedback on your performance afterwards.  Let me be the first to say, that racing is the most difficult sport I’ve ever been a part of!  You truly are only as good as the equipment you race and each and every driver is human.  Mistakes will happen and accidents are almost always unintentional.  The dedication off the track that teams commit to being successful will translate into success on the speedway.  For the past few seasons, with three children involved in numerous activities, my ability to devote the necessary time to prepare cars was limited and it showed.  Racing is no different than anything else in life: You get out of it what you put in...

I will miss the people associated with racing the most.  Driving the car was just icing on the cake.  Spending time with great individuals that grace those pits every night meant more to me than anything.  I disliked no one on or off the track.  I salute the professionals that have made the commitment to race for a living.  You haven’t had a sunny summer weekend to yourselves in a long time!  I also commend the drivers that worked 40 plus hours per week and still made time to prepare cars to compete in on a Friday night.  I know how hard that is!  May God keep you all safe and healthy in all of your future endeavors!

Shawn Fitzpatrick

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