For Jarrett; a positive team meeting, positive tire test; bring on 2003! This week's meeting with ML Motorsports team owners and a subsequent tire test have left veteran ARCA RE/MAX series driver Jason Jarrett anxiously awaiting the arrival of...
For Jarrett; a positive team meeting, positive tire test; bring on 2003!
This week's meeting with ML Motorsports team owners and a subsequent tire test have left veteran ARCA RE/MAX series driver Jason Jarrett anxiously awaiting the arrival of the upcoming 2003 season.
Jason and team leaders met earlier this week to discuss what the team needs to do to improve on what they've already accomplished over the past two years to make them even more competitive in the future.
One step being taken is that the job responsibilities for individual team members are going to be more clearly defined and structured in terms of who's doing what. This is being done in an effort to make sure all bases are covered as well as create that cohesiveness or "chemistry" that is so very much a part of a successful team.
"Any time you have a better balance in the way things work, make everyone feel like they're doing their part, but at the same time not make them feel overloaded with things.things they shouldn't have to be stressing about, helps build team spirit, and improve performance," said Jarrett.
To help with overall team management and organization, ML Motorsports has hired Noel Eggert, who is set to begin his new role next Monday. Eggert has an extensive background; skilled in fabricating and "hanging bodies" as well as knowledge of different procedures necessary to go through to help make your cars better.
Also talked about at the meeting, were plans for building a couple of new cars for next season to look toward even greater success at intermediate tracks. Historically, this type of track has not produced the best results, but new equipment should provide the needed impetus to bring home top finishes.
Jarrett left the meeting feeling very positive; a feeling that carried over, to when the #67 participated in a tire test for Hoosier Tires at Kansas Speedway on Wednesday.
"We had a good car; we didn't have to spend a lot of our time or Hoosier's time getting our car set up," remarked Jarrett. "I think we made two runs and we were pretty much up to speed, and to where I wasn't coming in every two or three runs saying it was too loose or too tight. I felt like it was a good step toward next year, to where when the car rolls off the trailer, it will be comfortable right from the start and we can work on just getting it faster so we can win the pole and win races."
The car was basically set up in race trim, ran well, and for Jarrett, the opportunity to run during the off-season served a two-fold purpose. First, it gave him an opportunity to stay sharp with his driving skills, and second, a return to a track where he needed to get some more laps under his belt to feel more comfortable.
"I crashed there in June, so I was glad to get back there and run some laps, gain more seat time, it felt good to have that many more laps to carry into the next race," said Jarrett.
The next couple of weeks brings a flurry of pre-wedding activities for this young driver, and then on to the ARCA RE/MAX series banquet being held on December 14 in Covington, Kentucky.
For those who may not know what goes on during a tire test, read on for Jason's version of what takes place:
"The way the tire test works is that Hoosier is basically in control. You don't know which tires are going on the car, so the main thing is to get the car comfortable because you never know the sizes, or the hardness or softness of that tires that are being put on the car.
Once the car is comfortable, Hoosier has you make ten lap runs with different sets of tires. starting with set "A" and I think we went through set "J." After each ten lap run, the driver provides feedback, tire air pressure, temperature and wear is measured, and then Hoosier chooses three or four sets that they want the driver to make long runs on. Tires that they thing are suitable for that particular track.
With those sets of tires, we made like four or five 25 lap runs and did the same thing again; gave feedback on how the car handled all the way through the run, trying to give Hoosier as much information as possible about what the car felt like and whether I, as a driver, felt the tire was a good fit for our cars or not."
Jason testing in a Chevy, felt good about how his car ran and the tire that Hoosier brought to Kansas. Also testing on Wednesday, was Andy Belmont in a Ford Taurus.