UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Dale Jarrett has competed in all five NASCAR Nextel Cup Series events that have taken place at Chicagoland Speedway since the series started racing thee in 2001. Jarrett finished fourth in the ...
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
* Dale Jarrett has competed in all five NASCAR Nextel Cup Series events that have taken place at Chicagoland Speedway since the series started racing thee in 2001. Jarrett finished fourth in the track's inaugural race in 2001.
* Jarrett's best finish at Chicago to date is a third-place finish he scored with the #88 UPS Racing Team in 2004.
* Jarrett's best start at Chicago to date is when he qualified eighth for the event in 2005.
* Jarrett has completed all but four of the 1,335 laps the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series has run at Chicago since 2001 for a lap completion rate of 99 percent.
* There are seven tracks on the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series schedule at which Jarrett has yet to win a race. Chicagoland Speedway is one of those seven tracks.
Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at Chicagoland Speedway
Has Chicago started to develop its own personality now that it's been around for more than five years?
"Every track is different and has its own tendencies and the longer a track is around the more those tendencies seem to develop. Obviously, aging and weather helps, and I believe they get some pretty major weather changes in this part of the country. It's always interesting as you go back to a track that hasn't been around that long but each year it seems to get better and better. I think the first couple years here, passing was so tough because we hadn't quite got that second groove and we've obviously seen that develop more the last couple years. The track was very fast when we started racing there, and it still is, but I think as the track has gotten some aging to it, the speeds have slowed somewhat and I think that always allows for better racing as far as guys being able to race side-by-side and that's always good for the sport and for the competition."
How important is it to you to win on all tracks on which you race?
"That would be nice but it's something that a lot of guys haven't accomplished, if anybody. There isn't anybody racing today who can say they've accomplished that. Jeff Gordon and Tony Stewart are the two guys probably the closest to that goal and they both still have a few places to visit victory lane. I think it's a tall order, but anything can happen. We've run well at places like Chicago so it's definitely not out of the realm of possibility. I am not going to sit here and say it will happen this weekend but it is a place I'd like to get a win before I call it quits."
How about the season to date?
"It's certainly been a disappointing and frustrating season, not just for me but for all the guys on the team. The guys are working hard but we just still don't have what we need at this point to be competitive. We're going to Indy following this week's race and it is a place that I really love to race so I hope we can figure something out that will make it an enjoyable weekend at the least because it is a very frustrating thing to go to a track like that and not be in the game."
Chassis 66 is the car the #88 UPS Racing Team will compete with this weekend at Chicagoland Speedway. This will mark just the second race for Chassis 66. The team raced it at Michigan a few weeks ago where Jarrett finished 20th in the rain-shortened event.