"The Daytona 500 is our biggest race and it always will be. Even though
you want to do well and it's a race you certainly want to win you have 35
more after that and you have to be prepared. However, Daytona is a race
you can't put too much emphasis on because it's such a big race and it
gets everything started off for us. Plus, winning the Daytona 500 does a
lot for your career. It's not a Winston Cup championship but it's close
-Dale Jarrett on the Daytona 500
Jarrett ready for 4th Daytona 500 win.
Jarrett Looks To Make It Four In the 500 . . . While Sunday's race will mark Parrott's first Daytona 500 as a Winston Cup Crew Chief, it will be Jarrett's 15th as a Winston Cup driver. Jarrett leads all active drivers with three wins in the "Great American Race," and he looks to add a fourth mark in the Daytona 500 win column this year.
"It would mean a lot to me," Jarrett said of a fourth Daytona 500 championship. "I never even envisioned having one Daytona 500 win and here I am with three. I know at Robert Yates Racing they give me a good opportunity year in and year out to be able to try to extend that streak or to add another victory there. It's a race that we put a lot of emphasis on and we know that it's a very important start to our season. But, I'd like to be able to get that fourth victory if not this year. If we can't do it this year, then I'd like to be in position to do it sometime before I retire."
Brad Parrott To Lead #88 In 2003 . . . The #88 UPS Racing Team has two wins in NASCAR's version of the Super Bowl. The 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season will be the eighth year of competition for the #88 Robert Yates Racing team. The 2003 Daytona 500 will be Brad Parrott's first as crew chief for Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team. The younger Parrott looks to join his father, Buddy, and brother Todd as winning crew chiefs of the Daytona 500. Even though there is a great deal of prestige surrounding winners of the Daytona 500, Parrott is looking at what takes place after Daytona, and is placing a greater emphasis on the war rather than the first battle.
"Winning the Daytona 500 is something I'd like to do as a crew chief," Parrott said. "Dad's won one, Todd's won one. But I don't feel like I have a lot of pressure on me going into Daytona. I won my Daytona 500 as a Busch Series crew chief because I went out and won the very first race I was a crew chief in the Busch Series. We won with Jeff Burton at Las Vegas last year, and we sat on the pole. That's my game plan. My goal has been to build this race team for February that when we load off the truck there is no looking back for 38 weeks. I want to be able to say we have the best team, we have the best road crew, we have the best pit crew and when we unload in Daytona everybody is going to know it because we're going to show that in Daytona."
UPS To Debut First Of 2003 Commercial Lineup On Thursday . . . Motorsports media members will be able to catch a sneak preview of the first UPS Racing commercial of 2003 in the infield media center at Daytona International Speedway prior to the start of the Twin 125s. Someone new is asking Dale to race the truck and will be available for questions via teleconference Thursday at 12 noon in the infield media center. Racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart will participate in the debut of the newest UPS Racing commercial.