Jarrett Looks for Shootout Win Number Four DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (February 8, 2005) ---- Dale Jarrett returns to Daytona International Speedway as the defending champion of the Budweiser Shootout. The win in the 2004 edition of the annual "dash...
Jarrett Looks for Shootout Win Number Four
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (February 8, 2005) ---- Dale Jarrett returns to Daytona International Speedway as the defending champion of the Budweiser Shootout. The win in the 2004 edition of the annual "dash for cash" was Jarrett's third career win in the season-opening activity, making him the active driver with the most wins in the special season-opening event.
The UPS Team was one of the many teams that participated in the Daytona test session in early January, and they were pleased with the results of the three-day test as Jarrett's fastest single lap of 48.269 seconds and 186.455 mph turned out to be the fastest lap turned by all teams at Daytona between the two-weeks of testing.
"The testing at Daytona went well for us," Jarrett said of the three days the team spent at DIS in January. "I'm pleased that some of the things we've worked extremely hard on with these cars have resulted in good numbers at testing. We literally started building our speedway cars back in September of last year and had them in the wind tunnel quite a bit so we feel pretty prepared for what is about to take place the next few weeks in Daytona.
"The Shootout is always a fun race and it is really an event for the fans," Jarrett said of the Saturday night race. "I've always said that racing at night makes everything appear to be a little more spectacular. It's fun racing at Daytona at night. The Shootout is the perfect race to have at night because it is such a spectacle. It's just about winning. It doesn't matter where else you finish in this race."
Jarrett's Thoughts on Daytona and the Budweiser Shootout
The win in the shootout last year was your fourth win in that event. How special was it?
"Obviously, we didn't have the fastest car in that race last year but I was able to put our car in front of what was probably the fastest car at the end which was Dale (Earnhardt) Jr's car. So that helped us win that race. The win certainly was great considering the year we'd had in 2003 so it was a great confidence booster for the team. It wasn't an indicator of how we would perform at the beginning of last season but it was a great mood lifter for the UPS Team."
Is this race a good indicator of who to watch in the Daytona 500?
"It is to the extent that a lot of the guys who are in the Shootout are the guys you're going to watch for in the 500 with guys like Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Tony Stewart -- but there are a lot of good cars to watch that aren't in the Shootout like my teammate Elliott Sadler. I think that the Shootout gives you an idea as to what to expect from the usual suspects but it isn't necessarily a precursor for who will win the Daytona 500."
Notes of Interest
* By just starting the 2005 Budweiser Shootout, Jarrett will surpass the late Dale Earnhardt in total shootout earnings. In 12 starts Earnhardt earned $600,222 in shootout winnings while Jarrett sits a close second with $580,159 in career Shootout earnings.
* With three career wins in the Budweiser Shootout, Jarrett leads all active drivers with the most wins in the event. The only driver with more wins is the Earnhardt with six wins.
* Jarrett's average finish in the Shootout is 6.3.
* With his winnings from the victory in the 2004 Budweiser Shootout, Jarrett is the record-holder for the largest purse won by a driver in the Budweiser Shootout with a purse of $213,000.
Chassis 6 is the car the UPS Racing Team will field in Saturday night's Budweiser Shootout. It is the same car with which Jarrett won the 2004 Budweiser Shootout as well as the same car Jarrett' raced to a third-place finish in the EA Sports 500 at Talladega last fall.