Phoenix: Dale Jarrett preview

UPS and Jarrett Race for the Jedi at PIR CHARLOTTE, N.C., (April 19, 2005) ----- Robert Yates Racing will split sides of the all-powerful "force" this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway with both Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler racing...

UPS and Jarrett Race for the Jedi at PIR

CHARLOTTE, N.C., (April 19, 2005) ----- Robert Yates Racing will split sides of the all-powerful "force" this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway with both Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler racing paint schemes in conjunction with the release of the final installment of the Star Wars saga, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. Jarrett will race the specially-painted #88 UPS/Milk Chocolate M&M'S® Ford Taurus representing the Jedi while his teammate Sadler will represent the Dark Side of the Force with the #38 Dark Chocolate M&M'S Ford Taurus. The two teammates will do battle on the race track for their respective sides of the "force" in this weekend's Subway Fresh 500 at Phoenix International Raceway.

While the two teams have teamed up for the special promotional program, both teams are also celebrating being in the top 10 in the point standings. For the last three weeks, both Jarrett and Sadler have been in the top 10 in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series point standings. Jarrett sits 10th in the standings while Sadler is eighth following the race at Texas Motor Speedway. The team is working on maintaining their top 10 status by testing at Kentucky Speedway on some chassis projects.

"We're going to Kentucky to work on some things that will help us on the down force tracks," Jarrett said. "We are in the top 10 in the points and that's good, but we're going to have to step up our program on the tracks like Texas and Charlotte if we want to stay there. We're in the top 10 and working to stay there rather than sitting outside the top 10 and trying to get in, so that part is good. But we have some work to do if we want to stay there and hopefully our test at Kentucky will help us learn a few things that will make it possible for us to do that."

Jarrett Discusses Racing at Phoenix International Raceway

How different will it be racing at Phoenix under the lights?

"I'm not sure what to expect from track changes as far as being under the lights. What we have discussed as being more of a concern is how the sun will be a factor. The race takes place at night on the East Coast, but it starts at 5 p.m. on the Pacific Coast and the sun will just be starting to set. I think it may get real interesting with 43 cars racing into that kind of light coming off of turn four and heading into turn one for an hour or so at least."

How special is it to be racing a special paint scheme associated with the Star Wars saga this weekend?

"That was a program that was brought to UPS and myself by my teammate's sponsor M&M'S. We're going to be racing for the good guys this weekend with the Jedi-themed race car. I can remember when the Star Wars movies started and know just how big that film is. The Star Wars films have a fan following that is very similar to what we have here in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series, if not larger, so that is good indicator of just how big this film is. I think it says a lot about our sport when you think about this movie using something like NASCAR to promote its release. I think it says a lot of just how much our sport has grown and where we rank on the national and even international stage."

Notes of Interest

* Since joining Robert Yates Racing in 1995, Jarrett has not had a DNF at Phoenix. He has been running at the end of the last 13 races at Phoenix. His last DNF at PIR was in 1991 when he was driving for the Wood Brothers. The cause of the DNF in 1991 was engine failure.

* Jarrett has one win at the one-mile Phoenix track. He won there in 1997, after battling back from a lap down. Jarrett led 73 laps in route to the win.

* Jarrett has led laps during five different races in his 17 starts at Phoenix for a total of 106 laps led.

* Happy Birthday to the Yates brothers! Robert, owner of Robert Yates Racing, and his twin brother Richard, who is the chief financial officer for RYR, had a birthday on Tuesday, April 19th.

Chassis 40

Jarrett will race Chassis 40 at Phoenix this weekend. Chassis 40 is an in-house car that was raced one time last year. Jarrett finished sixth at Lowe's Motor Speedway last fall after starting 39th. The car was converted from a down force car to a short-track car during the off-season.

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Series Monster Energy NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Robert Yates , Elliott Sadler
Teams Yates Racing