Team UPS looks for redemption in N.Y.
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., August 6, 2002 --- The NASCAR Winston Cup Series visits its second road course of the 2002 season with the upcoming Sirius Satellite Radio at the Glen. Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team scored the pole during Watkins Glen's 2001 Winston Cup race. Jarrett led the first 17 laps of the event before spinning out and landing in one of the tricky road course's sand traps. Looking for redemption, Jarrett returns to Watkins Glen with the same car he won the pole with last year. Racing action gets underway Friday, Aug. 9th with Bud Pole Qualifying at 3:05 p.m. EST. The green flag will wave on Sunday, Aug. 11th at 1 p.m. EST. TNT will provide live television coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. EST.
Team UPS Hopes To Repeat Qualifying Performance
Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team hopes to build on their 2002 road course performance by improving on the 15th-place finish they put together in June at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. The #88 UPS Racing Team started from the pole at Watkins Glen in 2001. Avoiding accidents similar to the one that took Jarrett out of contention in 2001 will be key to success during this year's road racing event.
"This is the same car we raced in Watkins Glen one year ago," Jarrett explained. "The car was so good there last year we decided to use it exclusively at Watkins Glen and built another car for Sears Point. We had a really good car last year. It was pure driver error that took us out of contention last year. I got into the corner a little hard and lost the car. Hopefully, with the same car we can get another great starting spot and we'll see what we can do this year."
"We race on road course only twice a year so it is difficult to prepare because we're doing a totally different kind of racing the other 34 races during the season," Jarrett added. "But, I enjoy the challenge those two races present us because it is just so different than what we normally do. I think over the years I have improved my skills on the road courses enough to where I know I can hold my own at places like Watkins Glen."
* Jarrett scored his best career finish at the 2.45-mile road course in 1999 when he finished fourth. He scored the straight top-10 finishes between 1998 and 2000 when he finished fifth, fourth and seventh, respectively.
* While Jarrett may not have a win at Watkins Glen, he has one pole and three outside poles to his credit. Jarrett broke the track qualifying record last year with his pole speed lap of 71.884 seconds and 122.697 mph.
* Jarrett and the #88 Robert Yates Racing Team may not have a win yet at Watkins Glen, but they have put together some strong qualifying efforts. In addition to the 2001 Bud Pole, the team has started from the outside pole three times and has not qualified outside the top 10 since becoming a team in 1996. Jarrett's average starting spot through the last six Watkins Glen events is fourth.
* Since joining the #88 Robert Yates Racing team in 1996, Jarrett has completed all laps run at Watkins Glen but one lap in 1997. Jarrett's lap completion rate since 1996 is 99.8 percent.