Dale Jarrett, No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest Driver Dale Jarrett does not consider himself a typical "road racer," but despite his lack of experience on the road courses, he has won the Bud Pole at Watkins...
Dale Jarrett, No. 88 UPS Ford Fusion
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
Driver Dale Jarrett does not consider himself a typical "road racer," but despite his lack of experience on the road courses, he has won the Bud Pole at Watkins Glen.
This weekend's AMD at the Glen marks Jarrett's 20th start at the two-mile race track. Jarrett made his first start at Watkins Glen in 1987.
Jarrett's best finish at Watkins Glen is a fourth-place effort which he scored during the 1999 season -- the same year he won the NASCAR Winston Cup championship.
Jarrett Discusses Racing at Watkins Glen
What makes Watkins Glen different from Infineon?
"I think it is just a place that is more conducive for racing to our type of cars. It always allowed us to race hard and pass. There's still a premium on track position like there is at Infineon and it is up to a team to make sure they take advantage of the different strategies that develop to make the most of a day at one of the road courses, especially if you aren't one of the teams or drivers who excel on this type of course."
Are there as many opportunities for pit strategy to come into play?
"Yes and no. It all depends on what happens throughout the event and you can't dictate that because you just don't know when cautions are going to happen and what cars are going to fall out for various reasons. Track position is the key to these tracks because it is so hard to pass. It didn't always used to be that way because of the different strategies that could come into play. We know how far you can make it on fuel and we pretty much want to get in as soon as we get in the window to where we can make it on distance. But, even that changes during the race so it really is on the shoulders of the crew and the crew chief to be able to adjust to those changes throughout the course of 90 laps of racing there."
How different is it to go from the hype of Indianapolis last week to a place that is so different?
"It's actually a nice change of pace. Watkins Glen is a fun race track. It's obviously something that is a little bit different but more than that it's just kind of a nice break as far as the pressures of a race weekend. When we were in Indianapolis last week there was so much going on with a lot of media, sponsors and everything going on. So the pace of Watkins Glen is always a welcome change."