Michigan is a favorite for ...
Michigan is a favorite for #88 team.
BROOKLYN, Mich., June 11, 2002 --- Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team go to Michigan International Speedway with a much-needed momentum boost after winning last weekend's "Pocono 500" at Pocono Raceway. With three wins and 11 top-five finishes at the two-mile track, Jarrett looks forward to returning to one of his favorite tracks on the NASCAR Winston Cup Series schedule. Racing action begins with qualifying on Friday, June 14th, with the "Sirius Satellite Radio 400" starting at 1 p.m. EST on Sunday, June 16th. FOX is scheduled to provide live racing coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. EST.
Jarrett Has Soft Spot For Michigan
While there are several tracks where Jarrett enjoys racing, he makes no pretense to disguise that Michigan International Speedway holds a soft place in his heart. Aside from being the site of his first career win in NASCAR Winston Cup racing, Michigan proves to be the most driver friendly according to Jarrett.
"Michigan is a sentimental favorite for me because it's where I won my first career Winston Cup race, but it's also just a great place to race," Jarrett explained. "The track is four to five lanes wide and we're able to use all of them. If you're car isn't working down low then you can usually move up a lane or two and find a groove where the car will work. I've won races running down low right on the white line and I've won races using the outside lane right up next to the retaining wall. You have to have a lot of horsepower and you want a car that has enough down force to get through the turns."
Team UPS Hopes To Carry Success From Pocono To Michigan
The car Jarrett won with at Pocono last weekend is a brand new race car to the #88 UPS Racing team stables. Hoping to carry momentum from the win at Pocono to Michigan International Speedway, the #88 team will use the same car to race in this weekend's Sirius Satellite 400.
"We'll wipe the champagne off of it and pretty much go like it is," Jarrett said. "You look at both of these tracks, and it takes kind of the same thing - it takes a good aero package, and you have to have a good handling car to take advantage of that in addition to a really good engine. We know the car is very good aero-wise, or it wouldn't have done well in Pocono. As far as chassis setup goes, it may vary just a little bit, but there won't be a lot of difference. It won't be much different and hopefully, the result will be the same."
UPS Salutes Circle of Honor Drivers With 35+ Years
UPS's Circle of Honor program recognizes drivers who have gone 25 years without a single accident. UPS takes this program a step further to recognize drivers who have 35+ years without a single accident. UPS's list of such drivers contains drivers located around the United States - two of which work in UPS's Metro Detroit district. Thomas Camp and Thomas Santocke live in the vicinity of Detroit. Camp is recognized for 38 years of driving service without a single accident, while Santocke is recognized for 35 years of driving service without a single accident. Camp and Santocke are just two of the 59 drivers in the state of Michigan that are members of UPS's Circle of Honor program.