UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Last year's 43rd-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 was Dale Jarrett's first ever last-place finish of his career. * In his 20 career starts in the Coca-Cola 600, Jarrett has finished 10 times in the top-10,...
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
* Last year's 43rd-place finish in the Coca-Cola 600 was Dale Jarrett's first ever last-place finish of his career.
* In his 20 career starts in the Coca-Cola 600, Jarrett has finished 10 times in the top-10, with seven of those finishes in the top-five.
* By leading 199 of 400 laps, Jarrett won the 1996 Coca-Cola 600.
* Including his victory in 1996, Jarrett has been running at the end of 10 of the last 11 Coca-Cola 600 races.
Jarrett Discusses Racing at Lowe's Motor Speedway
What do you expect to gain from the updated Toyota engine this weekend?
"All we can do is hope that what they are going to give us will perform on the race track the way they are telling us it should. We applaud them for making the changes and listening to us to try to give us what we feel like we need. Back earlier in the season when NASCAR did its dyno test of all the manufacturers I think that our car was labeled as producing the biggest number. What people don't understand is that we are at the high end of the RPM for only a short time during the course of a lap. Where we were lacking is when we go to get back in the gas. The number associated with an engine's lower torque, that is where we have been lacking, in the 7500 to 7800 RPM range. From everything we've heard and seen with the updated engine, we should see an improvement in that area which should help us a lot when it comes to qualifying. Hopefully we'll be able to reap the benefits of that this weekend."
How has your team been adapting to the recent changes?
"It's just a matter of using all the tools that we have right now and getting more of those tools to where we can have more things at our disposal. Right now we're just not using all of that. Toyota is helping us a lot in that respect and that's what we have to utilize. Getting Jason Burdett in here and getting him acclimated with everything, I think we already see some good things happening by bringing in his philosophy and he sees that this team has a lot to offer. Now what we need to do is utilize all of that. What we want to see is continuous improvement. No matter how big or small the gains are, we just need to always be moving forward."