Dale Jarrett, driver of the No. 88 UPS Taurus, was the first driver hired by Joe Gibbs in 1992 when he became a car owner. Jarrett, who won his first Daytona 500 with that organization in 1993, gave his reaction to the news that Gibbs...
Dale Jarrett, driver of the No. 88 UPS Taurus, was the first driver hired by Joe Gibbs in 1992 when he became a car owner. Jarrett, who won his first Daytona 500 with that organization in 1993, gave his reaction to the news that Gibbs will once again coach the NFL's Washington Redskins.
DALE JARRETT - No. 88 UPS Taurus
WHAT IS YOUR REACTION TO JOE GIBBS GOING BACK TO COACH THE REDSKINS?
"I don't know how much of a loss it will be for our sport. Hopefully, he'll still be around, but it's certainly a gain for the NFL by far. They're not only getting a great coach back in Washington, but they're getting a quality person. Anytime that any business or sport comes across someone like Joe Gibbs and can put them in their court, it's gonna be better for that organization. I'm happy for Joe. He's a really good coach, and that's an understatement, but he's a fun person to watch on the sidelines. You always knew that even though he's had a lot of success here in NASCAR racing, it just never was right not seeing him on the sidelines because he is so good. We'll all enjoy it and, hopefully, he'll invite us all to a Redskins game sometime."
WHAT WAS IT LIKE DRIVING FOR JOE?
"It was literally a life-changing experience for me in a lot of ways. Joe helped me personally to become a better person. He made me look at things differently and taught me a lot about life. All of that translated in and helped make me a better race driver, but, more than that, I think it helped make me a better person. It was fun, especially when I started because I got to go to Redskins games and to a Super Bowl. That was all fun, but I think the biggest thing was just being around someone of that caliber. It helped me to realize what things were really important in life."
IS THAT WHAT MAKES HIM SUCCESSFUL AS A COACH TOO?
"There's no doubt that that's what makes him successful as a coach. I said it then that he's a people person. He understands how to get the most out of people and that's what makes him so good at what he does."