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"Racing at California is a lot of fun for me because I think it's a lot like racing at Michigan and that's one of my favorite places to race. We know going in that we have to have a lot of horsepower to get down the long straights, and we have to...

"Racing at California is a lot of fun for me because I think it's a lot like racing at Michigan and that's one of my favorite places to race. We know going in that we have to have a lot of horsepower to get down the long straights, and we have to have a car that will handle well. The good thing about California is that there are so many different grooves that if you're car isn't handling just right in one groove, then there are other grooves where you can race and still be competitive and contend for a win."
    * Dale Jarrett on racing at California Speedway

Team UPS ready for California trip.

California Is Welcome Track On NASCAR Schedule for #88 UPS Team . . . Dale Jarrett is one of the few drivers that have competed in each of the six NASCAR Winston Cup Series races that have taken place at California Speedway since 1997. In those six races Jarrett has two finishes outside the top 10. Both were due to engine problems experienced by the #88 Robert Yates Racing team.

The #88 UPS Racing team qualified third for last year's "Auto Club 500." Jarrett lead 50 of the 250 laps run before finishing sixth during the race. The team's record at the two-mile speedway makes it a place Jarrett looks forward to visiting.

"We had a great car at California last year and one I really thought we had a shot of winning with," Jarrett said. "California is a great track for racing and I look forward to going back there each year because the more races that are run, the better the racing groove gets. It's very similar to Michigan and Michigan is probably my favorite track we visit because it is a place where you can make use of all the different racing grooves. You have to have a couple things to do well at California and those are a strong motor and an aerodynamically sound racecar. We should have both this weekend."

Fuel Mileage Controls the Game at California . . . A number of the races at California Speedway have come down to a game of fuel mileage. Being able to get the most out of the car's fuel mileage has handed wins to a number of drivers at the two-mile speedway. Garth Finley, interim co-crew chief on the #88 UPS team, says fuel mileage will be a factor in the #88 team's game plan this weekend.

"We will definitely be tuning our motors with fuel mileage high on the list," Finley explained. "Fuel mileage and track position are always important at California as well as aerodynamics and horsepower. We've got to be able to get through the race without sustaining any damage because even the slightest front fender damage severely hurts a car's ability to perform. We'll also try to get the car to where it can race in different grooves because California has so many racing grooves."

UPS Features FOX Team in New Commercial . . . UPS will unveil the third of its new 2003 "Race the Truck" commercials during FOX's broadcast of this weekend's "Auto Club 500" at California Speedway. The newest "Race the Truck" commercial once again features racing legend Jackie Stewart. The twist with the new spot is that UPS has now enlisted help from the FOX broadcast team in the campaign to get Jarrett to race the big, brown truck.

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Jackie Stewart , Robert Yates
Teams Yates Racing