DJ Looks Forward to Changes at Homestead "I know I am excited about the changes that have been made to Homestead. Typically, the bottom groove is always the fastest way around a track, but from what I heard from the guys that did tire tests at...
DJ Looks Forward to Changes at Homestead
"I know I am excited about the changes that have been made to Homestead.
Typically, the bottom groove is always the fastest way around a track,
but from what I heard from the guys that did tire tests at Homestead the
middle groove is the faster groove right now. That's exciting to know
because then we can work to get the bottom groove better once we get on
track and that should make for two racing grooves which we never really
had at Homestead before the changes."
Dale Jarrett on changes to Homestead-Miami Speedway
Jarrett Eager for Season Finale . . . The location is the same but it is a completely different ballgame for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series as it prepares for the season-ending Ford Championship Weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. A newly reconfigured Homestead awaits teams, and in preparation for the season finale, the track will be hosting separate test days for the Winston Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams. Winston Cup teams get their first look at changes made to Homestead during the day-long test on Wednesday.
"It's been a long year and it would be nice to be able to end it on a good note with a win or at least a decent finish at Homestead," Jarrett said. "I'm looking forward to getting to Homestead because I'm anxious to see how the changes to the track work out, but I think I speak for everyone on the team when I say I'm looking forward to wrapping up this season and start concentrating on next year."
UPS Team Prepares for Changes at Homestead . . . The UPS Racing Team is looking forward to wrapping up the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Series season, and hopes to end the season on a high note with a good finish at Homestead. Somewhat of a question mark exists as the team prepares for the newly reconfigured 1.5-mile track, but crew chief Shawn Parker is not daunted by the task at hand.
"It's going to be the same for everybody this weekend," Parker explained. "We are going into the weekend not knowing a lot about how the car will react to the banking at Homestead, but so are the other 42 teams that will race on Sunday. Whoever can adjust their car to the changes to the track the best will be the team with the upper hand on Sunday. There are a lot of unknowns, but we feel comfortable with what we're taking with the car and the set-up. We'll have all day Wednesday to get a feel for the track and then we have more practice on Friday and Saturday. The good thing about testing a couple days before an event is that we don't have to worry about changes that can happen to a track over the course of a couple weeks. What we see Wednesday is what we should see two days later on Friday."
UPS Team to Race Chassis 137 at Homestead . . . Jarrett will be racing a car that is new to the #88 UPS Racing stables, but not new to Robert Yates Racing. Chassis 137 was introduced in 2003 as part of Elliott Sadler's fleet of #38 M&Ms Fords. Sadler has raced Chassis 137 only one time, which was at Atlanta a couple weeks ago where he qualified sixth with the car.