"The Brickyard 400 is an incredible race. I can remember watching the Indianapolis 500 on television as a kid and just thinking about how special a place Indianapolis was and is. At that time, I just never thought of it as a place I would ever be...
"The Brickyard 400 is an incredible race. I can remember watching the Indianapolis 500 on television as a kid and just thinking about how special a place Indianapolis was and is. At that time, I just never thought of it as a place I would ever be able to race. Then, the first time you race there it is just so overwhelming and you know going in about the history and importance of that place. For me, it's just incredible to be racing there, let alone racing there as a two-time winner of that event."
--Dale Jarrett on the Brickyard
The UPS Team Looks to Add to Indy Record
DJ Hopes to Become Three-time Brickyard 400 Winner . . .
The #88 UPS Racing Team has enjoyed success and heartbreak at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 UPS Ford, has participated in all nine of the track's previous events. Aside from the first year where he finished 40th after an accident, Jarrett has been a threat to win in just about all of the Brickyard 400s including the 2002 edition until a miscue on the final pit stop cost Jarrett a shot to win his third Brickyard 400 trophy. It is past performance at the flat, 2.5-mile track that makes Jarrett look forward to the upcoming weekend.
"We've had a lot of success at Indianapolis," Jarrett said. "With that success we've also had some heart breaks like last year. I don't know whether I would have been able to get the lead and hold Bill (Elliott) off because he was so strong there last year, but it would have been interesting. But we know going in what we are capable of accomplishing at Indy, and my teammate Elliott Sadler and the #38 M&Ms® team learned a few things during their test that we should be able to use to our benefit this week. Despite the season we're having, it's hard not to get excited when talking about going to Indy where we have won before and know how to handle."
In nine starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Jarrett has led laps in four races for a total of 186 laps.
Jarrett has six top-10 finishes in the nine Brickyard 400s including wins in 1996 and 1999.
Shawn Parker Looks Forward to First Brickyard 400 as a Crew Chief . . .
Shawn Parker has worked in some capacity in all of the previous nine Brickyard 400s. He's been to victory lane with Jeff Gordon (1994) and has worked on the teams of Rusty Wallace and Mark Martin before joining Robert Yates Racing in 2003. He looks forward to the opportunity that lies ahead this weekend as he calls his first Brickyard 400 as a crew chief.
"That's such a great race and I feel good going in with someone like Dale (Jarrett) that knows how to get around that place," Parker said. "This race, in particular, is one where pit strategy plays a huge role. We know that it is extremely important to be out front, so it's going to take a group effort from the pit crew to the car to the driver in order to stay around the front of the field for 160 laps. I'm just really looking forward to getting to Indianapolis this weekend."
Jarrett to Sign Autographs at Ford Fan Day . . .
Jarrett is one of the drivers of Team Ford Racing that will be signing autographs at the annual Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Day on Thursday, July 31, 2003 at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis. Jarrett will sign autographs from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m., before participating in the unveiling of the 2004 F-150 and Ford Taurus along with Edsel Ford.