Indianapolis: Dale Jarrett preview, new crew chief

Robert Yates Racing announced today that veteran crew chief Butch Hylton will assume crew chief duties for the ...

Robert Yates Racing announced today that veteran crew chief Butch Hylton will assume crew chief duties for the #88 UPS Racing Team in an interim capacity beginning with this weekend's All State 400 at the Brickyard. Hylton has been with Robert Yates Racing since the end of June and served as crew chief for development driver Stephen Leicht at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago.

UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest

* Jarrett is one of only two drivers to register multiple wins at the prestigious Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Jeff Gordon leads all drivers with four wins in the Brickyard 400. Jarrett has gone to victory lane at Indianapolis twice. He scored his first win during the third NASCAR Nextel Cup Series event to take place at Indianapolis. He followed that with a win in the 1999 Brickyard 400 -- the same season he earned the NASCAR championship.

* Jarrett is second on the all-time money won list at Indianapolis, sitting behind Gordon. Jarrett success at Indianapolis has translated into a total of $3,011,815 in earnings.

* Jarrett has completed 1,843 of the 1,921 laps the Nextel Cup Series has run at Indianapolis. His lap completion rate at Indianapolis is 95 percent.

* Jarrett has only one DNF at Indianapolis in the 12 previous races at Indy. The inaugural event at Indianapolis in 1994 is where Jarrett was eliminated from the race after completing 99 of the 160 laps.

Dale Jarrett Discusses Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

How special would it be to get another win at Indianapolis?

"Well, that's obviously something I'd love to be able to do. I think that definitely places a driver in pretty elite company as far as three-time winners are at Indianapolis whether it is in open-wheel cars, F-1 or NASCAR. Jeff Gordon is the only guy in our league to win this race four times and he is in another class of drivers with that on his resume. There is so much history and tradition that goes with racing at Indianapolis that it is such a huge accomplishment to win there even one time. So to win there more than once is even that much more special. We have two wins at Indy but we also have let a few get away with running out of gas there in 1998 and then having the problem with the catch can in 2002 while leading. But, having won here even once is something that a lot of guys haven't even been able to do and if anyone doubts how special this place is, I think all you have to do is look at Tony Stewart's win here last year. He's raced here in the Indy 500 and the Brickyard and he's won NASCAR championships and open-wheel championships. But to finally get that win t Indy was a big thing for him and it probably really explained how special Indy is."

Do you still get excited when you pull into the infield at Indianapolis?

"I don't think you can help but be a little awe struck anytime you go to Indy. I had never seen a race at Indy before I had the opportunity to race there, and really didn't know what to expect. I don't know what else to compare it to other than the first time I got on the race track at Daytona. It's still special. Whenever you drive out onto this race track, it's just a different feeling than a lot of these other places that we've been for a lot of years - even though we've been here now for 12 years, it's still just an incredible place. The stands on both sides of the front stretch make it seem even bigger and I don't think that I was prepared for how massive the place really is - and then when the people fill it up, it's just incredible. You've seen it on TV and you've heard the numbers about how many people were here, but you can't fathom what that's really like until you are there and experience it. With the stands on both sides and the people being so close, you kind of get a sense of the crowd that we really don't get anywhere else on the schedule. There are fans everywhere you look and it is a really thrilling thing to walk down Gasoline Alley and be on the track."

Chassis 54

Chassis 54 is the car Jarrett will race during the 13th running of the All State 400 at the Brickyard this weekend. Chassis 54 is the car the UPS Team used during the test session at Indianapolis in mid July. The team worked only on race runs during the two days of testing.


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Jeff Gordon , Dale Jarrett , Robert Yates , Stephen Leicht
Teams Yates Racing