Michigan is always a very competitive race and I don't see that it's going to be any different this time around. The one thing I expect to come into play more than in the past at Michigan is pit strategy. The last several races have showed...
Michigan is always a very competitive race and I don't see that it's going to be any different this time around. The one thing I expect to come into play more than in the past at Michigan is pit strategy. The last several races have showed how much a win is dependent on the guy or team with the best pit strategy. That's part of this sport and what makes it so competitive. Often times the guy with the best car maybe doesn't always win but the guy with the best plan does. As good as the tires are today, you will probably see a lot of two-tire and gas only pit stops this weekend for the sake of track position."
--Dale Jarrett on Racing at Michigan
Getting to the Front is Key at Michigan
DJ Wants to Defend 2002 MIS Win . . .
Dale Jarrett returns to Michigan International Speedway on a mission to rectify the team's performance from the June event, and to defend his win in the 2002 Pepsi 400. The wide, two-mile oval of Michigan is a favorite of Jarrett's and he'd like to add to the list of reasons why Michigan is his favorite place to race.
"Even though our last race here is one I'd like to forget, I still look forward to going to Michigan and the races that take place there," Jarrett said. "Michigan is a track I enjoy and I've said that time and again. One of the reasons I've always enjoyed it is because it allows for a lot of competitive, close, side-by-side racing. This is one of the places where I won't say you can necessarily run totally side-by-side through the corners, but because you might have a guy that's running the top groove and another guy that's running the bottom, the air won't necessarily affect them that much. They might be side-by-side with a lot of room in between them, but then get side-by-side down the straightaway."
"We know going in this weekend that it's important to get your car in the front," Jarrett continued. "It seems over the past few years -- and this year in particular -- the guy in the front has a bigger advantage than what he used to, so, yeah, that's going to be important late in the race -- getting yourself positioned to where you can be out front at the end."
88 Team Tests Kentucky in Preparation for Michigan . . .
The #88 UPS Racing Team is scheduled to test at Kentucky Speedway on Tuesday before heading to Michigan for this weekend's race activities. Crew chief Shawn Parker said Tuesday's test session will determine which car Jarrett will drive this weekend at Michigan.
"When we were at Michigan in June we tried to use notes from the race Dale won last year at Michigan," Parker said. "We made changes to the car after final practice thinking we were going in the right direction, but it actually hurt the car more than anything. The problem with last year's notes is that with the body location rule the notes are pretty much null and void. So, we are taking the cars we had at Michigan in June and Chicago in July to test and then we'll decide which car to race this weekend. Both cars have been completely redesigned as far as geometry and suspension points so we're looking to see improvement over what we did at Michigan in June."
Jarrett Welcomes Fans to Michigan . . .
Members of the Dale Jarrett Fan Club will congregate on Saturday, August 16, 2003 at the Victory Lane Speedway in Brooklyn, Mich., near Michigan International Speedway. The event is limited to members only and the autograph session will be limited to the first 1,000 fans who register for the event. The event is scheduled to run from 4:30 to 7 p.m. EST.