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Jarrett to Race Herbie: Fullly Loaded Car MOORESVILLE, N.C., (June 21, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the ...

Jarrett to Race Herbie: Fullly Loaded Car

MOORESVILLE, N.C., (June 21, 2005) ----- Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team prepare for the first road course challenge of the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season with this weekend's Dodge/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway. Jarrett has three career top-10 finishes at Infineon Raceway. Jarrett finished 18th there one year ago after having to pit out of sequence at the halfway point of the race for a cut tire.

If I remember right, we cut a tire down on one of the restarts last year and it wasn't the time we needed to be pitting so that threw us out of sequence," Jarrett said about last year's event in Sonoma. "The caution came out soon after we made that stop and we were lucky not to be a lap down. We were at the tail end of the line which I think was 36th, so to finish 18th wasn't too bad really, but if we hadn't had that tire problem we might have ended up a little better."

Jarrett will be racing the #88 UPS/Herbie: Fully Loaded Ford Taurus this weekend, in honor of the release of the new Disney film starring Lindsey Lohan. As part of the promotion, UPS created a national sweepstakes that awarded a grand prize of an all-expense paid trip to this weekend's race to one lucky winner. Jarrett will give the winner and guest a ride around the 1.99-mile Infineon Raceway in the Herbie Volkswagen Beetle on Sunday morning at 9:45 a.m.

Dale Jarrett on Racing in Sonoma

You're won of the few drivers that have raced at Sonoma for several years so how different is it now compared to the first time you raced there?

"It's night and day. I don't think you can really compare the two other than saying it was a road course then and it still is. The officials there have done a great job with the renovation project that has taken place over the last few years. I think the one thing that is a little more difficult with the track now is that it is pretty difficult to pass. But they've done a good job with the paving and the track is a lot less slick than it used to be."

Having won at most NASCAR tracks and won some of the sports biggest events, how important to you is it to add a win on a road course to your resume?

"That is something I would like to be able to accomplish. With the road racers we have in the series these days and then the road racing aces, if you will, that come in to run those events, I don't know how feasible an accomplishment that is. If we can get our car set up to where it handles right and I do my job as the driver we could do it. Certainly, strategy has come into play at the road races in the past and if the circumstances were right with our strategy then we might would be in position to make that happen. I'm not saying it's impossible because you never know what could happen but I also take a realistic look at it too."

Notes of Interest

* Jarrett, along with his teammate Elliott Sadler, spent Monday, June 20th at Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Phoenix, Ariz., getting in the road-racing state of mind. The two drivers spent Monday taking instruction on a few of the facility's test tracks.

* Jarrett has completed all of the laps run during the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season except for 11 laps. His lap completion rate to date is 99.7 percent.

Chassis 48

Chassis 48 is the car Jarrett will race during this weekend's road race in Sonoma. This is a brand new car for the #88 UPS Racing Team for the 2005 season. The team tested the car at Virginia International Raceway on Tuesday, June 14th in preparation for this weekend's road course event.


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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Dale Jarrett , Elliott Sadler