UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Dale Jarrett has competed in 17 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races at Infineon Raceway. His best performance to date at the road course is a fourth-place finish he scored there in 1997. * Jarrett's...
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
* Dale Jarrett has competed in 17 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series races at Infineon Raceway. His best performance to date at the road course is a fourth-place finish he scored there in 1997.
* Jarrett's best starting spot at Infineon, to date, is third. Jarrett started third at the track in 1998.
* Despite the fact that Jarrett does not consider himself a "road racer" by nature, he has been able to complete the majority of the laps run at Infineon since he started racing there in 1989. Jarrett has a 90 percent lap completion rate at the 2.52-mile road course.
* Since the #88 UPS/Robert Yates Racing Team started competing in 1996, Jarrett has only one DNF at Infineon. In 2003, the transmission broke on the UPS Ford after completing 83 of the 110 laps.
* In his last 10 starts at Infineon, Jarrett has only two finishes outside the top 18. The aforementioned DNF in 2003 placed Jarrett 42nd in the final running order and he finished 26th at the track in 2001.
* Prior to the race at Pocono almost two weeks ago, the #88 UPS Team spent a couple days at Virginia International Raceway, a road course near Danville, Va., in preparation for this weekend's Dodge Save Mart 350.
Jarrett Discusses Racing at Infineon Raceway
Do you feel a little like a 'duck out of water' at the road course races?
"It's certainly not something I'm accustomed to doing on a regular basis, not that anyone else in this does either. But I never had any type of road-race experience when I started racing. My first venture at a road course was at Road Atlanta when the Busch Series went there back in the early '80s. I made the trip out to Bondurant when the school was actually at Sears Point, and that's where I got my road-racing experience to begin with. But that first race was a lot of fun and it's something I've enjoyed doing over the years. Now, having said that a lot has changed over the years with a number of things from the road racers that we have out here now and even with the specialists that come in it is more difficult than it was then. But with strategy playing out the way that it does anything can happen out there, so that's the attitude that you have to go with. You go make your best effort and, hopefully, maybe your strategy will play out to a point that it could get you in a position to try to win. I've been fortunate to have some really good runs at different times and even though I haven't won, I've had some good moments. I've also had some embarrassing moments, but if you're going to do this you're going to have that happen from time to time."
How have you adapted to the changes to the track during the course of the last few years?
"Well, there's no doubt Infineon is quite a bit different now than it was back in the late 90s with all the changes they've made, which have been great for the fans so I am not knocking that at all. For me personally, I actually enjoyed the old way better and that's probably because I had better finishes when it was the old configuration. I just feel like there were more opportunities to pass and that the track was really slick. Then when they started repaving and changing certain areas, I think that took away some of the things I liked about it. Everybody has to deal with the same thing, but it's a totally different road course than when I started racing there years ago. Everybody has to deal with the same thing, but it's a totally different road course than when I started racing there years ago."
Chassis 48 is the car the #88 UPS Racing Team is going to compete with this weekend at Infineon Raceway. Chassis 48 was a brand new car for the team in 2005 and it was built specifically for Infineon Raceway. Jarrett finished fifth with Chassis 48 in its first and only start to date.