UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest * Dale Jarrett will race the ...
UPS Racing Team Notes of Interest
* Dale Jarrett will race the #88 The UPS Store/Toys for Tots car this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway (TMS). The paint scheme was designed by 12-year old Annabelle Huffman of Napa, Calif., who won the Design Dale's Ride paint scheme contest that was announced at Texas in April. In conjunction with the paint scheme, The UPS Store started its fundraising effort for Toys for Tots by donating $50,000 to the Marine Corps Marathon last week, and has started selling $1 donation cards. Participating The UPS Store locations will sell the donation cards through December 23rd, hoping to generate a donation in the amount of $1 million to benefit Toys for Tots.
* Jarrett is one of the 11 different former Nextel Cup Series winners at Texas. Jarrett picked up his Texas win in 2001.
* This weekend will be the second annual Dickie's 500 as TMS started hosting the fall race last season. Jarrett finished 12th in this race one year ago.
* Jarrett has participated in all 10 Nextel Cup Series events that have taken place at TMS since the track started hosting the series in 1997.
* Since the Nextel Cup Series started racing at TMS in 1997, there have been 3,674 laps of racing at the 1.5-mile track. Jarrett has completed 3,620 of those laps for a lap completion rate at Texas of 98.5 percent.
* Car owner Robert Yates is second on the list of winning car owners at Texas with two wins as an owner. Fellow Ford owner Jack Roush leads the category with five wins. Ford has won seven of the 11 Nextel Cup Series events that have take place at Texas.
* Jarrett will be in the infield media center on Sunday, November 5 at 11:30 a.m., where he will participate in a question and answer session regarding the Toys for Tots program along with Dr. Phil McGraw and his wife, Robin McGraw.
Jarrett Discusses This Weekend's Race at Texas
What are the challenges that teams face at a track like Texas?
"Everything comes into play. This is a handling race track and you have to get through the corners. You know over the years it has become such a much better track to race on because we've got more than one groove in it. It's a very fast race track and a lot of fun to drive but getting your car to handle and keeping the tires on it is the biggest key."
What are your thoughts on the UPS Team's performance for the weekend?
"I'm looking forward to the weekend. This is the car that we ran at Atlanta last weekend and I feel like that was a very good race for our team. We had a decent finish but it really wasn't indicative of how well we had run through the majority of the race. We got caught up in that accident late or else we may have been able to get a few more spots. It was probably the first race where we ran and we're able to pass cars and not use strategy to get ourselves in the top 10 so that was very promising and hopefully bodes well for this weekend."