"Racing at Watkins Glen is a lot of fun and challenging. Of all the road courses we have visited for races or tests, Watkins Glen is probably the most conducive of all the road course tracks for our type of cars. There is room for us to race hard...
"Racing at Watkins Glen is a lot of fun and challenging. Of all the road courses we have visited for races or tests, Watkins Glen is probably the most conducive of all the road course tracks for our type of cars. There is room for us to race hard and pass. Road racing has changed a lot for us to where that if you're going to be successful at Watkins Glen, you have to feel like you are out of control for 90 laps."
--Dale Jarrett on Racing at the Glen
Track Position is Key for #88 at Glen
Robert Rutemiller to Substitute for Jackman on the #88 UPS Team . . . Robert Rutemiller will serve as jackman on the #88 UPS Racing Team while John Bryan rests from the accident he was involved in at Indianapolis Motor Speedway last week. Rutemiller currently works in the NASCAR Busch Series as jackman on the #59 Busch Series team.
Jarrett Looks to Better Road Course Performance at the Glen . . . The NASCAR Winston Cup Series drivers will pull out the road-racing skills for the second and final time of 2003. Watkins Glen International presents a tricky 11-turn challenge, and it is one in which Jarrett looks forward to competing. In 16 starts at the 2.45-mile road course, Jarrett has learned what it takes to be up front and to stay up front.
"Watkins Glen is a lot of fun and it changes our thinking around for another weekend," Jarrett said. "It's definitely a different challenge than we get with the ovals. We know going into the race we want a lot more stopping power so I can charge the corners extremely hard."
"Qualifying is so important and it didn't always used to be that way," Jarrett continued. "Being up front is the biggest key to getting a good finish at a road course. We used to be able to use different strategies to put ourselves in that position, but that's not really the case anymore. You know how far you can make it on fuel and you pretty much want to get in as soon as you get in the window to where you can make it on distance. But it is important to get a good start because the competition is just so close.
"A good starting spot doesn't always help you out because we were on the pole at Watkins Glen a couple years ago and if I remember correctly the driver put the car in the marbles," Jarrett joked. "But that shows that in addition to having good equipment you have to have a lot of concentration to basically manhandle the car for 90 laps around that track."
UPS Team Uses VIR for Glen Preparation . . . Both Robert Yates Racing Winston Cup teams spent a couple days in Danville, Va., testing at Virginia International Raceway in preparation for this weekend's event at Watkins Glen. Jarrett spent time behind the wheel of three different road course cars before settling on the same car with which he set a new track qualifying record in 2001.
"I knew the car we had at Sears Point wasn't what I wanted for Watkins Glen and actually the chassis I picked out to race is the same car we sat on the pole with in 2001," Jarrett said. "It's not the same car we had in Sears Point which makes sense because although you have two road courses, they both drive very different. The car we're taking to Watkins Glen drove the best of the three cars we had at VIR, and actually, my teammate Elliott Sadler, got in the car and thought it was the best driving car of the bunch as well."