DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2000) -- Jason Jarrett, driver of the No. 11 Rayovac Pontiac and son of reigning Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett, made the most of off-season superspeedway testing and unloaded fast in the first practice of the week...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2000) -- Jason Jarrett, driver of the No. 11 Rayovac Pontiac and son of reigning Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett, made the most of off-season superspeedway testing and unloaded fast in the first practice of the week for Saturday's Busch Series opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Jarrett, who is one of seven Grand Prix drivers attempting to qualify for Saturday's event, posted the third quickest time of the first Busch practice session of the season at the 2.5 mile high-banked tri-oval.
JASON JARRETT, NO. 11 RAYOVAC PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
(ON BEING FAST RIGHT OFF THE TRUCK) "That's why we did all the testing...so we would know what we had when we got here and wouldn't have to use this as a testing session. We unloaded with what we left Talladega with in our last testing date. At first, bundling three speedway tests together might not have been a good idea, but now it appears to have worked out. With the testing and the extra hours put in at both Jarrett/Favre and Team Amick Motorsports (on the engine program) we've picked up a lot since the first test. It was very important to be strong right away: Every year you see guys that don't run well here and it follows them all the way down the road. We made a good first run and then backed it up with a second run that was about as clean as you can get. Basically, it you practice well, it gives the whole team confidence to take the next step. When you do everything right it gets the wheels turning and everyone thinks, 'well, if we ran that fast, maybe we can run a little faster.'"
(ON THE SWITCH IN 2000 TO A PONTIAC GRAND PRIX) "It was a decision that was made by the team in October right after I got injured in Memphis. We came back to the shop and had a decision to make as to whether we were going to wait for the new templates for Ford or Chevrolet, or go with a Pontiac. I'm running my first full year with a new team and we wanted to remove as many variables as possible. The Pontiac was a good choice because they haven't had any changes in the car for the last few years and that was important."
JASON LEFFLER, NO. 18 MBNA PONTIAC GRAND PRIX:
(ON PRACTICE) "That felt good. We were real happy with the car. The crew has been really patient with me. I think that put us in the top 10 on the speed chart, which is one of our goals. We knew we had a good car coming down here, so we're looking forward to qualifying. Everybody says running a superspeedway is easy, but until you personally do it a few times, it's not easy. But, right now, I feel comfortable. The car is driving nice and we're making good power. Like I said, we're just looking forward to qualifying."
(HIS SUPERSPEEDWAY EXPERIENCE) "So far, that practice was it. I've had very little drafting experience. Come Saturday, it's going to be a big difference. But, that's what it takes is just laps. We're here to get experience and hopefully do well."
(RACING IN THE DRAFT SATURDAY) "That's going to be a really new deal for me - a new experience for me. But, that's part of moving on and learning new things."