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Kvapil gets a 2-race sponsorship: Yates Racing announced today that Academy Sports + Outdoors, a leader in the sports and outdoor industry, will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for the Talladega and Texas races in the remaining Sprint Cup Series schedule. The primary sponsorship will debut at Talladega Superspeedway on October 5th for Kvapil’s scheduled 100th career start in the Cup series. The sponsorship marks the first time Academy Sports + Outdoors has been a primary sponsor in any of NASCAR’s numerous divisions.(Yates Racing PR)(9-20-2008) Comment here
Valvoline to sponsor Kvapil at New Hampshire: Yates Racing announced that Valvoline, the leading innovator and supplier of quality, high-performing automotive products, will sponsor the #28 entry and driver Travis Kvapil for the Sprint Cup Series race at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 14th. Valvoline is a technical partner of Yates Racing as well as the primary sponsor on the #28 Ford for Sunday’s race. “We’ve been in the Yates Fords and now we’ll be on the #28 Fusion in a big way,” said Rob Stravitz, vice president for global brands for Valvoline. “We have a history of working with Roush Yates Engines to achieve maximum horsepower and endurance, but this is the first time Valvoline has taken a primary position on a Yates Racing Ford,” said Stravitz. There will be no shortage of cars Sunday running with Valvoline. In addition to the two Yates Racing Ford Fusions of Kvapil and #38-David Gilliland, Valvoline will be in a total of ten other entries [all five Roush cars, all three GEM cars, #21-Elliott and #7-Gordon] for Sunday’s race that also depend on Valvoline.(Yates Racing PR)(9-10-2008) Comment here
Congrats: Tim Meyer and his wife Kelly had a new baby boy on 9/8/2008. He weighed 7lbs 9oz and was 20 in long. Tim is the engine tuner for Travis Kvapil's #28 Ford.(9-10-2008)
Kvapil to run the Hitachi "Inspire the Next" scheme at California: Yates Racing announced that Hitachi Power Tools (Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd.), which offers an extensive line of professional grade power tools and accessories will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for the Sprint Cup Series race at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. The Yates Racing Ford will feature Hitachi's global "Inspire the Next" branding on the #28 Ford. The primary sponsorship kicked off last month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which represented the first time Hitachi Power Tools has been a primary sponsor in NASCAR's most elite division, the Sprint Cup Series.(Yates Racing PR)(8-27-2008)
New Hire by Roush Fenway Racing: Fenway Sports Group (FSG), a premier sports marketing agency that specializes in representation, sponsorship sales, event marketing and strategic marketing consulting, announced it has appointed Brian Corcoran as Executive Vice President, Business Development & Motorsports. Corcoran will oversee day-to-day operations for FSG's NASCAR division which includes Roush Fenway Racing and Yates Racing. He is tasked with identifying and developing new sponsor and revenue opportunities for both teams. Corcoran comes to FSG after spending the last six years as Managing Director, Corporate Marketing for NASCAR. He was instrumental in securing Nextel Communications as the entitlement partner of the Nextel Cup Series and Nationwide Insurance as lead sponsor of NASCAR's secondary circuit which is often compared to Triple-A baseball. Corcoran also played key roles in securing new sponsors, including Enterprise, Office Depot, AMD, TISSOT, AutoZone and Domino's Pizza. In February 2007, FSG purchased 50 percent stake in Roush Racing, one of NASCAR's largest and most successful teams, to form Roush Fenway Racing (RFR). The team fields five cars in the Sprint Cup Series and currently has three drivers, Carl Edwards (2nd), Greg Biffle (7th) and Matt Kenseth (10th) in the Chase for the Cup and four drivers in the top 13 in Cup standings with David Ragan currently in 13th place. This merger marked the first time that owners of a professional franchise in one of the four major leagues have partnered with a NASCAR team. Through RFR, FSG also provides marketing and sponsorship services to Yates Racing.(PR)(8-25-2008)
Yates plans to run two teams in 2009: Team owner Doug Yates is still seeking sponsors for #28-Travis Kvapil and #38-David Gilliand for 2009. The Yates teams are 24th and 26th in the owner standings and have pieced together partial sponsorships throughout this season. “Hopefully we can nail some things down where we can make some announcements,” Yates said. “It’s come a long ways. I think it’s looking a lot better. We’re trying to selling our teams with our drivers in place. That’s our primary objective. They have done a nice job for us this year and we are working on building some quality teams here.” Yates indicated that the team has had conversations with Paul Menard, who could bring the family sponsorship from Dale Earnhardt Inc. Menard said Friday that he has not made a decision on next year. Yates said Saturday that his organization’s focus right now is on Kvapil and Gilliland. “That [Menard deal] is something that a lot of people have looked at,” Yates said. “Our primary objective is to sell what we have now and we’ll see how it unfolds.” Yates said the goal is to have two cars again next year. “We pieced it together this year and made it happen,” Yates said. “Hopefully we can solidify some stuff, and even if we don’t get two fully solid, we feel if we can get close to that, we can keep it going.”(SceneDaily)(8-25-2008) Comment here
Knight Rider scheme for Kvapil at Bristol: "Knight Rider's" KITT car is heading to Bristol -- sort of. NBC has teamed up with Ford Motor Co. and Yates Racing, which operates two motorsports teams in the Sprint Cup Series, on a promotion for the network's upcoming series. As part of the partnership, Travis Kvapil will drive the specially painted #28 "Knight Rider" Ford for the Sprint Cup Series race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday. "The stealth look and feel of the car coupled with Travis Kvapil at the helm has us very excited about this race," said John Miller, chief marketing officer at NBC Universal Television Group and president of the NBC Agency. "This event exemplifies the adrenaline and action the 'Knight Rider' series will deliver." Added Kvapil: "It's every guy's dream to feel like they are an action hero, and I get to have that chance under the lights of Bristol with our #28 'Knight Rider' Ford." The race will be broadcast Saturday on ESPN. The series bows Sept. 24.(Hollywood Reporter), see an image of the scheme on my #28 Team Scemes page.(8-19-2008)
Menard and Yates? UPDATE: John Menard, the wealthy businessman (Menards, the privately owned home improvements company), may be losing interest in NASCAR racing after so many years, according to sources. Menard, whose son #15-Paul is driving for DEI, is reportedly in negotiations with Ford’s Jack Roush, perhaps to help fellow owner Doug Yates keep afloat in this sport, which would involve a move from Chevrolet to Ford. “I don’t have any idea what might be going on there,” DEI’s Story said. “We just met with John, and everything is good.”(Winston Salem Journal)(7-4-2008) UPDATE: Yates Racing, with an assist from partner Roush Fenway, is making a push to sign Paul Menard from Dale Earnhardt Inc. "We believe we're the leading contender outside of the incumbent," Smith said. #38-David Gilliland and #28-Travis Kvapil currently drive for Yates Racing. DEI officials have been negotiating to re-sign Menard and feel confident he will return to the organization.(ESPN.com)(8-18-2008) Comment here
Carfax to sponsor Kvapil at MIS: Yates Racing announced that Carfax, the most trusted provider of vehicle history information, will sponsor the #28 entry and driver Travis Kvapil for the Sprint Cup Series race at Michigan International Speedway on August 17th. The race marks the first time that Carfax has been a primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series. The premiere of the #28 Carfax Ford Fusion will take place on August 17th, 2008 for the 3M Performance 400. "We're thrilled to expand our presence in NASCAR to the Sprint Cup Series by teaming up with Yates Racing to sponsor the #28 Carfax Ford Fusion," said Larry Gamache, communications director at Carfax. "Travis is having his best season yet as a Sprint Cup driver and we join the millions of NASCAR fans in cheering him on during the race. Anyone at Michigan International Speedway or watching on TV is in for a fun-filled race weekend, beginning Saturday with the Carfax 250." Carfax is a wholly-owned subsidiary of R.L. Polk & Co. and uses the unique 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN) found on vehicle dashboards and title documents to generate a detailed Vehicle History Report on any used car or light truck. For more information, visit www.carfax.com.(Yates Racing PR), Hitachi is the sponsor this week for the #28, see my #28 Team Schemes page for images of the Hitachi car.(7-31-2008)
Hitachi Sponsoring Kvapil for 6 races: IMAGE Yates Racing announced that Hitachi Power Tools, a world-wide leader in professional grade power tools and accessories, will sponsor the #28 with driver Travis Kvapil for a total of six races in the remaining Sprint Cup Series schedule. The primary sponsorship will debut at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 27th and the race will mark the first time Hitachi Power Tools has been a primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series. The remaining five races of the primary sponsorship will include the Sprint Cup Series events at: Pocono, Richmond, Dover, Charlotte, and Atlanta..(Yates Racing PR)(7-16-2008) Comment here IMAGE: See an image of the car on my #28 Team paint schemes page.(7-19-2008)
Braun to make first Cup start at Watkins Glen: UPDATE: Denied On this week's SPEED Report, Bob Dillner reported that Colin Braun [#6 Con-way Freight Roush Fenway Ford Truck in the CTS] is scheduled to make his first start in the Sprint Cup Series at Watkins Glen. Braun will be driving a car from the Yates Racing stable and not Roush Fenway. Dillner didn't say if it would be a third car or one of the current cars #28-Kvapil or #38- Gilliland, but can't image either sitting since they are decent in points and Gilliland finished 2nd at Watkins Glen.(7-14- 2008) UPDATE: Roush Fenway Racing folks denied that Colin Braun running the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen and say Braun will be racing in the Truck Series race at Nashville Superspeedway.(Roush Fenway Racing)(7-14-2008) Comment here
FreeCreditReport.com to sponsor the #28 also: FreeCreditReport.com will sponsor both Yates Racing cars at Chicagoland Speedway this weekend. #28-Travis Kvapil will sport the FreeCreditReport.com colors at Chicago as he did at #38-David Gilliland has had FreeCreditReport.com as his sponsor most of the season.(Yates Racing PR), see images of the scheme on my #28 Team Schemes page and the #38 Team Schemes page.(7-8-2008)
Yates close to sponsorship..and a 3rd team?: Doug Yates, who has been worried that he might not make it to year two as a NASCAR team owner, is doing better now, according to Roush, a fellow Ford team owner, who said sponsorship is coming through for Yates -- not only enough sponsorship to keep Yates' two teams going but to allow Yates to expand to a three-car operation [currently #28, #38). No word on who the third driver might be.(Winston Salem Journal)(7-6-2008) Comment here
Menard and Yates? John Menard, the wealthy businessman (Menards, the privately owned home improvements company), may be losing interest in NASCAR racing after so many years, according to sources. Menard, whose son #15-Paul is driving for DEI, is reportedly in negotiations with Ford’s Jack Roush, perhaps to help fellow owner Doug Yates keep afloat in this sport, which would involve a move from Chevrolet to Ford. “I don’t have any idea what might be going on there,” DEI’s Story said. “We just met with John, and everything is good.”(Winston Salem Journal)(7-4-2008) Comment here
CHP scheme for the #28 at Sonoma UPDATE images: hearing the #28 Yates Racing Ford of Travis Kvapil will run the CHP - California Highway Patrol colors at Infineon Raceway next weekemd. See images on my #28 Team Schemes page.(6-13-2008) UPDATE: The Sprint Cup series will make its only Northern California stop for the 2008 season this upcoming June 22 for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, and the #28 Yates Racing Ford will feature quite an interesting paint job: It will be wearing the colors and design of a California Highway Patrol vehicle. The California Highway Patrol is excited for the car's debut, which should help with the agency's current "very energetic recruitment push," said Mark Garrett, public affairs recruitment sergeant for the CHP's Southern Division. "We know how effective and influential NASCAR is," he told Inside Line. The black-and-white CHP-design Fusion will be driven by 2003 Craftsman Truck Series champion Travis Kvapil. A set of gold-and-black Goodyear Eagle tires almost perfectly matches the CHP logo that decorates the hood. This will be the California Highway Patrol's first venture into Cup sponsorship. At this point, the plan is to back the Yates Racing Ford for only one race.(Edmunds.com), see images on my #28 Team Schemes page(6-17-2008) Comment here
Both Yates cars to have same sponsor at MIS: FreeCreditReport.com, the regualr sponsor for Daivd Gilliland in the #38 Yates Racing Ford, will also sponsor teammate Travis Kavpil in the #28 Yates Racing Ford in the LifeLock 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Kvapil will also run FreeCreditReport.com at Chicago in July.(Yates Racing)(6-11-2008)
Kvapil gets sponsor for Pocono: Yates Racing announced Friday that DISH Network will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for this weekend's Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday, June 8. "We are thrilled to have DISH Network as our sponsor this weekend at Pocono," stated Kvapil. "There is a lot of momentum and excitement right now at Yates Racing and we are honored that DISH Network wanted to participate in our program. We are always very grateful that companies recognize our increased performance both on and off the track this season and I'm looking forward to an exciting weekend at Pocono for our #28 DISH Network team."(Yates Racing PR)(6-6-2008) Comment here
Lumber Liquidators to Sponsor #28 at Coke 600: Lumber Liquidators, the largest specialty retailer of hardwood flooring in the United States, announced that it will sponsor Travis Kvapil, driver of the #28 Yates Racing Ford at the 2008 Coca-Cola 600. The May 25th race at Lowe's Motor Speedway will mark the first primary sponsorship for Lumber Liquidators in Sprint Cup Series in 2008 [they sponsored a few races on the #99 and #16 Roush Fenway Racing cars in 2007]. Kvapil finished eighth in the May 10th race at Darlington Raceway, his third top-10 finish of the season. He currently sits 18th in the NASCAR driver point standings.(Yates Racing)(5-20-2008) Comment here
Open House: Roush Yates Engines Parts Store was created in February of 2008 to provide direct sales of our New and Used Engine Parts to the public. We will be having an Open House starting Monday May 19th running through Friday May 23rd from 8:00am to 5:00pm. We will also have extended hours on Saturday May 17th (8:00am TO 2:00pm) and Saturday May 24th where the store will be open from 8:00am to 4:00pm. If you are going to the race on either Saturday or just in town for speed weeks, please stop by and see what RoushYates Racing Engines is all about. If you are a Ford Racing Fan you will want to come and see us. We will have the Robert Yates 1999 Cup Championship #88 car along with several engines on display and our RoushYates souvenir items. More info at roushyatesparts.com.(5-12-2008)
Kvapil gets sponsor for Darlington UPDATE images: Fayetteville’s [NC] Lafayette Ford will sponsor driver #28-Travis Kvapil in the May 10 Sprint Cup race at Darlington Raceway. Lafayette Ford and the #28 car have a vaunted history. Fred Lorenzen, NASCAR’s “Golden Boy” of the 1960s, scored virtually all of his wins with sponsorship from the dealership while driving for the Holman-Moody team. In 1964, he won five consecutive starts, with the last being the Rebel 300 at Darlington.(Fayetteville Observer) AND: Yates Racing announced that LaFayette Ford, who sponsored the #28 with driver Fred Lorenzen from 1962-1967, will again sponsor the #28 entry but this time with driver Travis Kvapil for the Sprint Cup series race at Darlington Raceway on May 10th. Kvapil's #28 will sport a paint scheme reminiscent to that of Fred Lorenzen's during the 60's when LaFayette Ford sponsored Lorenzen's #28 machine. The Darlington 500 will mark the first time LaFayette Ford has served as a primary sponsor in the Sprint Cup Series since the dealership was associated with Lorenzen. LaFayette Ford is proud to be Fayetteville, North Carolina's only family-owned and operated Ford dealer. They have been serving the
Fayetteville, Fort Bragg, and surrounding areas since 1949.(Yates Racing)(4-30-2008) UPDATE: see images of the scheme on my 28 Team Schemes page.(5-6-2008) Comment here
Kvapil gets sponsor for Richmond: Yates Racing announced that Discount Tire, America's largest independent tire retailer, will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for this weekend's Crown Royal Presents the Dan Lowry 400 at Richmond International Raceway on Saturday, May 3rd. "This has been such a tremendous week for our #28 team," stated Kvapil. "We just left Talladega with our best finish of the season so far, and now we have Discount Tire as our sponsor for Richmond this weekend. There's a lot of momentum right now at Yates Racing, and thanks to all the wonderful sponsors we've enjoyed partnerships with already this year, we're very grateful that companies recognize our increased performance both on and off the track. Discount Tire is a fantastic company and I am proud that they chose to partner with our #28 team at Richmond." Saturday night's race will mark the first time Discount Tire has been a primary sponsor in Sprint Cup Series. Discount Tire has been a sponsor in the Nationwide Series since 2004. Discount Tire provides sales of tires, wheels and related accessories and services through mail order, Internet and retail stores. They currently operate more than 650 stores across the country.(Yates Racing)(4-30-2008) Comment here
Northern Tool + Equipment to Sponsor Travis Kvapil at Talladega IMAGE: Yates Racing announced that Northern Tool + Equipment, a leading supplier of high-quality tools and equipment for more than 27 years, will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for this weekend's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway on April 27th. Sunday's race will mark the first time Northern Tool + Equipment has been a primary sponsor in NASCAR's most elite division, the Sprint Cup Series. Northern Tool + Equipment has been a sponsor in the Craftsman Truck Series since 2006.(Yates Racing)(4-22-2008)
added an image of the scheme to the Paint Schemes gallery.(4-24-2008) Comment here
Ford to sponsor Kvapil at Phoenix: Yates Racing, which has soldiered on for most of 2008 with no sponsorship for Travis Kvapil, got some good news this week as Ford Motor Co. has stepped up to sponsor Kvapil’s #28 Fusion. Full details are expected later today from Phoenix.(SPEEDtv) AND: This weekend, racing fans across the country will see and hear many of Ford Racing’s stars talking about Drive one, Ford’s new and far-reaching message about improved vehicle quality, fuel economy, safety advances and smart technology. Ford Racing cars will sport a variety of Drive one logos starting with this weekend’s events in Avondale, Ariz. (NASCAR), and Las Vegas (NHRA), highlighted by the #28 Drive one Ford Fusion, driven by Yates Racing’s Travis Kvapil. Yates Racing, which is still searching for a full-time sponsor for its cars, is helping Ford with the Drive one launch by offering up Kvapil’s car, which will be seen by millions of viewers this weekend on Speed and Fox. “Yates Racing is honored to have the opportunity to run the Drive one paint scheme on the #28 Ford Fusion this weekend,” said team owner Doug Yates. “We have a great driver in Travis, along with top-of-the-line equipment and technology courtesy of Ford. I’ve been fortunate enough to have the chance to participate in the development of Ford cars and engines from the racing side and I can’t think of a better manufacturer to be affiliated with,” he said. Drive one is the inside story of Ford, chronicling in television, print and digital media how Ford employees have closed the gap with Asian competitors regarding quality, advanced vehicle safety, made vehicles more fuel efficient and led the industry in developing in-car connectivity. People are also invited to drive a Ford vehicle and experience for themselves the company’s vehicles’ performance. “I’m really thrilled to drive the #28 Drive one Ford Fusion this weekend at Phoenix,” said Kvapil. “Being a Ford driver myself, I can tell you that they are committed to the four key points of this campaign: quality, fuel-efficiency, safety, and technologically-advanced vehicles. Ford is integrating Drive one into Ford’s racing program to reach out to Ford loyalists, so they can help spread the word about the company’s gains in areas that matter most to customers. In addition to the primary sponsorship logos on the #28 Fusion this weekend, Drive one logos will be featured on the b-pillar of each of Ford NASCAR Sprint Cup cars. In addition, in- car camera and roll cage shots will feature the new logos, and both Yates Racing and Wood Brothers Racing drivers and crew members will wear special Drive one baseball caps. The Fox Fusion 360 car, an important part of every NASCAR on Fox broadcast, will also feature Drive one logos. Additionally, the special NASCAR Ford Fusion that analyst Darrell Waltrip drives in Fox pre-race features will also switch to the Drive one logos.(Ford Racing)(4-10-2008)
Both Yates cars bare: Yates Racing drivers #38-David Gilliland and #28-Travis Kvapil are 22nd and 24th, respectively, in the points standings heading into tomorrow's Samsung 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Both cars are unsponsored this weekend and are displaying SponserYates.com.(4-5-2008)
#28 Ford to Carry "11 Million" at Bristol: The 2008 NASCAR TV season is already off to a great start with an average of more than 11 million people per race day watching the #28 Yates Racing Ford during FOX's coverage. This three-race average doesn't include the 33.5 million viewers that watched the Daytona 500. With TV ratings up, and the #28 team still looking for sponsorship, it only makes sense to highlight one of the many benefits of a primary sponsorship with Yates Racing and the #28 team by placing "11 Million" on the hood of the Ford Fusion. Driver Travis Kvapil thinks it's a unique approach to attracting sponsorship and hopes that he can get his #28 "11 Million" Ford to the number one position this Sunday at Bristol. Chassis #464 is the chassis the #28 Yates Racing team will be running this weekend for the Food City 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Yates
Racing purchased this chassis from Roush Fenway Racing in 2008. This is the same chassis that Carl Edwards won the 2007 Sharpie 500 with.(Yates Racing PR)(3-13-2008)
Sponsor for Kvapil at Atlanta? UPDATE: hearing that Zaxby's Restuarant's will sponsor Travis Kvapil's #28 Yates Racing Ford in a one-race deal for Sunday's Kobalt Tools 500 in Atlanta. Zaxby's restaurants also sponsors the #09 Craftsman Roush Racing truck that Kvapil drives on a part-time basis.(3-5-2008) UPDATE: Yates Racing announced today that Zaxby's will sponsor the #28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for this weekend's Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 9th. "I'm really thrilled to have Zaxby's as the sponsor of our #28 Ford Fusion for this weekend at Atlanta," stated Kvapil. "Having the opportunity to drive
the Zaxby's Ford, and Atlanta being Zaxby's home base for the company, is a great tie-in. I know that we're going to have a lot of success for them on Sunday. Our Cup team has really been able to show our potential over the past few weeks, and I think that this is a great time for sponsors to jump on board to partner with our Yates Racing teams. I'm really looking forward to this weekend and representing Zaxby's."
"We are ecstatic to have Travis representing our company at Atlanta this weekend," commented Tony Townley, Vice-President of Zaxby's Franchising. "We are thrilled to have Travis representing us at Atlanta, since our company is headquartered here. I think our franchisees and customers will be excited to watch the #28 in our first Cup series endeavor. Our customers can identify with our colors and branding from our last couple of years racing in the Truck series, and we're looking forward to our partnership with Yates Racing for this weekend's Cup race." Kvapil has already achieved a top-10 finish this season in the Sprint Cup series when he brought home an eighth-place finish this past weekend at Las
Vegas Motor Speedway for Yates Racing. Kvapil will drive the #09 entry in the Craftsman Truck Series this weekend at Atlanta for Roush Fenway Racing, which is also sponsored by Zaxby's. Kvapil will pilot the #09 Zaxby's truck for ten more races following this weekend's race at Atlanta.(Yates Racing PR), see an image of the scheme in my #28 Team Schemes page.(3-6-2008) Comment here
K&N Engineering to sponsor the #28 in the Daytona 500: Yates Racing announced that K&N Engineering, Inc., the world's leader in performance filter technology, will
sponsor the No. 28 entry with driver Travis Kvapil for the 50th running of the Daytona 500 on February 17th. Kvapil and K&N Engineering, Inc. have shared sponsorship in the past when K&N served as the primary sponsor of Kvapil's #6 Ford in the 2007 Craftsman Truck Series. K&N Engineering, Inc. is headquartered in Riverside, California and has been
serving the need of the automotive, motorcycle, marine, industrial, and military markets since 1969. For more information about K&N Filters, view www.knfilters.com.(Yates Racing PR)(2-9-2008) Comment here.
Crew Chief Switch at Yates: on SPEED's coverage of testing at Daytona, it was reported that Todd Parrott will be #28-Travis Kvapil's crew chief in 2008 and Cully Barraclough will be with #38-David Gilliland. Parrott had been Gilliland's crew chief.(1-8-2008)
New site for Yates? Travis Kvapil ran two cars on Monday at Daytona testing, one in gray primer and another black with orange numbers both with the Yates Racing logo and the following site on the quarter panels - sponsoryates.com.(1-8-2008)
SPONSOR? have not heard much about sponsors for the #28 [was #88] or #38 Yates Racings teams. Supposedly per a Max Jones interview on Sirius Satellite Radio, the team has sponsorship in the works, the teams will be sponsored and that they are making sure the deals are what they need.(12-31-2007)
Yates to bring back #28 in 2008: Yates Racing will resurrect the #28 next season with driver Travis Kvapil. The number, which has been driven by 10 of the 40 winningest drivers in NASCAR history for 76 victories, hasn't been used since Ricky Rudd was behind the wheel at RYR in 2002. "Hopefully, we can do the things we used to do with it," said Doug Yates, the co-owner of RYR. Among those that have driven the 28 are Cale Yarborough, Bobby Allison, Donnie Allison, Davey Allison, Dale Jarrett and Ernie Irvan.
Davey Allison won 19 races with the number between 1987 and his tragic helicopter death in 1993. Rudd last drove the number from 2000 to 2002, collecting three wins and 53 top 10s. He was fifth in points in his first season, fourth in 2001 and 10th in 2002. Yates is making the switch because it gave the #88 to Dale Earnhardt Jr. to use at Hendrick Motorsports next season. "We hope it brings back the good times we had before," he said. "It's always been a number we've been fond of."(ESPN.com)(11-19-2007)
Doug Yates and Max Jones join forces: Yates Racing announced Thursday that Max Jones, long-time general manager for Roush Fenway Racing and former road-racing driver has joined Yates Racing as a co-owner and will also assume the role of General Manager . Jones, a native of Long Beach, Calif., joins Yates Racing after serving as general manager for Roush Fenway Racing’s Cup program in 2007. “We’re thrilled to have someone as respected as Max join Yates Racing,” said Yates Racing owner, Doug Yates. “With his experience in the sport and working with such a large and successful organization as Roush Fenway Racing for so many years, he will immediately step in and improve our race operations. As we continue to improve and restructure in preparation for a successful 2008 season, having someone with Max’s experience and credibility only accelerates the process of getting Yates Racing back to where it needs to be and that’s competing for wins and championships on a weekly basis.” Jones will add his experience to one of the most successful operations in motorsports. Since venturing into NASCAR’s Cup series in 1989, Yates Racing has recorded 57 wins, 269 top fives, and 427 top-10 finishes, including the Cup
series championship in 1999.(Roush Fenway Racing PR)(11-15-2007)
Rudd to Make Final Nextel Cup Career Start at Homestead: The Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway will mark the final start for #88-Ricky Rudd in the Nextel Cup Series and Sunday’s Ford 400 will be Rudd’s 906th career start in the series. NASCAR’s “Iron Man,” who holds the record for the most consecutive number of starts with 788, will start the final Cup series race of his career Sunday. Rudd holds numerous accolades on his resume including: 1992 IROC Champion, 1997 Brickyard 400 Winner, 2006 Virginian of the Year, and was named one of NASCAR’s “50 All-Time Great” drivers to name a few. Rudd has an average starting position of 12.9, and an average finish of 23.4 at Homestead, completed 1,770 of 1,873 laps at Homestead (94.5%) and has led 49 laps, his best starting position at Homestead is from second which he accomplished in 2000 and best finish was the sixth in the same race.(Rickyrudd.com)(11-15-2007)
Roush to build all Yates cars: Roush Fenway Racing will be building all of Yates Racing’s Sprint Cup next season, and team co-owner Jack Roush said he’s looking forward to helping the Yates group return to its performance levels of old. Starting with the 2008 season, Roush Fenway Racing will manufacture all of Yates Racing’s cars, with Yates moving to Concord, N.C., next to Roush Fenway’s shops. Yates, meanwhile, will lease its current shop in Mooresville, N.C., to Petty Enterprises. “We’re making preparations to enter into a service agreement with them that will avail them of the technology and of the vehicles with the engineering essence and the vehicles that are coming out of our construction activities,” said Roush Saturday morning at Phoenix International Raceway. “We want to try to breath some blue sky and some viability back into the program.” One of the benefits of Roush Fenway Racing building cars for both teams is that in the long run, it will result in cost savings, because the cost for R&D, tooling, etc., will be spread over a larger number of cars, Roush said. “We’ve got some opportunities of scale, in terms of understanding what we need to do and then the more volume you generate off that for the same amount of engineering work, design work, tooling, all those things you do, it’s an extraordinarily expensive proposition to go do all the testing that’s necessary to build and support one Cup car in today’s world,” said Roush. “If, taken to the other extreme, an IROC scenario where all the cars were completely identical coming out of the factory, then the cost to the teams and the value to the sponsors would be maximized. This is something in between.”(Ford Racing)(11-12-2007)
Pedigree colors for Rudd at Phoenix: #88-Ricky Rudd will be running the bright yellow Pedigree Brand Food for Dogs Ford Fusion this weekend at Phoenix in the Checker Auto Parts 500 instead of his traditional Snickers paint scheme.(RYR PR), see images of the scheme on the #88 Team Schemes page.(11-7-2007)
Halloween scheme for Rudd at Atlanta: Ricky Rudd and the #88 team will be running a special Snickers Halloween paint scheme this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway in celebration of the upcoming Halloween holiday. The team has also prepared a brand new chassis for this weekend’s Pep Boys Auto 500. The new chassis is based off of information the team has gathered throughout the 2007 season at various 1.5-mile tracks and the #88 team hopes this new car will yield a strong performance. Rudd has 57 starts at Atlanta, which ties him with #21-Bill Elliott for the most starts of any active Nextel Cup Series driver.(Elevation Group/Snickers Racing PR)(10-24-2007)
Crew chief Hylton gets a new gig:Accelerating Developments International, LLC (ADI) announced that Butch Hylton, veteran crew chief/car chief [recently #88 RYR crew chief] has joined the ADI team as Technical Sales Director. Butch helped win a Nextel Cup with Joe Gibbs Racing in 2000 as car chief on Bobby Labonte's #18 car and won the car owner's championship with Richard Childress Racing in 2003 with Kevin Harvick and Johnny Sauter. Accelerating Developments International is a leading provider of technology, product innovation, engineering solutions and strategic consulting to the automotive, OEM and Motorsports industries. ADI designs and builds the K-RIG and the KD-RIG, the newest kinematics diagnostic chassis and suspension testing available today. With the acquisition of APR, Accelerating Developments International is now able to provide the most up-to-date full service line of chassis and suspension testing available in the Motorsports industry today. ADI's state-of-the-art R&D facility located in Concord, NC provides full service sales and rental time for all their rigs.(ADI PR)(10-23-2007)
Wallace on standby; Rudd Expects to Run Whole Race: been told that Kenny Wallace is on standby at Martinsville Speedway for #88-Ricky Rudd as Rudd's shoulder is still sore from the Californina wreck [missed 4 races]. Rudd may also start the race on Sunday and Wallace could sub and finish the race.(10-19-2007) UPDATE: Ricky Rudd’s left shoulder, which he separated in a hard crash at California Speedway over Labor Day weekend, is hurting him this weekend at Martinsville, but the Virginia native said he plans to drive with pain through 500 laps on Sunday. “It’s sore, but I think it’s gonna be all right. It hurts, really, to be honest with you, but I’m trying not to take any Advil or anything like that right now to see if I can deal with it,” said Rudd. “I don’t know. Part of me say, ‘I don’t know,’ but the other part of me is saying, ‘Aw, you’ll tough it out. You’ll be all right.’”(SPEEDtv.com)(10-21-2007)
Team Red Bull buying Yates' shop? UPDATE no: Team Red Bull [#83, #84) has approached Robert Yates Racing [#38, #88] about purchasing its racing and chassis manufacturing shops in Mooresville, N.C. The offer comes in the heels of Yates' announcement that it wants to move to Concord, N.C., to a shop currently occupied by Boris Said's No Fear team (next to Roush Fenway) to expedite their sharing of technology in 2008. Yates will use Roush-built chassis next season. Red Bull is in dire need of more space. It gets engines from Toyota Racing Development and buys chassis, but wants to start departments in both areas. Buying Yates' facilities would give them the room to do that.(Sports Illustrated)(10-11-2007) UPDATE: "Robert Yates did contact us awhile back to see if we were interested in talking with him about purchasing his building or his teams. We weren't - so the conversation ended there. We're committed to building our team from scratch and making our cars competitive. We don't have plans to buy anyone else's team."(Red Bull VP of Competition, Guenther Steiner statement)(10-18-2007)
Kenny Wallace not back in the #88 UPDATE: Hearing Kenny Wallace will not return to the seat of the #88 Snickers Ford at Lowe's Motor Speedway, looks like Ricky Rudd will return to the car there. Wallace could be in line for Yates Busch Series team, if it runs in 2008.(10-8-2007) UPDATE: Ricky Rudd has been cleared by doctors to return to the #88 Ford this weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway, the veteran driver told ESPN.com on Monday. "The plan right now is to race this weekend," Rudd said. "I have to get a release from NASCAR, but the doctor said there's no reason why I couldn't race this week. There are a couple of technicalities, more of a formality than anything -- liability issues and things like that. The doctor has to give an official word to NASCAR, and he said that will happen."(ESPN.com)(10-8-2007)
Rudd expects to be back at Charlotte: Ricky Rudd, who has missed the last four races and is on the sidelines again this week, said Friday he hopes to be back in Robert Yates Racing's #88 Ford at Lowe's Motor Speedway next weekend. Rudd separated his left shoulder in a grinding crash at California Speedway on Sept. 2. "It's getting better," Rudd said. "I've got a few weak areas I'm working on with therapy, trying to get some strength back. "I'd hate to sit here and say, 'Yeah, 100 percent, I'll back at Charlotte.' But I'll be real disappointed if I don't make it back at Charlotte, I'll put it that way." Rudd would still need approval from NASCAR to return to action. "The biggest thing is somewhere along the way, I've got to get a release," Rudd said. "I've got to go back to the doctor. I've pretty much been in the hands of one of the sports medicine trainers. That's who I go see, about an hour-and-a-half every day. "The workouts get long and longer, so I'll probably know about 12:30 on Monday what's going to happen for Charlotte." Rudd said he had no strength in his left arm after the crash and couldn't drive a street car. He said the arm has probably 60-70% of its strength back. Following the Charlotte race, the Nextel Cup Series moves to the tough Martinsville short track, a Rudd favorite. But he isn't sure if he'll be ready for Martinsville.(SceneDaily.com)(10-6-2007)
Crew Chief change at the #88? UPDATE: hearing Butch Hylton and Robert Yates Racing have parted ways, hearing RYR Busch team crew chief, Cully Barraclough, could be the new crew chief of the #88 for Mike Wallace [at Talladega], no word where Hylton may go.(10-2-2007) UPDATE: Charles "Cully" Barraclough will serve as crew chief for Mike Wallace this weekend in the #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford, according to an updated NASCAR entry list. Barraclough has been serving as crew chief for RYR's Stephen Leicht in the Busch Series. He is replacing Butch Hylton, who parted ways with the team earlier this week.(SceneDaily.com)(10-5-2007)
M&M's to sponsor #18 car and Kyle Busch in 2008: Mars U.S. announced a three-year partnership with M&M’S Brand Chocolate Candies as the sponsor of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) team and driver Kyle Busch in the Sprint Cup Series beginning in 2008. “I can’t wait to climb behind the wheel of the M&M’S car next season,” Busch said. “M&M’S Racing has been a fan favorite for years in the sport and it’s an honor to drive for one of the most recognized brands in the world. My focus is to win, and I know that everyone at Mars shares that vision as well. I want to thank the associates at Mars U.S. for this opportunity and look forward to a winning relationship.” During the 2008 season, Mars U.S. brands will serve as the primary sponsor of JGR’s #18 Sprint Cup Series team for a total of 30 point races. Mars will feature the popular M&M’S Brand colors beginning with the 50th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17. Snickers and Pedigree also will serve as primary brand sponsors for several races. Additionally, Combos, Twix, Skittles, Starburst and Milkey Way brands will provide support as associate sponsors. Interstate Batteries will serve as a primary sponsor of the #18 Sprint Cup team for six point races. The 2008 season will mark the 15th year for Mars U.S. as a primary sponsor in NASCAR’s premier racing division. The famous candy maker joined the series in 1990, running its first three seasons under the Snickers Brand moniker. After serving as an associate sponsor for four seasons, the company returned with the Skittles Brand colors in 1997 before transitioning to M&M’S Brand Chocolate Candies in 1999.(Joe Gibbs Racing site)(10-3-2007)
Mike in for Kenny at the #88: Mike Wallace will take over the driving duties of the #88 M&M’S Halloween Ford Fusion from brother Kenny this weekend at Talladega while Ricky Rudd continues to recover from a shoulder injury which has kept him sidelined for five weeks. Along with a new driver in the #88 Ford, the car will also be sporting an M&M’s Halloween paint scheme instead of the normal Snickers colors. Halloween is an iconic American holiday and M&M’S is offering consumers the ultimate treat: the opportunity to enter and play the M&M’S Million Dollar Halloween Instant Win Game and Sweepstakes. Fans will have twice the ghoulish fun this weekend at Talladega as both the #88 Ford and the #38 Ford with David Gilliland will run the special M&M’S Halloween paint schemes in celebration of the upcoming holiday.(Evelvatin Group/RYR PR)(10-2-2007)
Yates planning to move to shop near Roush Fenway: Robert Yates Racing is planning to move from its shop in Mooresville, N.C., to next to the Roush Fenway Racing shop in Concord, N.C., likely in the building that #60-Boris Said's No Fear Racing team currently occupies. [Co-owner Doug]Yates said the move will allow better technology flow. Yates Racing will purchase chassis and bodies from Roush Fenway, which also will provide marketing and sponsorship help. He said it's about getting the team stronger and hopes to keep his strongest employees. The move won't be the only change for the team that will be known as Yates Racing. It has released the #88 to Hendrick Motorsports and is expected to resurrect the #28 it used in its early years. "We haven't decided exactly yet [on the number]," Yates said. "That's definitely a good possibility." Yates needs two sponsors for next season for drivers David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil. Yates acknowledged Friday for the first time that M&M's and Snickers will not return for next season. Sponsorship is in the works for both teams next year, Yates said. As far as the Busch side, Yates said he wasn't sure what would happen with that team. "It's not the No. 1 priority," Yates said. "If Citi would like to come back [as a sponsor] or we could find sponsorship, we would run it. But the No. 1 deal is to get our two Cup teams back to where they need to be."(SceneDaily.com)(9-29-2007)
Wallace back in the #88 UPDATE: hearing Kenny Wallace will once again sub for Ricky Rudd in the #88 Snickers Ford, this week at Kansas Speedway.(9-25-2007) UPDATE: For the fourth week in a row, Kenny Wallace will drive the #88 Snickers Ford, while Ricky Rudd continues to recover from his separated shoulder injury. Wallace is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and considers Kansas Speedway his home track. Quoting Snickers Driver, Kenny Wallace: "Ricky and I have been getting along really well and I am so grateful to him helping me out at every race that I’ve driven his car. He really is a terrific driver and I’ve been so fortunate to have him behind me supporting me every weekend with the team. It really has meant a lot. I’m from St. Louis, so I’m very excited to go and I feel that it’s going to be a very fun week for me. My oldest daughter will be at the race this weekend and I’m just very thankful that I’ll have the opportunity to race for my daughter this weekend. It’s going to be a great time.”(RYR PR)(9-26-2007)
About car numbers and #28 back at Yates? A common misconception in NASCAR Nextel Cup racing is that the teams own their numbers and can trade them freely among each other. In fact, NASCAR owns each and every number in the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series and licenses them to the teams on an annual basis.
That’s the formal policy. Informally, NASCAR has on occasion permitted the exchange of number between teams, which was the case when Robert Yates Racing agreed to forego its right to the #88 so that Dale Earnhardt Jr. could use the number in 2008 when he moves to Hendrick Motorsports. RYR agreed to give the number up and Hendrick went to NASCAR for approval of moving the #88 to Earnhardt’s car. But the transfer wouldn’t have happened without the OK from the Yates organization, which next year will campaign #28 in the Nextel Cup Series for Travis Kvapil and #38 for David Gilliland. The deal to move the #88 to Hendrick was negotiated between Robert Yates and Earnhardt’s sister and business manager, Kelley Elledge Earnhardt.(Ford Racing)(9-22-2007)
Rudd Could be Back at Kansas UPDATE: Ricky Rudd says there's a chance he could be back behind the wheel of the #88 Robert Yates Racing by next Sunday's race at Kansas Speedway. "I won't know that until Wednesday," said Rudd, who suffered a dislocated shoulder at California Speedway on Sept. 2. "On a scale of 1-10, the pain was at level 10 (immediately after the accident). Now, it's about a five." Rudd began rehabbing the injury two days after the wreck in what has 900th career Cup start. Kenny Wallace will sub for Rudd for the third consecutive time this weekend. Rudd said it will be easy to know if he's ready to race. "When I can drive with one hand, that being the bad one, I think I'll be ready," said Rudd, who announced earlier this season he would retire from full-time Cup competition at season's end.(USA Today)(9-22-2007) UPDATE: Ricky Rudd was at Dover International Speedway on Friday, but he was not in the #88 Yates Racing Ford Fusion Car of Tomorrow, nor is he expected back in the car for at least two more races. Rudd’s injured shoulder is responding well the therapy and he’s scheduled to have it evaluated again next week in Charlotte, N.C. There’s still pain, however, especially with quick, sudden movement, which can cause brief, but debilitating surges of pain. So it’s Kenny Wallace in the car for the foreseeable future.(Ford Racing)(9-22-2007)
#88 Retires with Robert Yates: Robert Yates confirmed today he is retiring the #88 from Robert Yates Racing (RYR) following the last race of the 2007 Nextel Cup season. He is requesting NASCAR transfer the number to Hendrick Motorsports and Dale Earnhardt, Jr. for use in competition for the 2008 Sprint Cup Series. "Ralph Earnhardt drove the #88 Olds in 1957 and because of this number's history with the Earnhardt family; I felt car #88 should continue with Dale Earnhardt, Jr.," Yates said. "Younger fans don't realize I built cars and raced against Ralph. I also had a very close relationship with Dale Earnhardt, Sr. I'm proud to transfer this number to Dale Jr. and let him know how much I appreciate the friendship and competitive racing I've always enjoyed with his family," Yates continued. Dale Jarrett began driving the #88 Ford Quality Care/Ford Credit Racing Ford in 1996 and promptly won the Daytona 500 in the team's first race. UPS assumed the role of primary sponsorship in 2001 with Ford Credit staying on as an associate sponsor. Jarrett had 29 victories and won, what was then, the Winston Cup championship in 1999. He also finished in the top 10 in points seven consecutive seasons from 1996 through 2002. Ricky Rudd assumed driving duties in 2007, with sponsorship from Snickers. Doug Yates announced two weeks ago, David Gilliland and Travis Kvapil will be the team's drivers in 2008 with sponsorship and car numbers to be announced.(Robert Yates Racing PR)(9-20-2007)
Kenny Wallace back in the #88 at Dover: Kenny Wallace will be driving the #88 Snickers Ford at Dover, Ricky [Rudd] told Friday the team he won't be healed enough by Dover to race. After that it is still a race by race decision, making sure Rudd is healed enough not to put himself in a worse position in case of another accident.(Kennywallace.com)(9-17-2007)
Yates needs sponsors in 2008: Robert Yates Racing [Yates Racing in 2008] needs two new sponsors to replace Snickers on the #88 [with a new car # and Travis Kvapil as the driver] and M&M’s on the #38 of David Gilliland.(SPEEDtv.com)(9-16-2007)
No #25 for Jr. at Hendrick UPDATE: #88? Q) Will The Owner Points For The #5 And #25 Stay In Place Where They Are In 2008?
A) Rick Hendrick: "Yes, they'll stay like they are. Casey will move over to the #5 car and that's the only that will change there and the number will change on the #25."
Q) Do You Already Know What Number and Sponsor Dale Jr. will have and can you reveal it?
A) Rick Hendrick: "It's not going to be the #8. Nor the #25. And the sponsorship, hopefully in the next two weeks we'll be able to announce that and the number at the same time. We hope that's going to be probably something with the #8 [such as 81,58,82,38,28] in it but we really don't even have that locked in right now. That's a true story."(GM Racing PR)(9-8-2007) UPDATE: Hendrick said he'd like to find a number that includes an 8 for Earnhardt, and the team has applied for trademarks on the 28, 38, 51, 58, 81 and 82.(Associated Press), the #28 is new, seems an odd choice...but. AND on Sunday's LTN Hour radio show, Travis Kavapil, who was recently named to run the #88 Yates Racing Ford in 2008, said he didn't know what number the car would be, so that could free up the #88 for Dale Earnhardt Jr.(9-10-2007) UPDATE: Fans who liked watching Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the #8 since he moved to the Nextel Cup series eight years ago will double their pleasure in 2008. Earnhardt will drive two stylized 8s next season for Hendrick Motorsports, sources told ESPN.com on Friday. Robert Yates Racing, sources said, has agreed to sell the #88 that Dale Jarrett drove to the 1999 championship.(ESPN.com)(9-14-2007)
Statement from NHLR on Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing: Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, LLC was excited about its future plans with Robert Yates Racing [#38 and #88] and were quite surprised by the announcement of Robert Yates’ retirement from racing and handing the team over to his son Doug. [They] wish Robert the very best in his retirement. At this time [they] are continuing to explore several exciting opportunities for the 2008 NASCAR season.(NHL Racing site)(9-14-2007)
Kenny back in the #88 at New Hampshire? UPDATE 2: hearing Kenny Wallace will once again sub for Ricky Rudd in the #88 Snickers Ford of Yates Racing. Rudd seperated his shoulder at California and Wallace ran the #88 at Richmond.(9-9-2007) UPDATE: Ricky Rudd plans on letting Robert Yates Racing know later Monday whether or not he will be able to drive this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway. Rudd is scheduled to meet with the Carolina Panthers training staff and re-evaluate his shoulder injury. Kenny Wallace is testing the #88 Snickers Ford Fusion today and tomorrow at Talladega Superspeedway and would once again fill-in for Rudd, if he is unable to compete.(Ford Racing)(9-11-2007) UPDATE 2: The Nextel Cup Series travels New Hampshire International Speedway this weekend for the Sylvania 300. Kenny Wallace will pilot the Snickers Ford for the second week in a row while Ricky Rudd, who normally drives the #88, will not race this weekend as a result of a separated left shoulder injury he sustained at California Speedway. Wallace also went to Talladega Superspeedway this week to test the #88 Snickers Ford for a two day test session with the new Car of Tomorrow chassis which will make its superspeedway debut in October. Wallace’s best finish at New Hampshire is second which he accomplished in 1999.(RYR PR)(9-11-2007)
Kvapil could be in #88 before end of year: Travis Kvapil said many details [of his 2008 ride with Yates Racing in the #88 Ford] are still not finalized. He's uncertain who will sponsor him, but said "it all sounds promising." He hasn't been promised he'll have a ride if sponsorship doesn't materialize, he said. "To be honest with you we haven't even really talked about any of that stuff yet," he said. "I'd hope to think so. It takes a lot of money to run these cars, but we just haven't gotten to that point yet, but I'd like to think with Roush Fenway's marketing we'd be able to swing a couple deals for that car and fund it for a season." But what about now? The current full-time driver in the #88, Ricky Rudd, is week-to-week with a left shoulder separation. He's uncertain whether he'll return. Veteran Kenny Wallace replaced Rudd at Richmond last weekend and finished 28th, but might Kvapil take the seat early, before the end of '07? "I know it's been kicked around. We talked Thursday and Friday about it," he said. "We just don't want to get the cart before the horse going into these next couple of weeks, here. Not sure right now, but we have talked about it." Dover, Kvapil said, presents the lone obstacle. While the Busch and Cup Series are at The Monster Mile, the Craftsman Truck Series is in Las Vegas. With three victories in the past eight races, Kvapil currently ranks third in the 2007 CTS standings. As for next year, Kvapil hopes to run a Busch Series slate to supplement this Cup schedule.(ESPN.com)(9-10-2007)
Yates/Roush alliance could bypass 4-team rule: Roush Fenway Racing officials have been looking for a way around NASCAR's four-car cap rule ever since it was introduced at the end of the 2005 season. Their alliance with Robert Yates Racing appears to be the answer. Roush Fenway Racing, which already shared an engine program with RYR, will expand its relationship in 2008 to include building and selling cars and parts to its fellow Ford partner as well as licensing and marketing. That ultimately will allow Roush after the 2009 season -- the deadline NASCAR has set for it to get to four teams -- to send its fifth car and whatever employees that might go with it to RYR. "That's not part of the deal, but it certainly won't shock anybody here if in two years that's where it goes," Roush Fenway president Geoff Smith said before Saturday night's Nextel Cup race at Richmond International Raceway. "When you shrink an organization like NASCAR is doing to us you end up not being able to promote people because they don't have places to go, so they end up leaving us for somebody else. This gives us a chance to really keep all that training money within our Ford Motor company camp." It also allows Roush to benefit from the sharing of information for basically a seven-car team that could grow to eight. Smith said he and other Roush employees have gone to great length to make sure this alliance falls within the NASCAR rules. "We are not even close to any of the prohibitions that NASCAR got," he said. "We're in another universe. This is a real, careful, safe deal. We're not close to getting near their concerns. Here's the rules. You can't own it, you can't profit share, you can't take prize money and you can't underwrite their loss to shore them up. Those are the core rules. Then they told us about ancillary rules. You can't lease them cars. You've got to sell them cars. All those rules, we're good with that."
Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president for competition, initially avoided the question of whether this is circumventing the rules. "You're starting [something]," he said. "Don't go there on me. I'm telling you, don't go there cause I know what you're starting. Ask a regular question." Asked again if this was Roush's way of circumventing the rules, Pemberton said, "There would be concern if you had everything in one facility. That's why we've gone to the four-car limit. There's business sense in buying cars and going and employing an engineering staff that has the resources that make your teams run better." Pemberton applauded RYR for doing what it can to survive after losing its cornerstone driver, Dale Jarrett, and sponsor UPS this season to Toyota. "Employing the services of a group that's got proper engineering and builds cars is what he needs to do to put him and Doug back running again," he said, referring to RYR owner Doug Yates. But NASCAR officials said Roush still would have to get NASCAR's approval, which it doesn't, before moving a team to Yates. While RYR will be a two-car operation next season, it ultimately could be a four-car team with Roush Fenway Racing having all the knowledge and information sharing from an eight-car team. This also guarantees that RYR doesn't leave Ford for another manufacturer had it been sold.(ESPN.com)(9-9-2007)
Doug Yates to field two Sprint Cup teams in 2008: Doug Yates announced he will field two NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) teams in 2008 with drivers #38-David Gilliland and #88-Travis Kvapil. These teams will be operated under a company called "Yates Racing" which has agreed to acquire operating assets from Robert Yates Racing, including the transfer of car numbers and owner points. The transaction will be effective December 1, 2007. "With this announcement it's clear that the letter of intent with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing will not proceed. We're thankful for their support and would welcome the opportunity to work with them in the future," said Yates Racing CEO Doug Yates. "I am very excited to carry the Yates Racing heritage into the future. I believe I have the experience and understanding of the competition and business requirements that are necessary to be an effective team owner. My first order of business is to revamp our infrastructure into one that can field race teams that can compete successfully with the pre-eminent teams in the sport. I personally think the best business and competitive model in the sport to emulate for long-term success is that of Jack Roush and Roush Fenway Racing, I have gotten to know Jack and his organization very well through our joint engine company and before I undertook this commitment I asked Jack for advice. I am pleased to announce that Yates Racing will have full support from Roush Fenway Racing, including hardware, engineering, marketing and operational practices, by the 2008 Daytona 500, Yates Racing wants to be in an elevated position where we are competing successfully against any race team in the sport. With David, Travis and Roush Fenway Racing, we will continue to work on finding the right sponsor partners to join our programs." Neither Jack Roush, Roush Fenway Racing, John Henry or Fenway Sports Group will have any ownership interest in Yates Racing.(Robert Yates Racing PR)(9-8-2007)
Robert Yates Retiring at end of 2007 season: Robert Yates announced his intention to retire as President of Robert Yates Racing following the last race of the 2007 Nextel Cup season. Certain facets of Robert Yates Racing are being transferred to a new company presided over by Doug Yates. The new entity will be called Yates Racing. Robert Yates Racing will continue with its joint ownership of Roush Yates Racing Engines as well as other ventures. "As many of you know I announced at the Brickyard, earlier this year, my decision to enter into a partnership with Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing", said Robert Yates. "The goal of this partnership was to build a team to contend for the championship. The more I thought about it the more I realized instead this was the perfect opportunity for me to pass the torch to the next generation. I don't know how to express my gratitude to the Newman/Haas/Lanigan group for their support and belief we could get to the top. I'm closing this chapter of my life, and I cannot wait to see what is in store for me next. Carolyn and I look forward to watching Doug build Yates Racing into a championship caliber team".
Since Robert Yates Racing was formed, the now two-car Cup team has posted 57 victories and 48 poles in addition to winning the 1999 NASCAR championship with Dale Jarrett. Current Nextel Cup drivers Ricky Rudd and David Gilliland pilot the No. 88 and No. 38 Ford Fusion's, respectively. On February 11, 2007 at Daytona International Speedway, both of Robert Yates cars qualified on the front row for the Daytona 500. David Gilliland qualified on the pole with Ricky Rudd was alongside in second. Robert Yates Racing also fields the No. 90 Ford Fusion driven by Stephen Leicht in the NASCAR Busch Series. Drivers such as Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, Kenny Irwin, and Elliott Sadler have driven for RYR.(Robert Yates Racing PR)(9-8-2007)
Kvapil to the #88? Restucturing at Yates: Robert Yates Racing is expected to announce a management structure change Friday night that, according to multiple sources close to the situation, will include team owner Robert Yates' retirement. Those same sources say that Travis Kvapil, current driver of Roush Fenway Racing's #6 Ford in the Craftsman Truck Series, will replace Ricky Rudd in the #88 Ford for the 2008 Sprint Cup season. Sources said Doug Yates, Robert's son and the president of the team, will assume the ownership role and preside over the company. Sources also said that Roush Fenway Racing will provide full support to Yates, including licensing, marketing and engineering. It was unknown how this might affect the recently-announced partnership between open wheel team Newman/Haas/Lannigan Racing and Yates. Robert Yates has been a Cup Series owner since 1989. During that time he has established himself as the premier engine builder at NASCAR's highest level and has collected 57 victories.(ESPN.com)(9-7-2007)
Rudd may not race again...but hopes to: #88-Ricky Rudd said Friday that he is not sure whether he'll start another Nextel Cup race. Rudd sustained a separated shoulder during a wreck in Sunday's race at California and will miss the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 on Saturday at Richmond International Raceway. "I don't have an answer for that, it's kind of in the doctor's hands," Rudd said of racing again. "They consider it a level three separated shoulder. When I heard separated shoulder I thought that sounded better than breaking it. But it's not necessarily a good thing. There are torn ligaments and damaged ligaments and stretched ligaments. As far as recovering from the injury, it could be next week or it could be five or six weeks. I hope it's not my last race. I'm not planning on that. We'll just face it one week at a time. Who knows?" If he recovers within six weeks, he could still compete in about five more races. Ten races remain on the Cup schedule following Richmond. But Rudd considers Richmond his home track, and missing Saturday's race is painful. "I'm disappointed that this probably would've been my last Richmond race because I'm stepping out and retiring next year," Rudd said.(Daily Press)(9-7-2007)
Rudd injures shoulder in California crash: UPDATE 3 to miss RIR: Ricky Rudd injured his shoulder in a crash during Sunday night's Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway. After being caught up in a six-car pileup on lap 181 of the 500, Rudd was transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. NASCAR officials confirmed he was treated and released. Rudd, driver of the #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford, separated his left shoulder according to FoxSports.com. NASCAR officials would only confirm that Rudd injured that shoulder.(SceneDaily.com)(9-3-2007) UPDATE: Ricky Rudd, who made his 900th career Cup Series start Sunday at California Speedway, separated his left shoulder and was briefly knocked unconscious in a wicked wreck during the Sharp Aquos 500, the veteran driver told ESPN.com. The shoulder is the major concern, and leaves Rudd concerned about his status for next weekend's Chevy Rock 'n Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway. He said he wouldn't grade his chances of competing as very high.(ESPN.com)(9-3-2007) UPDATE 2a: For the first time in his NASCAR Cup Series career, Ricky Rudd will miss a race because of injury. The left shoulder separation Rudd suffered last Sunday at California Speedway will prevent him from competing in this weekend's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway, the veteran driver told ESPN.com on Tuesday.
The wreck "tore a bunch of ligaments and tendons," Rudd said. "I'm out at Richmond." Rudd will be evaluated on a week-to-week basis to determine his return to competition.
Kenny Wallace will replace Rudd in the #88 Snickers Ford. Rudd said he'll still attend the race to assist in any way possible, including driver/team communication. Rudd, who made his 900th career Cup Series start Sunday at California, separated his left shoulder and was briefly knocked unconscious in a wicked wreck on lap 181 of the Sharp Aquos 500.
The last time Rudd was unable to compete because of injury was early in his career, when he'd only begun dabbling in stock car racing. At the time he was racing motorcycles, and a compound fracture of his arm ended his season. "Yeah, that was the only time and we really didn't have a true schedule, so to answer [the] question, no, I've never had to miss a race due to injury -- until now," Rudd said.(ESPN.com)(9-4-2007) UPDATE 3: Yates Newman Haas Lanigan driver Ricky Rudd will not race this weekend in the Nextel Cup Series at Richmond International Raceway as a result of a separated left shoulder sustained in an accident during Sunday’s race at California Speedway. Team Owner Robert Yates has selected Kenny Wallace to take over driving duties for Rudd this weekend at RIR. Rudd sustained the shoulder injury in a multi-car accident on lap 180 in Sunday’s race at California Speedway, when contact from another car sent the #88 machine into the outside retaining wall of the front stretch. Rudd was treated and released from the Loma Linda University Medical Center on Sunday before returning to Charlotte. After examination on Tuesday by a Charlotte area physician, specializing in shoulder and elbow injuries, it was determined Rudd will not require surgery on his shoulder. In addition to rest, Rudd will begin a rehabilitation program this week in Charlotte. Rudd will receive an evaluation next week to determine if he will be able to return as driver of the #88 for the September 16th race at New Hampshire International Speedway.(Yates Newman Haas Lanigan Racing PR)(9-5-2007)
Kenny Wallace to the #88? Kenny Wallace may return to the NASCAR Cup series next year if a meeting with Robert Yates goes well Sunday in California. "He called me up and said that his brother-in-law told him that the driver he needed to hire was right under his nose - me," Wallace said with his signature laugh. "I told him that the manufacturer wanted me to drive his car last but M&Ms wanted" Ricky Rudd. Wallace said Yates asked him to test the # 88 Ford at Talladega in the near future. "I keep reading that they are considering J.J. Yeley, so we will see what happens," Wallace said. "At least he called me, I didn't call him."(St. Louis Post Dispatch)(9-1-2007)
Yeley to the #88? UPDATE: Ricky Rudd’s announcement this past weekend that he will depart from Robert Yates Racing at the end of the 2007 season has opened the door for JJ Yeley to take over the #88 Ford in 2008. JJ Yeley was recently released from the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy to make room for Kyle Busch in 2008. A team source at the newly formed Yates/ Newman Haas Racing [actually Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing] confirms that ‘all signs point’ to Yeley as their choice to take over the #88 Ford.(Cup Scene Daily)(8-20-2007) UPDATE: #18-J.J. Yeley, Nextel Cup's latest free agent, has said he is in conversation with four teams, which he would not disclose, but Robert Yates Racing [Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing] president Doug Yates is happy to report his team is extremely interested in hiring Yeley. RYR will have a vacancy now that veteran Ricky Rudd has announced he is retiring from full-time Cup racing after this season. #38-David Gilliland also drives for RYR. "We're very interested in J.J.," Yates said Wednesday. "He'd be good for our company. He's very marketable, and he's a pretty good driver. We're talking to him. We are definitely interested." Yates said there is no timetable to get a deal done. He said he is convinced that with the right team chemistry, Yeley can succeed. Yeley currently is 20th in points, while his JGR teammates, Tony Stewart and Denny Hamlin, are firmly in the Chase. "How can you say a guy two years into the sport is not making the cut?" Yates said. "He needs to be with a team that believes in him."(ESPN.com)(8-30-2007)
Rudd to celebrate 900th career start at California: #88-Ricky Rudd, who will step down as a full time driver after the 2007 season, is scheduled to take the green flag for his 900th career Nextel Cup Series start for the Sharp Aquos 500 at California Speedway. Rudd will run a special scheme, the #88 Snickers Generation Max Ford Fusion. “This is a record that just kind of sneaks up on you,” Rudd said regarding his milestone career start. “I started out as one of the youngest guys in this sport and now I’m one of the oldest guys out there still racing. It’s a real honor to be able to have this kind of longevity with a long and fruitful career. I’ve been so lucky to have remained healthy and competitive to have made it to 900 starts, come Labor Day weekend in my Snickers Generation Max Ford Fusion.” Over this week, Mars US will help celebrate Rudd’s accomplishment by highlighting several of Rudd’s most memorable starts since his entrance into the NASCAR community in 1975.(Snickers Racing PR)(8-27-2007)
Rudd not interested in Full-time gig: Ricky Rudd doesn't know exactly what he wants to do in the future, but he knows that it's not racing full time. A few days after announcing plans to leave Robert Yates Racing and retire from full-time racing at the end of this season, Rudd was asked what he's looking for in the future and if he could be lured into racing on a part-time basis. "I'm not looking for anything, to be honest with you," the 50-year-old driver said Tuesday at Michigan International Speedway. "I decided I wanted to call it quits, and the only way I would get out of a rocking chair would be for a limited schedule, competitive, winning operation, ready to go and for some unique situations they needed someone to help fill in the gaps. I've heard mention in the past of taking, like, three senior guys, or maybe two senior guys and a rookie. If that was with the right situation where you weren't committed to running an entire schedule, you can kind of pick and choose your own races, and, again, it was a team that would be running for the full year, I would take a look at that. I'm not out looking for a job right now, and I don't see that happening, to be honest with you." Rudd said he wouldn't want to "look like an idiot" coming back after he said he retired and said that the only way he would even look at the situation would be if he felt it could be competitive and that he could run well. "I think using the word 'retirement' would be the right thing to do, and it would be a rare situation that I would come back," he said. "So I think 'retirement' would be the proper way to list me for next year. Retired."(SceneDaily.com)(8-22-2007)
Marlin in the #78 at Bristol UPDATE and Rudd? Sterling Marlin was at the shop in Denver, CO on Friday to be fitted for the #78 Furniture Row Racing Chevy seat and will run the car at Bristol Motor Speedway next weekend.(FRR site), was also mentioned during SPEED's Cup qualifying coverage that the #78 team will test at Rockingham, NC next week.(8-18-2007) UPDATE: WTVF-TV Nashville reported at 6:00pm/et newscast that Sterling Marlin will drive the #78 Chevy at Bristol, Martinsville, Richmond, Dover and possibly Talladega. Marlin is also negotiating to drive the #78 for about half the 2008 season. The team may also talk to Ricky Rudd to drive the other half of the 2008 season.(WTVF-TV Nashville)(8-21-2007)
Rudd to retire at end of 2007 season: #88-Ricky Rudd says he’ll leave NASCAR Nextel Cup racing after this, his 28th full-time season. The 50-year-old Chesapeake native said Saturday that he’s told car owner Robert Yates he won’t be back and that he has no plans to race full time again. “It’s time. It’s time,’’ Rudd said at Michigan International Speedway. “It’s time for me to step back from the active schedule.’’ At the end of the 2005 season, Rudd said he’d take a break from racing but refused to call it a retirement. Other than filling in for Tony Stewart in one race, Rudd skipped all of last season before returning this year. While Rudd says he’d consider a part-time ride with a strong team, he’s not pursuing such an opportunity. He’s at peace with leaving the series. “As you grow older, your interests change,’’ Rudd said. “I’m not going about it saying I’m scared to death of it. To me, it’s exciting.’’ This has been a tough season for Rudd. He started alongside teammate David Gilliland on the front row for the Daytona 500 but finished 26th. His best finish this season is seventh in the Coca-Cola 600. Rudd enters today’s race 29th in the points. Rudd said he’s not sure what he’ll do. A television career could be a possibility. Rudd said ESPN offered him a job last year, but he declined it because of the travel schedule. If nothing else, he’ll have plenty of time to spend with his wife, Linda, and son, Landon, who turns 13 this month. “It’s not like, 'Oh, man, what am I going to do with my life?’’’ Rudd said. “I’m kind of looking forward to the next chapter. I just don’t know what it is yet.”(Virginian Pilot)(8-19-2007)
EA Sports joins the #88 team at Watkins Glen: The #88 Snickers Ford of Ricky Rudd will have EA Sports and NASCAR 08 as an associate sponsor for this weekend’s Centurion Boats at The Glen at Watkins Glen International.(Snickers Racing PR)(8-8-2007)
Latest on M&M/Snickers leaving Yates rumors: There's been NASCAR garage buzz recently that Mars Inc. Mars Snack Food U.S., the company that produces M& Ms in Hackettstown, is considering leaving Robert Yates Racing. Yates, which fields the Ford that will be driven by David Gilliland on Sunday, has carried the M& Ms brand on the #38 since 2002 [actually started in 2003 with the #38], when Elliott Sadler came on board [in 2003 not 2002]. Sadler left the team after the 22nd race last year. Yates replaced him in the M& Ms car with Gilliland Mars is reportedly still unhappy with the abrupt departure by the popular Sadler. Reports have leaked out that the program is under sponsor review. A recent item on speedtv.com bluntly states that M& Ms will withdraw as a sponsor of the #38 at the end of the year and sister confection Snickers [sponsor of Yates #88 with Rudd] will be moved to another team. Mars media and public relations spokesperson Ryan Bowling addressed the candy question. "Everything you're asking is still pure speculative. If we do decide to go a different route for '08, we'll make that announcement," Bowling said. "Right today nothing's been set in stone." Bowling did not say whether M& Ms would be on the #38 Ford next year. When pressed he admitted that despite the M& M-Yates contract that runs though 2008, there is wiggle room. "You have as a sponsor that you can always evaluate where things are, which is normal for any sponsor, how things are," Bowling said. "M& Ms is still committed to Robert Yates. That's the plan." He added, "I can't give you details on the contract. We're exploring options." Several sources say the M& Ms brand that has been on a NASCAR car since it replaced Mars' Skittles candy on the #36 MB2 Pontiac in the late 1990s will not be on any car next year. "The only thing that's truth at this point is that Snickers expires at the end of this year," Bowling said. The sense in the garage area is the Snickers' sponsorship will move to Ray Evernham's #9 Dodge driven by Kasey Kahne in 2008 [along with another 6 or so rumored sponsors such as Bud, Allstate, Citi Finanacial] An item in Sadler's contract with Yates, however, does not allow him to drive a car sponsored by any of the Mars products before 2008. Bowling insists his company remains behind Yates. "Nothing has been changed. We're still supporting Robert Yates," Bowling said. "Right now our focus is on getting through '07 and not making any announcements if things were to change."(Express Times)(8-2-2007)
Rudd to run Combos at Pocono: This weekend the #88 Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing team and driver Ricky Rudd will be running the bright orange Combos Ford Fusion for the first time this season instead of their traditional Snickers Ford paint scheme in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Combos is the “Official Cheese-Filled Snack” of NASCAR and an associate sponsor on the #88 and #38 cars for the 2007 season. This is the first of two races Rudd will run the Combos Ford this year (Pocono and Martinsville)(Elevation Group PR), see am image of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(8-2-2007)
Bourdais says no to Cup: The partnership of Robert Yates Racing and Champ Car's Newman-Haas-Lanigan Racing, announced Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, led to speculation that three-time Champ Car champion Sebastien Bourdais might be part of the deal. But the Frenchman, who voiced some interest in stock cars after winning an International Race of Champions event in 2005, shot down that notion, at least for now. In San Jose, Calif., for Sunday's Champ Car World Series event, Bourdais told a media gathering that some people are misinterpreting the partnership as the first step in a full-time move to NASCAR by Champ Car's top team. "They're just going to bring some methods and some organization and some knowledge," he said. "It also is completely unrelated to what I will end up doing in the future. So I just think people are getting everything mixed up a little bit." Bourdais has tested with Formula One's Scuderia Toro Rosso team and could be headed there as a replacement for Scott Speed in 2008.(Indianapolis Star)(7-30-2007)
Bourdais to Cup? Gilliland re-signed by RYR for 2008: [Robert] Yates also said that three-time Champ Car series champ Sebastien Bourdais could end up driving for the team [Yates/Newman/Hass/Lanigan Racing]. He could partner with #38-David Gilliland, who just re-signed with the team for 2008. M&M's will not sponsor a car next year, but sister candy Snickers will, but not with Robert Yates. Snickers will not sponsor [Elliott] Sadler next year because of contractual restrictions in place from when Sadler left Yates last year, but could be in play on Kasey Kahne's car. Citifinancial [RYR #90 Busch Series team sponsor] is expected to announce its plans soon and is looking at several drivers, including Sadler.(FoxSports/Tom Jensen) AND St. Petersburg's Sebastien Bourdais lobbied hard for a shot in NASCAR after winning the second of his three Champ Car titles in 2005. If he still wants it, the chance may be there. Bourdais' Champ Car team, Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing, announced a partnership with NASCAR's Robert Yates Racing on Friday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. After a news conference, two of the principals - Carl Haas and Doug Yates - said they're interested in bringing Bourdais to Nextel Cup. The problem is Bourdais may be on the verge of signing with Formula One's Scuderia Toro Russo team, for whom he has tested three times. However, Bourdais has said in the past he only wants to go to Formula One if he can sign with a competitive team, and Toro Rosso is one of the worst. Additionally, the 28-year-old Frenchman has been intrigued by NASCAR since beating some of stock car racing's best in an IROC race at Texas a few years ago. Haas, who begins his third stint as a NASCAR team owner, said there have been discussions with Bourdais about moving to NASCAR.(Tampa Tribune)(7-28-2007)
Robert Yates Racing and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Join Forces: Robert Yates Racing (RYR) and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing (NHLR) have entered into a letter of intent for a partnership in NASCAR’s Nextel Cup and Busch Series. The team will be named Yates/Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing effective immediately. “This is a wonderful partnership,” said Robert Yates, founder of Robert Yates Racing. “This gives us a clear vision how to get to the top. It is our goal to continue to build so this team will be better positioned to contend for the championship.”
“I am very proud of our accomplishments in the Champ Car World Series and hope we can have the same success in NASCAR,” added Carl A. Haas, who has been a team owner in NASCAR’s Cup series on two previous occasions. “We have been looking to add other forms of racing to our Champ Car program and when the opportunity came along to work with Robert Yates Racing, a team that shares the same drive for success that we do, it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I think that the NASCAR and Champ Car programs can learn something from each other and only enhance the championship level that Robert Yates Racing and Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing have competed at in previous years.”
“We have always been an engineering driven team,” said Paul Newman, a partner in Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. “We think we have something special to add to the benefit of both. This in no way lessens our commitment to open wheel racing -- we want to broaden our horizons.”
“The opportunity of joining Robert and Doug Yates is an opportunity of a lifetime,” added Michael Lanigan, a new partner in Newman/Haas/Lanigan Racing. “The Yates family has been competing against the best and winning for many years. We look forward to a long and productive association.”
Since Robert Yates Racing was formed in 1988, the now two-car team has posted 57 victories and 48 poles in addition to winning the 1999 NASCAR championship with Dale Jarrett. Current Nextel Cup drivers Ricky Rudd and David Gilliland pilot the #88 and #38 Ford Fusion’s, respectively. The agreement also includes RYR’s Busch program with Stephen Leicht, driver of the No. 90 Ford Fusion. Drivers such as Davey Allison, Ernie Irvan, Dale Jarrett, Ricky Rudd, Kenny Irwin, Elliott Sadler and David Gilliland have driven for RYR. RYR and NHR/NHLR have had close ties with Ford Motor Company for many years. RYR has been powered by Ford all 20 seasons. Of NHR/NHLR’s 101 wins and 103 poles, 55 of each have been earned with Ford power. In addition, four of their seven titles were powered by Ford (1993 – Nigel Mansell; 2004-2006 – Sebastien Bourdais).
“NASCAR Nextel Cup racing is rapidly moving, technology-wise, to engineering areas that Newman/Haas/Lanigan has years of experience with already,” said Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology. “And Robert Yates Racing brings years of engine development and race craft in the sport that is invaluable to this operation. Put that expertise together, along with joint ownership that is clearly committed to winning, and we have a Ford program that will be a contender for years to come."(RYR PR)(7-29-2007)
RYR to merge with Newman-Haas: Robert Yates Racing and Newman-Haas Racing will reveal on Friday its plans to merge, a source close to the situation confirmed to ESPN.com. A formal news conference has been set for that afternoon at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Actor Paul Newman, an avid racer and long-time team owner in open-wheel racing, and partner Carl Haas own the team currently leading the Champ Car series with driver Sebastien Bourdais, a three-time champion in the series. Yates last month at New Hampshire International said he had personally abandoned pursuit of a business partner, saying he had no debts and didn't need to get into a more pressure-packed situation answering to a partner's business demands. He did, however, say he would allow a head-hunting firm continue to look in that area. Like Robert Yates Racing, Newman-Haas has had deep ties with Ford.(ESPN.com)(7-25-2007)
New York Investor still looking at teams after RYR turns them down: Now that Robert Yates Racing has formally turned down New York investment banking firm Medallion Financial Corp.’s offer to buy into the team, Medallion is looking for one or more other Cup teams to align with, multiple sources in the Nextel Cup garage have confirmed. Medallion is the leading financier of taxicab medallions in New York City, which sell for about $225,000 apiece in today’s market. Three other investment-banking firms, one each in New York, Dallas and Southern California are also looking at NASCAR possibilites.(Ford Racing)(7-15-2007)
RYR presents check to Charlotte Police: A local race team said thank you Tuesday to the men and women in blue with a check honoring two slain Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officers. NASCAR team owner Robert Yates remembers the pain of losing a close friend. His son, Doug, grew up with CMPD Officer John Burnette, who was killed in the line of duty on 1993 with fellow Officer Anthony Nobles. At that time, Yates and his team donated $50,000 to the department's police benevolent fund. "I have a lot of respect for police officers," Yates said. And that respect motivated him to do it again. This time the team donated $40,000 in honor of Officers Sean Clark and Jeff Shelton, who were shot and killed earlier this year while responding to a call. We're fortunate we get to do what we love doing – racing,” Doug Yates said. “With M&M and Ford sponsoring us, we want to give back and that's why we're here." Trisha Norket, the mother of John Burnette, knows firsthand how much it hurts to lose a loved one. She says she's thankful for the donation in her son's honor 14 years ago and she knows the widows of Clark and Shelton are just as thankful now. “I always try to remember what would they have us to do and I have to believe in my heart that Jeff and Sean would say, ‘make this contribution to the police benevolent fund to help my brothers and sisters that are still here,’" she said. The police benevolent fund helps various departments within department.(News 14 Carolina). The donation is to help build the Shelton-Clark Memorial.(7-11-2007)
Pedigree colors for Rudd at Chicago: The #88 team and driver Ricky Rudd will be running the bright yellow Pedigree Brand Food for Dogs Ford Fusion instead of their traditional Snickers Ford paint scheme. The team will also be using the same chassis which they ran at Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600 earlier in the season where they had a season-best seventh-place finish. Crew Chief Butch Hylton hails from Rockford, Illinois where he grew up in the backyard of Rockford Speedway.(Elevation Group/Pedigree Racing PR) see an image of the car on my #88 Team Schemes page.(7-10-2007)
Double M&M's schemes at Daytona: Robert Yates Racing teammates' #38-David Gilliland and #88-Ricky Rudd will be running special M&M's paint schemes in Saturday's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Gilliland and Team 38 welcome the return of a fan-favorite special paint scheme, the M&M'S Red, White and Blue Ford in recognition of the Fourth of July holiday. Rudd will also exchange his Snickers colors to sport the standard M&M'S scheme on his #88 Ford as the two teams unite under one brand for the race.(M&M's Motorsports PR)(7-6-2007)
New York Investors Looking for Cup Teams: The buzz in the garage in New Hampshire is that at least two New York-based investment banking firms have been making the rounds among Nextel Cup teams, looking to invest in one or more teams, eventually taking a race team public with a stock offering. So far, there have been no takers among the NASCAR team owners. At least one of the investment firms has talked with multiple teams in the garage, including Robert Yates Racing [#38 & #88], Dale Earnhardt, Inc. [#1, #8, #15] and Roush Fenway Racing [#6, #16, #17, #26, #99], multiple sources said. The idea has been for the companies to make cash investments of upwards of $50 million in a team and then at some point sell their interests, perhaps by public stock offering. “We looked at their business plan and it didn’t make sense to us,” said Roush Fenway Racing President Geoff Smith, who confirmed his team had been contacted by a New York-based investment fund that he did not identify by name. Robert Yates talked extensively with the potential investors and reached the same conclusion. “You sit in a room with about 20 bankers and you spend about 18 hours in there with them and you realize that they didn’t contribute anything to the gross national product except maybe going to the bathroom,” said Yates, who also has entertained merger and/or partnership offers from Dale Earnhardt, Inc., Robby Gordon Motorsports and Hall of Fame Racing, among others, before deciding to go it alone. Another team principal who spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday morning at New Hampshire, said the team he works with was approached by investors, but chose not to get involved with them, either. “They had a ton of money, but they didn’t know anything at all about racing,” he said, adding the team was not in need of a cash infusion and would only consider an outside investor if that investor could add significant value to the team.(SPEEDtv.com)(7-2-2007)
Yates Won't Sell Team: Robert Yates [#38 & #88] has broken off discussions with potential investors into Robert Yates Racing and will remain independent, focusing his efforts on improving the team's performance. And if he's not successful at the task, Yates could step away from the sport entirely, the car owner said Saturday morning at New Hampshire. "I pretty much sent a letter to everybody and said right now I'm not interested in selling or anybody investing," Yates said prior to Happy Hour practice. "I'm just going to try and focus on performance. … I'm pretty much really tired of spending too much time working on something that doesn't benefit anything. … Right now, the thing I don't need is money. The thing I need is performance, and I haven't found a person to bring me performance. That's what I'm looking for, just trying to focus on doing what I'm doing." And that means no co-owner, outside partner or investor, at least for now.(SPEEDtv.com)(6-30-2007)
Rudd undecided on 2008 plans: #88-Ricky Rudd on if he'll return next season: "I think until we see some good things happen on the race track because the [Robert Yates Racing] team has gotten stronger, I don't think ... it's time to talk about next year.''(Roanoke Times)(6-20-2007)
Yates interested in Kyle Busch...and Kurt too: UPDATE: Add Robert Yates Racing [#38 and #88] to the list of teams interested in signing Kyle Busch to drive next season. "I've sent word through his agent [that I would like to talk to him]," RYR co-owner Robert Yates said on Thursday during a Ford function. "I'm very interested." Said Yates' son, Doug, "He would look good in a Ford." RYR not only wants Kyle, but his brother #2-Kurt. But Kurt Busch has three years remaining on his deal with Penske Racing, and according to his agent has no plans to leave. "That's flattering," said Kurt's agent, John Caponigro. "He's locked in at Penske. He's doing fine. He's looking forward to making the Chase this year and having lot of success at Penske Racing." Kyle became available on Wednesday when it was announced that Dale Earnhardt Jr. was signed to replace him at Hendrick Motorsports next season and that the 22-year-old Busch has been given his release from the final year of his deal in 2008. Bruce Kempton, who represents Kyle, said he's heard from just about every organization in the Nextel Cup garage. He said there had been no contact with RYR, but that his client was willing to listen to anyone. Among the teams other than RYR that have expressed an interest in Kyle are the Chevrolet teams of Dale Earnhardt Inc. and Ginn Racing. While Busch has driven Chevrolets since he left Ford's Roush Racing after the 2001 Truck Series season, he is not married to the manufacturer.(ESPN.com).(6-15-2007) UPDATE: Robert Yates Racing [#38 & #88] co-owner Doug Yates wants Kyle Busch in his team's fold, but that might not be the next addition to the team. When asked if the Yates family was close to adding a partner/investor, Doug Yates said: "Yeah. It won't be long." The new investor is not expected to have control of the team, which will still be run by Doug and his father, Robert, according to sources familiar with the situation.(SceneDaily.com)(6-16-2007)
Rudd to Enter Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame: #88-Ricky Rudd and Save Mart Supermarkets chairman and CEO Bob Piccinini will be honored during the Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend by being inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame. Rudd, considered one of the best road-course drivers in NASCAR history, is a two-time winner at Infineon Raceway and he has also sat on the pole four times. He won the inaugural race at then-Sears Point Raceway in 1989, edging Rusty Wallace by a scant .05 seconds, which is still a track record. Piccinini and Rudd will be inducted into the Infineon Raceway Wall of Fame on Friday, June 22, at 10:30am/et. Race fans are invited to attend the ceremony, which will be held in the Wine Country Winner's Circle. Piccinini, whose Modesto-based grocery chain has been associated with Infineon Raceway since 1992, has played a critical role in the growth of the Nextel Cup Series, not only at Infineon Raceway, but throughout all of Northern California.(Infineon Raceway PR)(6-12-2007)
Rudd and Gilliland to visit home of M&M's: On Thursday, June 7th, #88-Ricky Rudd and #38-David Gilliland will visit the Masterfoods USA headquarters in Hackettstown, NJ where M&M’s® are produced. They will be joined by the crew members of both teams and will tour the facility as well as meet with associates at the plant.(RYR PR) - cool place, Jayski lived in Hacketstown from 89-91, in the apts right accross the street from the plant, smelled like chocolate quite a bit.(6-7-2007)
RYR site returns: after months of fielding questions about what happened to the Robert Yates Racing [#38, #88], have an answer....it's back...at ryr.com. Been told It should be fully functional in the next few days.(6-1-2007)
RYR re-signs with Ford for 5 years UPDATE: Robert Yates has signed a five-year extension with the Ford, he told ESPN.com today. There will be a formal announcement on Friday at Dover International Raceway. "What it says to me is that Ford intends to win on Sundays and Mondays, and they're committed," Yates said. "We're happy they're happy with us. It's nice we have signed the thing." This ends any speculation that Robert Yates Racing was looking elsewhere [rumors with DEI/Chevy, and also Toyota]. What the five-year deal offers Yates is some stability and credibility as he continues talks with potential business partners. "The fact is, it's organizational racing now and not individual racing," Yates said. "We have been talking to different people and they ask, 'What manufacturer are you with? How strong is that? How long term is it?' [This contract] puts a lot to bed. We have a good relationship with Ford, and we continue to." Clearly, Yates is upbeat about the future. He said his team is financially healthy with "zero debt and quite a lot of money in the bank," he said. "I'm OK, but what I want to do is race and win," Yates said. There was a much-publicized flirtation between Robert Yates Racing and Dale Earnhardt Inc., about a month ago, but there was an obvious conflict -- Yates had always been a Ford devotee, and DEI owner Teresa Earnhardt has made it clear she has deep Chevrolet ties she is unlikely to break.(ESPN.com)(5-31-2007) UPDATE: Ford Racing Technology announced today that it has re-signed Robert Yates Racing to a contract that will keep the family-owned team sporting the blue oval for at least the next five years. “Robert Yates Racing is synonymous with Ford,” said Dan Davis, director, Ford Racing Technology. “We’ve celebrated the joy of winning races and championships with them, in addition to feeling the frustration that this sport can dish out. The main thing is that we’ve gone through all of those times together as loyal partners. We’re thrilled to have this deal behind us and now we can look forward to continuing getting Robert and his team back among the NASCAR elite.”
The agreement continues a 19-year relationship that began when Yates became a car owner in 1988. Since then, his teams have won 57 Nextel Cup Series races, including the Daytona 500 three times, and one series championship in 1999. “We’re talking to sponsors and they want to know what product and what kind of support we get from our manufacturer, so this is huge. This deal is important because it plays a big role in what you’re doing to improve your operation,” said Robert Yates.(Ford Racing)(6-1-2007)
Toyota: Gibbs? Penske merge with Waltrip? Yates? Toyota, sources said, has approached the Gibbs team with a proposal to leave Chevrolet, which would give it #20-Tony Stewart, #11-Denny Hamlin and #18-J.J. Yeley. Gibbs’ management doesn’t appear to be that interested, but the offer hasn’t been rejected, according to team sources. Penske [#2, #12], who has been with just about every manufacturer in racing over the years and who is one of the world’s biggest Toyota dealers, could be making the move to Toyota for next year. According to sources close to the situation, Penske could be looking at a merger with Michael Waltrip’s struggling Toyota operation. And there is speculation that Robert and Doug Yates [#38, #88] may be willing to listen to Toyota offers, even though they have long-standing ties with Ford.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-31-2007)
RYR gets engineer back, forming test team: Long-time team engineer Kevin Buskirk returned to the Robert Yates Racing [#38, #88] fold last week after a stint at Richard Childress Racing and will play a key role in getting the team back up to speed. Also in the works is a dedicated RYR test team, which should be especially beneficial in helping the team catch up in Car of Tomorrow races.(SPEEDtv.com)(5-20-2007)
Dark scheme for Rudd at LMS: The #88 team which normally runs the Snickers Ford will be racing a Snickers Dark paint scheme for Saturday night’s race and in the Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway.(Snickers Dark Racing PR), see an image on the #88 Team Schemes page.(5-17-2007)
DEI/RYR possible merger 'different' now: Doug Yates, co-owner of Robert Yates Racing, said talks about a merger or partnership with Dale Earnhardt Inc. are part of just once scenario his team is considering. “We’re trying to do whatever we can do to get our team as strong as we can get it, so we’ve looked at a lot of situations, DEI being one of them,” Yates said. “They’ve talked to us and we’ve talked to them, plus there is other stuff. We haven’t gotten anywhere with that in particular. Actually, we’re getting really close to some things that we think are going to help our team take that next step and make it strong for a long time to come. Hopefully, we can put some of that stuff together.” Yates said this week’s announcement that Dale Earnhardt Jr. will leave DEI at season’s end changes that potential equation. “I think looking at DEI without Dale Jr. is a different situation,” Yates said. “It doesn’t mean that it’s any better or any worse, it’s just different. ...I think it’s going to take a little while for everybody to realize how big a move that was for the sport and what that means to the sport and what that means to DEI and Dale Jr. going forward.” Yates said that his team is committed to running Fords and he does not see that changing. If DEI would not shift from Chevrolets, he said that “is a deal breaker, I would guess.”(Thatsracin)(5-12-2007)
Earnhardt Jr.: 'We'll be driving Chevys' UPDATE: #8-Dale Earnhardt Jr. nearly started laughing Friday and said, 'Nah,' when asked if it was really possible he could drive a Ford next season. Dale Earnarhdt Inc., which is in negotiations with Earnhardt Jr. for a contract extension and also must sign a new dale with Chevrolet, has had preliminary talks with other manufacturers and also has talked about a possible merger with Robert Yates Racing. But Earnhardt Jr. couldn't see himself driving anything but a Chevy. As part of his negotiations with DEI, he wants majority ownership of the team. "We'll be driving Chevys, I'll promise you that," Earnhardt Jr. said following qualifying Friday for the Crown Royal/Jim Stewart 400.(SceneDaily.com)(5-5-2007) UPDATE: The latest on the Dale Earnhardt Jr. saga: The “Robert Yates” NASCAR brand will remain a Ford brand, even in any merger with Dale Earnhardt Inc., according to sources familiar with the Yates-DEI negotiations. However Earnhardt, who has been the heart of DEI, insisted he will be in Chevrolets again next season, no matter what. Those two facts make the DEI-Yates negotiations peculiar, particularly since Earnhardt has been negotiating a new contract with DEI owner Teresa Earnhardt, with Dale Earnhardt Jr. demanding controlling interest in DEI. If DEI officials are negotiating a possible switch to Ford, then Earnhardt would clearly appear to be not involved with those talks. Which would mean if Yates and DEI do come to terms, it would almost certainly be a Yates-DEI merger without Earnhardt in the mix. There has been rampant speculation the past few days that Earnhardt may be moving to either Richard Childress’ Chevy team or Rick Hendrick’s Chevy team.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-7-2007)
Borland released by MWR #44 team: Michael Waltrip Racing and #44-Dale Jarrett's crew chief Matt Borland have parted ways. "Dale Jarrett wasn't happy, UPS wasn't happy, and we had to do something immediately," Waltrip said. "Originally, we had hoped that Matt Borland would take the role as the technical director, but he wasn't ready to come off the road. We need a technical director down the road, but it wasn't going to help us this weekend." Jason Burdett, formerly the co-crew chief of the #88 car at Robert Yates Racing, left Yates on Wednesday and will eventually be the #44 crew chief. Waltrip wanted to give Burdett time to get acclimated to the system at Michael Waltrip Racing before he jumped into that role. Burdett worked with Jarrett last year. This weekend at Richmond, Derrick Finley will be the #44 crew chief. Finley started the season at Bill Davis Racing as the crew chief on Jeremy Mayfield's #36 car. After leaving BDR, he became the crew chief and then lead engineer on Waltrip's #55 car and is already familiar with the operations at MWR.(FoxSports)(5-3-2007)
Pedigree on te #88 at RIR; Buddy Parrott to spot: This weekend the #88 team and driver Ricky Rudd will be running the bright yellow Pedigree Brand Food for Dogs Ford Fusion instead of their normal Snickers Ford. Legendary Crew Chief Buddy Parrott will be spotting for the #88 team this weekend in Richmond. Parrott replaces Jon Wolfe who is now serving as Car Chief for the #88 Pedigree Ford. Also on Thursday, May 3rd, Rudd and his family will attend Virginia’s Royal Welcome event commemorating the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown. The event will take place at the Capitol Square in downtown Richmond and her majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be the guest of honor. Rudd was inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame last weekend and was named Virginian of the Year in 2006. (Snickers Racing PR)(5-2-2007)
Ford Racing Aware of DEI-RYR Merger Talk: In response to media reports from this past weekend, Ford Racing confirmed it is fully aware of merger talks that have taken place between Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI) and Robert Yates Racing (RYR) officials. “Ford is fully committed to Robert Yates Racing for the long-term, and they have assured us that are similarly committed to Ford,” said Kevin Kennedy, Ford Racing Technology Communications Manager. “Robert and Doug have been in contact with Ford about the nature of the discussions. We have a valued partnership with them, and they are keeping us informed of those discussions like a true partner would.
We fully expect they will remain with Ford for many, many years.” Robert Yates Racing and Ford have a relationship that goes back to the formation of the race team in the late 1980s, and Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing Technology, has repeatedly stated that the manufacturer is fully committed to bringing RYR back to the top of the field. Media reports this past weekend also stated that Ford had been in discussions with DEI about a switch from Chevrolet to Ford for the 2008 season. Davis has repeatedly said that Ford is interested in adding championship-level teams to its Cup roster. “We definitely have been talking with DEI. Truthfully, we’ve been having informal talks with them for several years,” said Kennedy. “We have not yet made a formal offer to them, but we know that their GM contract is up at the end of the year. We had some discussions with them, and we’ve made it clear that we’d love to have them in our program.”(Ford Racing)(5-1-2007)
DEI to buy RYR? UPDATE 4: It was reported on SPEED's NASCAR Raceday that Dale Earnhardt Inc (DEI) is interested in buying Robert Yates Racing (RYR) and RYR is interested in joining forces with DEI. It was also reported that the teams would end up being in the Chevy camp.(4-29-2007) UPDATE: In attempts to strengthen its teams and expand to four cars, Dale Earnhardt Inc. [#'s 1,8,15] has had preliminary discussions with Robert Yates Racing [#38, #88] about a partnership, as well as Ford Motor Company and another manufacturer, DEI executive team member John Story confirmed Sunday morning. While the company also is in the midst of contract negotiations with NASCAR's most popular driver, Dale Earnhardt Jr., DEI is working toward trying to solidify its future. That means getting the finances and the technological support it needs from a manufacturer and working toward fielding a fourth team by 2008 or 2009, said Story, who oversees sales, marketing and communications activities at DEI. What would be more startling would be the potential move to Ford or another manufacturer considering Chevrolet's long relationship with team founder Dale Earnhardt. The Chevrolet deal is not contingent on Earnhardt Jr. remaining at DEI, Story said. Yates said his team would remain Ford. Story said that talks with Yates could continue even if DEI remains with Chevrolet.(in part from SceneDaily.com)(4-29-2007) UPDATE 2: With Robert Yates Racing and Dale Earnhardt, Inc. discussing a potential merger, how would that affect Yates-Roush Engines, which makes the motors that power all of the Ford NASCAR Nextel Cup teams? RYR co-owner Doug Yates was adamant that his team will not switch to Chevrolet power no matter what, and Roush Fenway Racing President Geoff Smith said he hopes any deal will build up the Ford NASCAR Nextel Cup effort. “We’re aware that he’s marketing his teams,” Smith said of Robert Yates prior to Sunday’s Talladega race. “We have a joint engine business that’s affected by the number of customers that we have. We want to see the Ford number of teams remain at least at its current level for the benefit of the engine business and for the competitive benefit for Ford Motor Co.”(SPEEDtv.com)(4-30-2007) UPDATE 3: Dale Earnhardt, Inc., [DEI] will move to four Nextel Cup Series teams by 2009, be it through the acquisition of another team or the addition of a fourth team in-house, team executive John Story said Sunday at Talladega Superspeedway. Story said DEI has been in discussions with Robert Yates Racing for four-to-six weeks about a partnership, but cautioned that those talks are preliminary and that no documentation has been exchanged between the teams. If DEI were to acquire Yates, one of the two teams would have to forsake its manufacturer. Yates, a Ford flagship team for nearly two decades, would move to Chevrolet; or DEI, whose founder, Dale Earnhardt, won seven championships in Chevrolets, would move to Ford. "The only proposal we have right now for a manufacturer next year is from Chevrolet," Story said. "Teresa [Earnhardt] has been tremendously loyal to Chevrolet for a lot of years. We've had some conversation with a couple other manufacturers. They've called to inquire what our contract situation was. We told them, in fairness, we are going to sit down and exhaust our options with Chevrolet first, and if the opportunity came up we'd talk to somebody else. We haven't seen anything in writing from anybody else." RYR president Doug Yates said they'd rather stay in Fords, and that Ford Racing officials see a DEI merger as a way to get Ford back to prominence in Nextel Cup. But he didn't rule out a manufacturer switch. How this impacts Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s contract negotiations isn't known, but Story said a deal with Ford and RYR isn't contingent on Earnhardt Jr. staying at DEI. Earnhardt Jr. wants controlling interest in DEI, but Chevrolet officials want to keep him.(ESPN.com)(4-30-2007) UPDATE 4 Toyota denies talks: Toyota’s Lee White says his company was not involved in any talks with DEI: “We have not had any conversations with Dale Earnhardt Jr. “There is a tremendous amount of both equity and liability involved with Dale Earnhardt Incorporated and Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet has such equity built into Dale Earnhardt Jr. and that particular race team - that equity is great for the bigger picture and the health of our sport. Right now Toyota is not ready to take on the liability that would come with that scenario.”(Winston Salem Journal)(4-30-2007)
Rudd to move into 2nd place in all-time starts: By starting Sunday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Superspeedway, #88-Ricky Rudd will have his 884th start and become second on the all-time list of career starts. Richard Petty is the leader on the all-time starts list with 1,184 starts and will now be followed by Rudd with 884, and then Dave Marcis with 883. Rudd will be inducted into the Virginia
Sports Hall of Fame on Saturday, April 28th. Rudd has 58 starts at Talladega which is more than any other active driver.(Snickers Racing PR)(4-25-2007)
Rudd to tie Marcis for 2nd all-time starts: #88-Ricky Rudd is currently one start shy of tying Dave Marcis’ record for career
starts. Rudd has 882 career starts placing him third on the all-time list of drivers behind Richard Petty (1,184 starts) and Dave Marcis (883 starts).(Eleviation Group PR)(4-18-2007)
Yates and NFL Owner to team up? UPDATE denied: Robert Yates [team owner #38, #88] is reported to be looking at a possible deal with the NFL's New England Patriots, run by Robert Kraft. The Kraft family is considered one of the most powerful families in Boston, and Robert Kraft is listed by Forbes as worth $1.1 billion, putting him No. 698 in the world.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-16-2007) UPDATE: ESPN2's NASCAR Now's Angelique S. Chengelis reported on Tuesday show that she talked to the New England Patriots spokesman Stacy James who said there is no truth to the rumor and news to Bob Kraft.(4-18-2007)
Rudd to be honored: Chesapeake VA native #88-Ricky Rudd will be inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame later this month, something he said is a little intimidating. "I'm honored to have the chance to go into a big, famous sports hall of fame," Rudd said. "It's more of a stick and ball sports state, there's just a few guys in motorsports in there. I'm looking forward to it, and it's something I hold in high regard."(Richmond Times Dispatch). The ceremony is scheduled for April 28 at Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel and Waterfront Conference Center.(4-4-2007)
Yates also looking for a financial partner: Add Robert Yates Racing to the ever-expanding list of Nextel Cup Series owners actively courting investment partners. RYR president Doug Yates said Saturday that he and his father have been pursing investors for six months. They've gotten some inquiries but nothing solid, Yates said. Among those investors with which Yates has spoken are the Maloof brothers, owners of the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise and the Palms Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. "We talked to them last year," Yates said. "Nice group of guys. Nice family. But they felt like, at the time, they were focused on their business. They have a lot of businesses, so that's a name that's come around. But there are a lot of people out there interested. We know how popular the sport is and people from the outside can look and see, 'Hey, this has some value.'" Yates said the most viable method for Nextel Cup teams to hold value is franchising, and feels it's time NASCAR implemented a franchise system. "At some point, I think NASCAR has got to start looking at franchises, and making these teams worth something," Yates said. "Right now it's a shame -- [a team] goes from something to nothing really quick. It's not really fair to the people who have helped grow the sport." Richard Childress was the first owner to sell a stake of his team to an investment group, and the performance of his team has improved tremendously since. Next up was Jack Roush, who made a high-profile sale of 50 percent his team to Boston Red Sox owner John Henry's Fenway Sports Group. Ray Evernham is searching for an investment partner and Petty said Friday at Martinsville Speedway that Petty Enterprises is, too.(ESPN.com)(3-31-2007)
Rudd to run Pedigree scheme at Bristol: This weekend the Nextel Cup Series travels to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Food City 500 and it will mark a series of firsts for the #88 team. NASCAR’s Car of Tomorrow will make its racing debut providing a true test as to how the newly redesigned body styles will handle the pressures of race day. Sunday will also mark the first time the #88 team has run a special paint scheme for the 2007 season. Instead of the normal Snickers Racing scheme, the team will be running a bright yellow Pedigree Brand Food for Dogs Ford Fusion.(elevationgrp/Snickers Racing PR), no images of the scheme..yet.(3-21-2007)
Yates still sees challenges in Unleaded Fuel usage: Doug Yates [#38, #88 Roberts Yates Racing Fords] has had a chance to pull apart and examine the engines from the first two races in the unleaded era, and he sees some challenges ahead. In fact, Yates said, his engines came within, say, 10 laps of wholesale failure in unleaded's debut at California. "We came back from Fontana and every engine we had was almost broken," said Yates, chief of Roush-Yates Engines, which produces all motors for Ford's NASCAR fleet. "Some were broken and just didn't fail on the track. The 21 car [Ken Schrader/Wood Brothers] broke. #99-Carl Edwards's engine was broken and he didn't even know it. It must have broken coming to the checkered flag or on the way to the garage. "I've talked to the other engine builders in the garage, and they say this is a way bigger challenge than we all thought it was going to be." NASCAR has used unleaded gas in the Craftsman Truck and Busch Series for a few years [actually started in 2006]. It decreed last year that unleaded would become the mandate beginning at California this year. The California and Las Vegas races were the laboratories. Yates said he saw few problems with valves and valve seats, which had been thought to be most vulnerable with the new fuel. Lead has lubricating properties, and unleaded fuel deprives the engine of much of that inherent lubricity. But it goes much deeper than that. "What people don't understand is anything you change in these engines is a big deal," Yates explained. "I'm getting tired of hearing people on TV saying, 'Oh, it's just unleaded fuel.' It's a very hard change for the engine guys. The initial thing was valves and valve seats; that continues to be a problem. But what people don't understand is they reduced the octane from 112 to 98. Whenever you reduce octane, the fuel burns faster, so now you're microwelding rings, breaking pistons, having [fuel] distribution issues. It used to be when you lowered the octane, you lowered the compression. Well, obviously in racing, you're not going to lower the compression, so the tuning of the engine is probably the toughest thing." Doug, son of legendary team owner Robert Yates, studied engineering at North Carolina State, and he admits the change to unleaded has been a major mental puzzle. "I should have gone for my master's," he said with a smile.(source: Ford Racing site)(3-18-2007)
Yates to turn over Cup team to son Doug in 2008: Robert Yates [owner of #38 & #88 teams in Cup] plans to turn over the running of his Nextel Cup organization to his son, Doug, after this season. This will be Yates' 40th season in the industry since beginning with Holman-Moody in 1967. "We're giving it a shot so this year I can quit while I'm ahead," Yates said on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. "Hopefully, I can quit and get in the rocking chair and watch Doug do what he's going to do for the next 20 years." Yates added that Jack Roush's decision to sell 50% of Roush Racing to John Henry and Fenway Sports Group in Boston -- an official announcement will be made Wednesday -- will only strengthen the engine program he shares with Roush. Yates said he will own 50% of the engine program, with Roush and Fenway Sports Group getting 25% each.(ESPN.com)(2-11-2007)
Rudd helps out Gilliland at Daytona testing: #88-Ricky Rudd was a surprise visitor to Daytona International Speedway, today. He ran last week’s NASCAR test with Robert Yates Racing, then returned to help teammate #38-David Gilliland learn his way around the 2.5-mile track. Rudd, a 23-time Cup winner, is back for his second stint with RYR after sitting out last season. He and Gilliland took turns in Gilliland’s #38 M&Ms Ford Fusion, each running a few laps before huddling over computers to compare notes and analyze data. It was a classic case of a graying veteran with 108 combined DIS starts helping a newbie whose next speedway start will be his first. “I’m here to offer help and advice, but mostly to give drafting help,” Rudd said. “The 500 will be his first start here, and drafting’s awfully important. David won the pole last fall at Talladega, so he can get around big tracks. But Daytona changes so much during runs. He’s got to decide if he wants the car a little snug or a little loose, and I think I can help with that.” Rudd, who turned 50 years old last fall, is impressed by his 30-year-old teammate. “He’s going to be awfully good,’’ he said of Gilliland. “Some people might think Robert took a chance because David’s gotten in some wrecks and all. But he’s fast, and I’d rather have someone who’s fast. You can always calm them down, but you can’t always make them fast.” Rudd has already helped smooth Gilliland’s learning curve. Specifically, he showed his teammate that, yes, DIS is bumpy and, no, it’s not just you and, yes, this line is better than that one. “You can tell in a rental car that the track’s bumpy,’’ Gilliland said, “but never having raced here, I didn’t know if it was me or our car or the lines I was taking. Ricky drove my car for a while, then came back and said, ‘No, the car definitely needs to go over the bumps better.’ That’s something I wouldn’t have known without him being here. “As a guy coming here for the first time, there’s nothing I’d rather have more than a teammate with that many starts. He’s already helped me a lot, and I look forward to working with him everywhere we go. He’s been there for any questions, so I’ll lean on him as much as I can. All the little suggestions he’s made will add up to a lot.’’(Ford Racing)(1-17-2007)
Rudd to run #88 for RYR: Sources close to Robert Yates Racing told ESPN.com Wednesday that Ricky Rudd's Snickers Ford will carry the #88 in 2007. An announcement is expected as soon as this weekend, one source said. Since the mid-December announcement that Rudd would return to Nextel Cup Series racing following a year layoff, considerable speculation has centered on what number his RYR Ford would carry. Team officials were undecided and a bit evasive during a conference call following the announcement, leading many to speculate the number would switch to# 28 -- the number carried by Yates' first-ever Cup Series entry from its inception through 2003, when the car was switched to #38. Asked his preference, Rudd said he'd take the #28, which he drove for Yates from 2000-2002, posting three wins and 34 top-five finishes. But he'll get the #88, a decision made based on a 2002 agreement between RYR and Texaco/Havoline, sources said. The agreement, sources said, was that RYR could keep the #28 when Texaco left for Chip Ganassi Racing [#42 Dodge], but that Yates would wait several years to run the number. Yates and Masterfoods -- Snickers' parent company -- wanted to run the #28, but couldn't reach the required agreement with Texaco to do so, sources said.(ESPN.com)(1-3-2007)
Rudd/Yates announcement today? UPDATE 4 It's Official. Previously paired for the 2000-2002 seasons, Ricky Rudd and Robert Yates Racing on Monday will announce the driver and car owner will again become an item for the 2007 NASCAR Nextel Cup season. Rudd will take over the driving duties vacated by 1999 Cup champ Dale Jarrett at the end of the 2006 season, joining David Gilliland, who will drive the #38 M&M's RYR Ford.(Motorsport.com), rumors have the #88 using the #28 that was previously used by Yates and Rudd and the Mar's Company as the sponsor with other brands being used such as Snickers, Pedigree and Combos on the car.(12-18-2006) UPDATE: no announcement on Monday, Dec 18th.(12-19-2006) UPDATE 2: been told there will be no announcement until after the holidays....also the RYR website is down and has been down for a few weeks, no idea why or what it means.(12-20-2006) UPDATE 3: Masterfoods USA announced it will sponsor a second entry with Robert Yates Racing in 2007 with Snickers Brand as the primary sponsor. Veteran driver Ricky Rudd will return to RYR to drive after a one-year break from competition. Joining Snickers to support the program are Pedigree Brand Food for Dogs and Combos Brand Snacks. Each will hold the primary sponsor position on the second car for a combined seven events during the 2007 season. Additionally, Masterfoods’ brands Twix, Milky Way, Skittles and Starburst will serve as associate sponsors on Rudd’s Ford during the 36-race schedule.(Elevation Group PR)(12-21-2006). No mention of a car number. UPDATE 4 - car number: Rudd will pilot a Yates Ford Fusion in 2007, with sponsorship from Masterfoods USA. The primary Masterfoods brand on Rudd’s car will be Snickers, which will sponsor the car for 29 races, with Masterfoods’ Pedigree Brand Food for Dogs and Combos Brand Snacks combining to sponsor the car for seven races. Car owner Robert Yates said he has not yet decided whether the Snickers car will carry the #28 or #88. An announcement on that will be expected soon, though Yates hinted the #28 might carry the day, which Rudd said would be fine with him. “From a driver’s standpoint, I was always proud to drive the #28 because of the history of the car,” Rudd said. … I guess if I had a preference, I’d take the #28.”(Ford Racing)(12-24-2006)
Rudd/Gilliland tested for RYR? been told that David Gilliland and Ricky Rudd tested the COT [Car of Tomorrow] last week at Greenville-Pickens Speedway in Greenville, SC for Robert Yates Racing. Gilliland is, of course, the driver of RYR's #38 M&M's Ford and Rudd is being heavily rumored to be taking over the #88 Ford [Snickers? renumbered to #28?] in 2007.(12-21-2006)
More on Sauter to the #88, or will it be Rudd? UPDATE Rudd and #28?: The stars appear to have lined up perfectly for Johnny Sauter to drive Robert Yates Racing's #88 Ford Fusion in the Nextel Cup Series next season. Sauter has the inside track to the only car without a driver in the top 35 in the Nextel Cup owner points, guaranteeing a position in the Daytona 500 and the next four races in 2007. Yates is also talking to Ricky Rudd, who doesn't want to compete full time. Unless Yates can induce the 50-year-old Rudd into changing his mind -- and it seems unlikely -- the #88 belongs to Sauter. They're the only two drivers under consideration.(CNNSI)(11-25-2006) UPDATE: Ricky Rudd will join Robert Yates Racing, driving the #28 Mars Company [was #88] sponsored Ford, replacing Dale Jarrett [who drove the #88 UPS Ford, now going to MWR in the #44 UPS Toyota]. Butch Hylton will continue in his role as the Yates #28/88 team's crew chief.(Sporting News)(12-10-2006)
#88 has a 2007 sponsor, could be a Mars brand UPDATE 2 BUT Haas plans to run 2nd team with Sauter: Robert Yates said Friday morning that he's secured sponsorship for his #88 team and that Robert Yates Racing will again field two full-time Nextel Cup Series teams in 2007. A driver for the team has yet to be secured, and the sponsorship agreement hasn't been signed, but Yates said everything is in order. Several sources indicate Mars, which sponsors the #38 via its M&Ms brand, will also sponsor the #88, possibly with another of its brands. David Gilliland will drive the #38 Cup car next year, with Stephen Leicht running the #90 RYR entry full time in the Busch Series. While Doug Yates is listed as the team's co-owner, Yates made it clear there wouldn't be any additional owners outside of the family.(SceneDaily.com)(11-17-2006) UPDATE: hearing Johnny Sauter [currently #00 Busch car] could be the driver for the #88 car.(11-18-2006) UPDATE 2 BUT: Haas CNC Racing team manager Bill Ingle said Sunday that the team would expand to field two full-time Nextel Cup Series cas next season. Hass currently fields the #66 Chevy with Jeff Green. Next year, the team will field the #70 as well, with Johnny Sauter expected to be the driver. Sauter is rumored to be the first choice of Robert Yates Racing for its #88 car, but Ingle said all his conversations with Sauter lead him to believe the driver is staying. Either way, he said adding a second team is imperative.
The plan is for Harold Holly to remain as Green's crew chief, with Robert "Bootie" Barker remaining with Sauter.(SceneDaily.com)(11-19-2006)
Associate sponsors for Yates: freecreditreport.com and McDonald's, Team Rensi's Busch sponsors, will be on Robert Yates Racing's Nextel Cup #38 and #88 cars as associates sponsors in 2007.(SceneDaily.com)(11-19-2006)
Final start in the #88 for Jarrett; then surgery next week: Dale Jarrett will be making his final start for Robert Yates Racing in the #88 UPS Ford this Sunday at Homestead. Jarrett’s best finish at Homestead is a fifth-place finish – scored during his championship winning season of 1999. Only seven Nextel Cup Series events have been run at Homestead and Jarrett has been running at the conclusion of all seven races. He has completed 1,856 of the 1,873 laps run at Homestead for a lap completion rate of 99%. Following the season finale in Homestead, Jarrett will travel to Baltimore, Md., where he is scheduled to have surgery on his left hand on Tuesday, November 21. Jarrett suffered a slight fracture in his left hand as a result of the accident he was in at Infineon Raceway in June. His hand has never healed correctly and he will be having corrective surgery next week.(RYR PR)(11-15-2006)
DEI not purchasing RYR: Dale Earnhardt Inc. Vice President Richie Gilmore disputed reports that his company could be buying all or part of Robert Yates Racing. During the race weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, DEI Technical Director Steve Hmiel confirmed that the company was in discussions concerning a purchase of at least part of RYR. He said the company could purchase RYR's shop and equipment, but that it could also acquire the #88 team and its owner points. The owner points could be transferred to the third DEI team of Paul Menard. On Tuesday, though, Gilmore said that the story had grown out of proportion. "Stories definitely grow in the sport and maybe it's a slow time of the year with the Chase not being quite as tight as it should be," Gilmore said. "It's one of them stories that grew. I told [DEI team owner] Teresa [Earnhardt], maybe if Teresa was going to go get a cup of coffee at 8 o'clock in the morning, by noontime around here she's going to buy a Starbucks. So I think the story kind of grew that way. It grew legs for sure. When asked if there was anything to the reports that DEI could be considering purchasing all or part of the team, Gilmore's answer was succinct. "No," he said. At Phoenix, when asked about the situation, team owner Robert Yates didn't deny he was in talks with DEI and said he planned to tell the #88 team its fate before this weekend's race at Homestead. The #88 has no driver and no sponsor for 2007 since Dale Jarrett and UPS are moving over to the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota team.(SceneDaily.com)(11-15-2006)
Villeneuve interested in #88 ride: Sources tell [MRN] Sirius Speedway that Villeneuve’s representatives have also been burning up the telephone lines to Robert Yates Racing, which has yet to name a driver for its #88 Ford next season. However, speculation in the Nextel Cup garage says Yates may actually be negotiating to sell the #88 half of his operation to Dale Earnhardt, Inc.(Motorsports Soapbox)(11-14-2006)
Yates decsion by Homestead; team with DEI? UPDATE: Robert Yates said Saturday that the fate of his #88 team will be known prior to heading to Homestead, Fla., next week for the Nextel Cup season finale. While Yates would provide no specifics, Dale Earnhardt Inc.'s Steve Hmiel said there have been negotiations between the two entities. The negotiations have centered on DEI's purchasing the team's shop and equipment, as DEI has long been looking for a way to expand its capacity. The team will begin fielding a third full-time Nextel Cup Series team when Paul Menard moves to Cup next season. Hmiel said the negotiations have not involved simply buying the rights to the #88, which would bring with it the owner points earned by Dale Jarrett this season. If, however, DEI bought the shop and equipment, with Yates fielding only the #38 on his own, DEI could acquire the #88's owner points as part of a larger purchase. "If we can have more capacity, the number would be a bonus," Hmiel said at Phoenix International Raceway. "We've heard Team Red Bull has made an offer to buy the number, but we're not looking to buy just the number." A number of obstacles remain, as RYR fields Fords and DEI runs Chevrolets, so it would have to be determined whether the shop was split into two separate entities; or whether RYR ran on its own or struck a deal with another Ford operation, perhaps Wood Brothers Racing. That would leave Robert Yates Racing with just the #38 team next season. RYR has fielded two teams on a full-time basis since 1996, but is losing both driver Dale Jarrett and sponsor UPS from its #88 after the season. Yates systematically danced around the issue on Saturday, saying only that he had four options to consider. Talk in the garage is that a decision by Yates must come by Tuesday. Yates said fielding just one car is an option, especially after crew chief Todd Parrott reminded Yates that he once fielded his two cars out of separate shops. And whether or not a deal is struck with DEI, Yates said he'll still be in the sport next year with the #38 team and driver David Gilliland.(SceneDaily.com)(11-12-2006) UPDATE: Car owner Robert Yates has offered more details concerning the make-up of RYR in 2007 and it’s appears it will still be a two-car operation. Reports Saturday indicated several teams were interested in purchasing the #88 operation and its owner points. However, just prior to Sunday's green flag at Phoenix Yates said “I actually have looked at that but what’s on the horizon, and is here now, I don’t think that’s gonna be the deal. It’s gonna be more expanding instead of getting rid of anything. I need to know and everybody will know as soon as we can get it all figured out but it looks pretty good right now.” While a decision could be reached this coming Tuesday, Yates said “Everybody needs to know where they’re headed when they come home from Homestead. That’s out agenda and I think we can meet that timeline. The facts are we’re gonna run a really good positive 38 team. We also have an opportunity to run a very good 88 team, and we’re still looking at opportunities of maybe growing it on into the bigger full scope of four teams.”(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(11-12-2006)
Yates doing better: Robert Yates was back in the Nextel Cup garage at Texas Motor Speedway on Saturday, a weekend after health concerns kept him home from the Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta. Instead of being at the track, Yates made a pair of hospital visits back in North Carolina, being treated for stress. "I don't think I stress, but other people think I do," Yates said Saturday. "Some medication fixed me up, I just needed some help last week. I had a little similar deal about a year-and-a-half ago. Really the same thing and the same [medication] cured it. Maybe I learned and won't let it get back in that situation. I feel good now, but I had a couple of rough days." After his first trip to the hospital, Yates doesn't even remember leaving to return home. That experience really caught his attention. "I went back as soon as I woke up - I didn't want to die at home, so I went back," Yates said. "I drove to the hospital twice and they kept sending me home. But then when I got back the second time, I had a hard time getting out. I had to go find the doctors [via phone] at the soccer field somewhere to get out of there on Saturday. But I feel good now. I was planning on going to Atlanta; I wanted to go because I felt like our cars were going to run good, and they did. But I had to take care of my system and I think I've got that straightened out."(SceneDaily.com)(11-6-2006)
Latest on the #88 Sponsor situation: As for the Robert Yates Racing's #88 Ford Fusion, [team owner Robert] Yates insists it will race next year, with a sponsor announcement likely by the season-ending race in two weeks at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The car owner hinted strongly that he’s looking at a novel approach to multiple primary sponsors for the #88: One primary for the first half of the season, another for the second half. “I’ve finally got some choices to where we’ll be able to run the car and run it well and run it with good sponsorship,” Yates said. “We’ve got a couple of different scenarios and I’ve got to make a decision pretty quick.” Regarding the driver for the #88, Yates said he has several good ones to choose from. The only hold up now is getting the sponsor(s) inked on the dotted line.(Ford Racing)(11-5-2006)
Special scheme for Jarrett at Texas: As Dale Jarrett races around the 1.5-mile oval of Texas Motor Speedway (TMS) this Sunday, he'll take pride that his newly designed ride is going to benefit children all around the country, starting in Texas. Dale's #88 The UPS Store/Toys for Tots Ford will sport a specially designed paint scheme, created by 12-year old California native, Annabelle Huffman, during the UPS Store's annual "Design Dale's Ride" coloring contest. The appearance of the specialty paint scheme at TMS will officially kick off The UPS Store's Toys for Tots donation drive this holiday season. Fans are asked to bring one new, wrapped toy to the speedway and deliver it to one of several on-site drop off points. Annabelle Huffman will look like a hero to 30 of her closest friends while cheering along the UPS Store/Toys for Tots Ford from her home in Napa Valley, CA, and you can be a hero in your community by contributing this year to the Toys for Tots toy drive.(PR), see an image of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(11-4-2006)
#88 RYR team close to a sponsor deal: Doug Yates, the co-owner of Robert Yates Racing, said he's "really close'' to a sponsorship deal for the #88 next season. There have been reports that RYR might field only one car in 2007, but Yates said the plan is to remain a two-car team.(NASCAR.com)(10-22-22006)
New Jarrett/UPS Car Number to be announced UPDATE 2 will be #44, see images: What number will Dale Jarrett’s UPS Toyota Camry carry during the 2007 Nextel Cup Series season? That question will be answered Friday, October 20th at 10:00am/et, on the UPS Racing web site, www.racing.ups.com. The UPS Racing program will have a new home, new manufacturer and new look for the 2007 season. It was announced in July that UPS will join driver Dale Jarrett at Michael Waltrip Racing, adorning the hood of a Nextel Cup Series Toyota Camry beginning at Daytona International Speedway in February. The number of that car, along with the paint scheme, will be unveiled at www.racing.ups.com this Friday.(PR), rumored car numbers are #44 and #50.(10-19-2006) UPDATE: the number will be #44 and some images have filtered out. To see images of the scheme, see my 2007 Cup Schemes page.(10-20-2006) UPDATE 2: A new team, a new manufacturer and a new car number equate to a fresh new look for UPS Racing in 2007. The upcoming season of competition in the Nextel Cup Series will be the start of a new chapter in the book of UPS Racing and driver Dale Jarrett. The #44 UPS Toyota Camry will debut in the Budweiser Shootout in February. The car will break out with a splash with a new paint scheme designed for the 2007 season and UPS's maiden voyage with Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR). The most obvious change is the new number - #44 - adorning Dale Jarrett's UPS ride. In most cases, a new team means a new number. In this case, the management of MWR wished to create symmetry with its three cars, as Jarrett's teammates will compete with double digit numbers as well. Michael Waltrip will drive the #55 NAPA Camry and Nextel Cup Series rookie contender David Reutimann will drive the #00 car sponsored by Domino's and Burger King. Present on the UPS Camry are the everlasting colors of brown, white and gold as well as the now familiar red and orange that have come to be a part of the UPS paint schemes during the course of the last couple NASCAR seasons. The design features lightning bolts that start at the nose of the car, jolt along the passenger and driver sides of the car and continue to the rear quarter panels. The lightning bolts stretch from the inside corner of each headlight sticker and continue beyond the wheel well on both sides of the car. A total of four lightning bolts hug the sides of the UPS Camry - each a different color of gold, red, brown and orange. The #44 is planted at the forefront of the lightning bolts in the same UPS orange color used in the orange lightning bolt. The result is an eye-catching transition of color that creates the illusion of speed. And speed on the track is just what Dale Jarrett hopes to generate in his #44 UPS Toyota Camry in 2007.(UPS Site), to see images of the scheme, see my 2007 Cup Schemes page.(10-20-2006)
Biffle to RYR? There’s talk that Roush Racing and Robert Yates Racing might create a new team for Greg Biffle. The team would be Robert Yates’ third and would reduce to four the number of full-schedule Cup teams owned by Jack Roush.(Ford Racing)(10-14-2006)
Ford to help out RYR: Ford director of racing technology Dan Davis said Friday that his company will do everything possible to help Robert Yates Racing regain its competitive footing after two woeful seasons that included the defections of drivers Elliott Sadler and Dale Jarrett. That help will include, he said, finding a sponsor to assure that the #88 Ford will return even though Jarrett took the powerful UPS account with him to Michael Waltrip Racing. "I've told Robert, 'I will do anything in my power to develop whatever you need,' " he said. "It's a struggle for him at the moment." Davis said there was nothing Ford could do about some defections, such as Mark Martin, when owners such as Bobby Ginn are willing to pay an enormous salary for a part-time driver. Martin will contest 20 points races for MB2 Motorsports next year. "It's all about compensation," Davis said. "I'm saying maybe that's happened to one of my friends. Eventually everyone looks at this and says, 'Damn, this is really quite an offer. And you know what? I really have a lot of loyalty and I have a lot of this and I have a lot of friends and I owe my career to somebody and I'm torn on this because of that, but damn. Damn.' And I think we get to that point when you have new manufacturers in the mix. You have new owners in the mix, you have new sponsors in the mix that are willing to upset the norm in terms of compensation." Davis confirmed driver/owner Robby Gordon will switch from Chevrolet to Ford for next season. "He's excited about coming in because he knows the motor program is really good," Davis said. "The chassis are really good, the bodies are really good. He can concentrate on race craft and getting the team working well."(St Petersburg Times)(10-14-2006)
More Villeneuve Rumors...Roush discussions, Yates? Rumors have been circulating for weeks that Jacques Villeneuve, a former F1 champion is ready to give stock cars a try. The Villeneuve story heated up with news that the Canadian driver has been in contact with Roush Racing. Asked if the 35-year-old Villeneuve could be in a Roush entry in 2007, team owner Jack Roush said, "That's a possibility. I know we're in discussions. He came to see us in Detroit and he's been in Charlotte and had discussions around our program and what he can do and the rate of which he could get up to speed, if he's got the stomach for it, and if we can find the sponsorship for it, that's certainly a possibility." Efforts to reach Villeneuve and his agent, Craig Pollock, for comment were not successful. The Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport reported earlier this week that Villeneuve already has signed a deal with Roush Racing and will move back to Canada from his current base in Europe. When contacted by ESPN, Roush Racing said the story is not true and that Villeneuve has not signed with them. There were reports Friday that Villeneuve has also been in contact with Robert Yates Racing about the opening in the #88 Ford. Dale Jarrett will leave Yates at the end of the season for a ride with Michael Waltrip's new Toyota team. But Yates officials were not available for comment.(ESPN.com/AP), see the initial rumors and more on the Drivers Looking/Rumored page.(10-7-2006)
Yates still looking for a sponsor for the #88 in 2007: With an ongoing sponsorship search that's been "tougher than expected," Robert Yates Racing co-owner Doug Yates said it's "time to go" where RYR's #88 team is concerned. Yates hopes to have something locked down within several weeks, but can't begin serious talks with a driver to replace Dale Jarrett until securing a sponsor to replace outgoing UPS. "We all know it's tough; $15 million sponsors aren't just laying around every corner," Yates said Friday at Kansas Speedway. "We see how some teams have to piece things together to get to a full season. That's not our first wish, of course, but we'll see how it goes." While a sponsor will look to the team for input, Yates said the sponsor will have the greatest role in choosing the team's next driver. A veteran would be preferable to pair with David Gilliland but Yates said a younger driver could also work if it goes that way. "We would prefer a veteran because we need that balance," Yates said. " But on the other hand, you look at it and say you need to build on something, too. It's really a tough call. You want to build for your future, but you also want to get your program back to where it needs to be. There's a lot of things up in the air and it's been tough." Gilliland has struggled since replacing Elliott Sadler in the #38 car last month at Michigan. Yates, though, knew patience would be required for a driver with only limited Busch Series experience. "The bright part is he is very fast and qualifies well and you can see the speed. The downside is we don't need to tear up equipment," Yates said. "That's tough. When you wreck cars it's hard to build on it. You kind of know that going in with somebody and we've got a steep learning curve. We knew when we got together and made this that we're going to have our challenges. But the part that keeps me very excited is you see the speed in him and you see the potential there and you look at the other guys that have come before him and where they're at today."(SceneDaily.com)(10-1-2006)
RYR one car team in 2007? UPDATE 2 Nope..looks like Martin; BUT can't run both?.... Robert Yates Racing co-owner Doug Yates told reporters in Richmond, Va., his team could shrink from two cars to one if sponsorship isn't found for its #88 [currently driven by Dale Jarrett with UPS as the sponsor](USA Today sidebar)(9-15-2006) UPDATE: Despite recent dire predictions that he may have to shutter his #88 Ford team next year for lack of a sponsor, car owner Robert Yates told SPEEDTV.com on Saturday that he’s close to inking a deal for next season — and he hopes the driver of the #88 in 2007 will be Mark Martin. “From my side, we’re getting pretty optimistic,” Yates said following “Happy Hour” practice for the Sylvania 300 NASCAR Nextel Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway. “We’re given and getting some good (sponsor) opportunities … I think it’s going to happen, and I’m anxious and I’m happy that we’re getting the cars better. … I think it’s all going to end up on the positive. I think I may have a job for a while longer.” Last week at Richmond, Yates said he might have to close the #88 team down next year, because he didn’t have a sponsor, but events of the last few days have changed his mind about 2007. Asked if things had changed in the last week, Yates said, “Big time,” adding, “I turned upbeat this week.” Asked how close he was to a sponsor deal, Yates said, “It could happen this week. The sooner, the better, but I want to make sure we get our cars right. We’re gaining on that quite a bit. It needs to happen. Right now, I’m very optimistic that we’ll be in good shape and good to go for another season.” The team owner said he wanted a veteran driver and that could mean Mark Martin, who Yates’s son, Doug, has talked to about moving over from Roush Racing. “I know Doug has talked to him … he’s interested,” said Yates. “That’s the feedback I get. I haven’t talked one on one with him.” Martin said Friday he hadn’t talked to Yates but left the door open for options outside of Roush next year.(Speedtv.com)(9-16-2006) UPDATE 2 - can't do Cup full-time? Roush Racing president Geoff Smith said Mark Martin's Truck Series contract that is in the final stages of preparation will not allow him to run a full Nextel Cup schedule in 2007. "You can't do both," Smith said emphatically before Sunday's Cup race at New Hampshire International Speedway. Smith said Martin's best option for a partial Cup schedule if that's what he desires will be in the #60 team that Roush Racing manages with Boris Said. He smiled when told that Robert Yates continues to put Martin on his wish list to drive the #88 next season.(NASCAR.com)(9-18-2006)
Martin says he will NOT drive the #6 in 2007 UPDATE 2 to the #88? UPDATE 3 Denied....MORE: Mark Martin on Friday said that he will not drive the #6 Roush Racing Ford in 2007. "I'm not worried about next year, but I will tell you this: there never has been -- ever -- a consideration for me to drive the 6 car in 2007," Martin said. "Everybody's in this frenzy about what I'm going to do in 2007 -- it's just not important right now," Martin said. "What's here in front of me is what's important to me. I've tried to help these guys and keep the ship on track, and if we don't produce then so be it. I've never once this year thought or considered driving it again in '07. I've driven it 19 years. That's enough for the 6 car and me."(see full report at NASCAR.com)(9-1-2006) UPDATE: #6-Mark Martin's farewell tour will be extended yet another year when he drives the #88 Ford next year for Robert Yates Racing. Martin originally said last year would be his final as a full-time driver in the Nextel Cup Series, but he changed his mind to return to his familiar #6 Ford at Roush Racing this season. Now it appears he will keep going, but for a new team. Three different sources close to Ford Racing said Martin will take over for Dale Jarrett at Yates after Jarrett moves into a new Toyota Camry at Michael Waltrip Racing in 2007, Morris News Service has learned. Martin said Friday he won't drive the #6 Ford at Roush next year - a ride he's had since the 1988 season - and most people believed that meant he finally planned to start his planned retirement. Robby Gordon confirmed this week he attempted to buy half of Robert Yates Racing recently, but the deal apparently fell through in the last couple weeks. Sources close to Yates confirmed Sunday that Martin - apparently with support of Jack Roush - also tried to buy Yates during the summer. Negotiations went so far that Yates had an inventory completed to show the exact worth of his racing operation. Robert Yates Racing said they would make an announcement on a new driver in about a week. They've already hinted it would be a veteran racer.(Athens Banner-Herald)(9-5-2006) UPDATE 2 - sponsors: hearing McDonald's and Citi-Financial will be the sponsors for Martin and the #88 Ford in 2007, not sure if as co-primaries or some other arrangement.(9-6-2006) UPDATE 3: Benny Ertel, who is Mark Martin's business manager, went Internet surfing Wednesday morning and found some interesting "fiction" on various racing Web sites. The stories indicated Martin would be buying into Robert Yates Racing and the veteran would drive the #88 Ford, which will be abandoned by Dale Jarrett at season's end. "Wishful thinking," Ertel said. "I read that online. There's no truth to it. I can't say Robert wouldn't want Mark in his car. They may come at him hard when we get to Richmond. I don't know. I know we haven't talked to Robert Yates; (or) to my knowledge, nobody at Yates Racing."(Daytona Beach News-Journal)(9-7-2006) UPDATE 4: Robert Yates Racing co-owner Doug Yates says he hasn't talked with Mark Martin, but he certainly would like to have him in the team's #88 Ford next season. But first he needs to land sponsorship for the team. Yates admitted that courting a driver at this point would be "putting the cart before the horse." He expects to finalize sponsorship plans for the team in the next three to four weeks. Yates was then asked if the #88 would definitely be back next season. "Well, I hope so," he said after a pause. "That's our plan." [Yates] did say, though, that with sponsorship approval he'd be very interested in [Martin]. He also said the team would be interested in Ricky Rudd. Martin says he'd like to compete with a 12-race limited schedule in 2007. Yates said any partial or full-time driver decisions would be made by the future sponsor. Yates added that it makes sense to have a rookie driver with one team and a veteran in the other car.(SceneDaily.com)(9-9-2006) UPDATE 5: Mark Martin, Ricky Rudd and Ward Burton are the top choices of Robert Yates Racing to drive the #88 Ford opposite rookie David Gilliland in 2007. "We really want a veteran driver to work with David," Doug Yates, the co-owner of RYR, said.(NASCAR.com)(9-9-2006)
Jarrett to race #88 UPS Freight Car at Richmond: Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team will race its first special paint scheme of the 2006 Nextel Cup Series season on behalf of sponsor UPS, who will be rolling out the #88 UPS Freight Ford Fusion for Saturday night's Chevy Rock & Roll 400 event in Richmond. In an effort to expand its service portfolio by offering a variety of less-than-truckload (LTL) and truckload services (TL) for customers in North America, UPS acquired Overnite Transportation Company in 2005, which immediately positioned UPS as a top LTL carrier in the United States. "This is probably one of the best examples of UPS utilizing this sponsorship to promote the different businesses in which they're involved," said Dale Jarrett, driver of the UPS Ford. "They have always done the best job of using this race program to create brand awareness." To celebrate the occasion, Jarrett will make an appearance at the UPS Freight headquarters on Wednesday, September 6th. Jarrett will assist UPS Freight employees in kicking off this year's United Way campaign.(UPS PR), see a image of the scheme on the #88 Team Schemes page.(9-6-2006)
Robby DID try to buy into RYR: from PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show:
#7 car owner-driver Robby Gordon says he came close on two occasions to a 50-50 partnership with Robert Yates Racing. "I was going to buy Yates. Yes we were. We had funding and sponsorship in place for the 88 car.We have our car funded for the seven car. I wanted to buy half of his two cars. That was the deal that was proposed, so whatever you hear on the other side of the street, I wasn't going
to do it unless I could own half of those two cars."
So is any deal with RYR dead in the water? "Before Indianapolis it was dead and then after Indianapolis it was alive and today it's dead so who knows where that is or what's going to happen. It's unfortunate that it's dead because I think I could have been a good coach for the two younger drivers they're going to have in their cars because to date I don't know what they're going to have for experience showing up at the Daytona 500."
What killed the deal? "I don't know.We agreed on everything and the day it was supposed to be done it just didn't happen. I got a call from Robert's attorney that we're (Robert Yates Racing) isn't going to do the deal tomorrow. So it was like, huh? Okay."
It's also unclear as to which manufacturer Gordon will partner with in 2007. "I have had a great relationshp with Chevrolet...obviously I've had past relationships with Ford. Chevrolet has done a great job. They have the best teams in the sport. I can say from a business side right now that with a little bit of luck and to say if we improve as much in 2007 as much as we did in 2006. I could become the second Ford team pretty easy. For me to become the second Chevrolet team we have a lot of work to do. It's really going to come down to who is willing to give us the most amount of resources. We have enough money to race right now...we need more technical support."(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show), see the past rumors about this on my #7 Team News and Links page.(9-1-2006)
Leicht not moving to Cup in 2007: [#38/88 Team Owner] Doug Yates says that 19-year-old Stephen Leicht will remain in the Busch series next season. Leicht made his Cup debut for Robert Yates Racing at Pocono, finishing 36th. He failed to qualify at Indianapolis. He's competed in 12 Busch series races with one top-10 finish. "Stephen is not ready for Cup,'' said Yates, RYR's co-owner. "The guy is 19 years old. He needs some time. He's going to be a great driver.'' Leicht's sponsor, CitiFinanical, also will remain, Yates said. Yates says the team hopes to either find a sponsor and driver for next season or merge with an existing team. One option might be Mark Martin, who has expressed an interest to run at least some Cup races next year.(Roanoke Times)(8-27-2006)
More on the rumored RYR/RGM buyout/merger RUMOR: [see the original rumor below] While Doug Yates spent the week denying a report that his Robert Yates Racing organization had been sold, he's not ruling out allowing someone to merge with his company to help it expand.
Robby Gordon Motorsports officials have not denied that their company is speaking with RYR, among others, about forming some sort of partnership for the future. As a single-car operation, Gordon's team is at a disadvantage in the Nextel Cup garage. RYR team co-owner Doug Yates said that no deal had been made or would be made to sell his team, he paused noticeably when asked to clarify as to whether there was the possibility that a portion of his organizaion could merge with another. Asked to specify whether he could rule out selling part of his program, Yates defined how difficult the situation is for a two-car team trying to compete with larger programs. If, and Yates heavily emphasized the if, he did alter the structure of his team, the plan would be to expand immediately.(in part from SceneDaily.com) AND more from Ford Racing PR at the Yates/Gilliland quotes: DOUG YATES, continued - IS YOUR TEAM CONSIDERING ALIGNING WITH SOMEONE? IS THAT WHAT IT'S GOING TO TAKE TO COMPETE? "There's no doubt that you have to grow to be to that level. NASCAR set the limit at four times, that's what was out there and if you're going to compete, you've need the resources of four teams. I think we all agree on that. How you get there is things we've been kicking around. It's tough to grow, it's tough to find great sponsors like M&M's. They're just not around every corner, so how do you do that? We've been exploring opportunities and that's some of the things that are swirling. Robby's [Gordon] not buying our whole place [never reported that here], I want to put that to rest. Man, you guys caused us a lot of pain, I'll tell you that. That Jayski guy is killing me. I want to tell you something: If you guys weren't talking about us, I'd really be worried. Because the reason you guys are talking about us is because you expect more of us, and I appreciate that. And we are determined to get back to where you can say some good things about us when we get there."
YOU MENTIONED ROBBY'S NOT BUYING "THE WHOLE THING." IS THERE A SENSE THAT THERE MIGHT BE A PART OF IT THERE? "We're looking for opportunities to grow our business. We have to make smart decisions for the future. My dad is at the point in his career where if he's making every decision of every day he wants to pass the torch off. And I've got a lot of responsibilities on my shoulders. Sometimes you need some energy to help you get there. So, we're going to see how things shape up and make the best decision for our organization, our people, to get a chance to get our cars in victory lane. That is the goal. How you get there, those are
tough decisions. But the goal is to get our organization back where we can win the Brickyard, we can win the Daytona 500, we can have four teams that are competing at a very high level every week. That's a tough 'how to we get there?' And that's what we're looking for."(Ford Racing PR)(8-19-2006)
Robby buying RYR? UPDATE Denied: The LTN Radio Network has learned that Robby Gordon has purchased Robert Yates Racing, #88 and #38 Cup teams and #90 Busch Series team to be effective this week. The Yates-Roush engine program is not included in the sale. No word on the status of the contracts between RYR and sponsors M&M/Mars and Citifinancial, and how they will be affected by the sale.(LTN Radio Network), if this is true... UPDATE: a representative from Robert Yates Racing says this is NOT True and will not happen, denying that Yates is selling to Robby Gordon. UPDATE 2: A report that Robby Gordon Motorsports [RGM] has purchased Robert Yates Racing's Cup and Busch Series teams was denied by officials with RGM Tuesday. But, John Story, CEO of Robby Gordon Motorsports, said the two teams have spoken about a possible merger of some sort. "As Robby stated several months ago, we have talked to a number of people both in and out of NASCAR about expanding, with the ultimate goal of fielding a championship-caliber team," Story said. "To be competitive in NASCAR's Cup series today, you've got to have multiple teams. So, yes, we've spoken [to RYR officials], but we've spoken with other people also. "That any sort of deal has been completed between the two teams is completely erroneous." According to the Internet story posted by the LTN Radio Network, the purchase of RYR by Robby Gordon Motorsports would be "effective this week." Story said the need to expand to multiple teams has led to discussions with a number of organizations currently competing in the series, including Hall of Fame Racing and PPI Motorsports among others. "Not surprisingly, a number of teams have contacted us as well," Story said. "But you can't just take two single-car teams and put them together and say you are now a multicar team. It's just not that easy. There are a number of issues that come into play." Those issues, he said, include concerns such as shop space, manufacturer representation, sponsorships and driver selection. "If you make a move like that," he said, "you have to make sure you're in lock step with one another. If anything changes, you have to agree on what the new path will look like."(SceneDaily.com) UPDATE 3 from RGM: "The rumor that we have consummated a deal to purchase Robert Yates Racing is just that, a rumor. As we publicly stated several months ago, we have spoken to a number of organizations about the idea of aligning resources with the goal of creating a championship-caliber program. In today's NASCAR, great people and multiple teams are two of the requirements needed to win a championship and there are really only two ways for us to get there. The first is to find additional marketing partners for a second, third and fourth car, and the other is to align with another team that is interested in the same opportunities. For months we have been talking to multiple sponsors and teams, and while one of those teams is Robert Yates Racing, we have not purchased Robert's program."(John Story, General Manager and CEO, Robby Gordon Motorsports)(8-15-2006)
Starr to Yates? UPDATE denied: on Sunday's Speed Report [Speed Channel 8:00pm/et, Sunday's], Bob Dillner reported that Robert and Doug Yates took Truck Series driver, David Starr to dinner and could end up in one of RYR's rides, possibly the #88 Ford, replacing Dale Jarrett in 2007.(8-8-2006) UPDATE: David Starr looks you square in the eyes and says: He has not been offered a ride with Robert Yates Racing for next season nor has he talked to anyone at RYR. "I haven't taked to him at all," Starr said. "I don't know where a rumor like that gets started but it's not true, I have not talked to anyone connected with Robert Yates Racing."(Insider Racing)(8-14-2006)
Todd Parrott Returns to RYR; Steadman to Crew Chief the #43 UPDATE:: Petty Enterprises and Robert Yates Racing jointly announce crew chief Todd Parrott will return to Robert Yates Racing. Greg Steadman, on an interim basis, will take over the crew chief duties on the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge driven by Bobby Labonte effective immediately. Parrott has years of experience at RYR and helped lead the organization to a championship with driver Dale Jarrett in 1999. Steadman is no stranger to the crew chief position. A long-standing employee of Petty Enterprises, Steadman is known as one of the top mechanical minds at the shop. Steadman will work hand-in-hand with Loomis, who will take a more active role on the #43 Cheerios/Betty Crocker Dodge.(Petty Enterprises PR)(8-9-2006) UPDATE: Parrott will take over the #38 M&M's Ford crew chief duties as of the Michigan race next weekend.(Speed Channel Qualifying Coverage/Larry McReynolds)(8-11-2006)
Gilliland signed? with Yates? #28? UPDATE 3 - Press Conference postponed: hearing Busch Series driver, David Gilliland has signed with Robert Yates Racing to run in Nextel Cup in 2007, no word if it is the #38, #88 or #90. Supposedly the announcement will come at Indy next week.(7-28-2006) UPDATE: All signs are indicating that former Chino Hills resident David Gilliland will drive a NASCAR Nextel Cup car for Robert Yates Racing next season. In addition to a morning Internet report that said Gilliland has signed a deal with Yates, industry sources said Gilliland and Yates will announce their partnership during the upcoming race weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway confirmed a Yates news conference scheduled for 1:15pm local time on Friday, Aug. 4. Gilliland did not return a phone call today, but said Thursday, ``We're getting close on a few really good offers.'' Asked if something was likely to be done in the next week, Gilliland said, ``Yeah.'' A secretary at RYR said team owner Robert Yates and son Doug Yates were not in the team's race shop today, which marked the beginning of the final Cup off-weekend of the season. Yates spokeswoman Rhonda King said, ``We have nothing confirmed to announce at this time.'' Sources said Gilliland is likely headed to the #38 M&M's car being vacated by Elliott Sadler at the end of the season. Gilliland attended the Nextel Cup race at Pocono Raceway on Sunday and ``showed up for an interview on Speed (Channel) while eating a bag of M&M's and proclaiming they were his favorite candy,'' according to a report by the network's Tom Jensen.(San Bernardino County Sun)(7-29-2006) UPDATE 2: hearing the #28 could return to RYR with Gilliland driving and M&M's sponsoring, the 2006 #38 owners points going to the #28 [first 5 races of 2007],(7-31-2006) UPDATE 3 Postpones Press Conference: been told the Robert Yates Racing Press Conference at Indianapolis Motor Speedway has been canceled for this weekend, it was scheduled for this afternoon around 1:00pm/et, supposedly to announced David Gilliland as a new driver for one on RYR Cup teams, no word why it was canceled. Confimed from sources at the track that the press conference has been canceled and will end up being held later in August. UPDATE 3a: Despite postponing a Friday afternoon press conference in which Robert Yates Racing was expected to introduced David Gilliland as the driver of its #38 Ford for next season, nothing has changed with the team's plans to hire the driver. The announcement will come later this summer, once all the details of the contract can be finalized. "We're just trying to get all of our 'i's' dotted and 't's' crossed before we announce our new driver," co-owner Doug Yates said Friday. "I think everybody knows who it is. We just want to make sure everything's right. We're looking forward to our future. It's just the timing. We're trying to do a lot of things really fast, as everybody knows, and sometimes when you do that you just have to take your time and make sure you get it all right. There's no change in the direction for us. The timing just didn't work out for today."(SceneDaily.com)(8-4-2006)
Fox to crew chief Leicht: Raymond Fox will be handling the crew chief duties this weekend for the #90 CitiFinancial Ford. Drover Stephen Leicht and Fox first paired up in 2005 when Leicht made his NASCAR Busch Series debut at Memphis Motorsports Park, where he finished 13th. Butch Hylton had been Leicht's crew chief, but was named #88-Dale Jarrett's crew chief recently when Slugger Labbe and #38 crew chief Tommy Baldwin parted ways with Robert Yates Racing.(CitiFinancial Racing PR)(8-2-2006)
Crew Chiefs out at Yates?: UPDATE 4: Hearing that Robert Yates Racing has released crew chiefs Tommy Baldwin and Slugger Labbe.(7-30-2006) UPDATE:Baldwin supposedly is headed back to Bill Davis Racing (nothing about Ward Burton) and Labbe is looking at options.(7-31-2006) UPDATE 2: Robert Yates Racing told its organization on Monday that its two Nextel Cup crew chiefs, Tommy Baldwin and Slugger Labbe, would no longer be with the team, a source has told NASCAR.COM. Baldwin and Labbe were brought to RYR amid great fanfare by team manager Eddie D'Hondt, but D'Hondt was fired on May 23. With Baldwin and Labbe gone, RYR has experienced a complete turnover of its top personnel. Veteran crew chief Butch Hylton is rumored to be Jarrett's crew chief for this week's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.(NASCAR.com)(7-31-2006) UPDATE 3: Robert Yates Racing announced today that veteran crew chief Butch Hylton will assume crew chief duties for the #88 UPS Racing Team in an interim capacity beginning with this weekend’s All State 400 at the Brickyard. Hylton has been with Robert Yates Racing since the end of June and served as crew chief for development driver Stephen Leicht at Pocono Raceway two weeks ago.(RYR PR)(7-31-2006) UPDATE 4: Baldwin will be replaced by Charles "Cully" Barraclough as crew chief of the #38 team and Elliott Sadler. Baldwin's departure was by mutual decision as he left for an opportunity to become a team manager at another team, an RYR spokesman said. That team likely will be Bill Davis Racing, where Baldwin was crew chief from 1998 to 2002.(SceneDaily.com)(7-31-2006)
Gilliland signed? with Yates? hearing Busch Series driver, David Gilliland has signed with Robert Yates Racing to run in Nextel Cup in 2007, no word if it is the #38, #88 or #90. Supposedly the announcement will come at Indy next week.(7-28-2006)
RYR Looking to put Leicht in Cup in 2007: Robert Yates Racing is trying to put 19-year-old Stephen Leicht in a Nextel Cup car in 2007, team co-owner Doug Yates confirmed Monday. Yates said that if CitiFinancial agrees to sponsor the team's #88 Nextel Cup car next season, Leicht will be the driver. If the company decides to remain in the Busch Series, Leicht would drive that car and he also would be a candidate to drive the Cup car, depending on the sponsor. Yates also said if Leicht doesn't run Cup in 2007, then he would in 2008.(SceneDaily.com)(7-25-2006)
Gilliland to Yates? UPDATEs: David Gilliland, who has won one Busch Series race, said yesterday he has been contacted by several teams for next year. The Charlotte Observer reported that one of those teams was Robert Yates Racing, reporting that Yates had extended Gilliland an offer to replace Emporia native Elliott Sadler in the #38. Gilliland wrecked out of the Goody's 250 on Lap 163. Shortly after Gilliland emerged from the team's hauler, Jack Roush pulled him aside for a short conversation. Gilliland didn't mention specifics yesterday but said his goal hasn't changed. "We've got a lot of options. I got a lot of phone calls," Gilliland said. "I want to race full time next year."(Richmond Times Dispatch)(7-23-2006) UPDATE: Forgive David Gilliland if he's a bit overwhelmed by the sudden rush of calls to his cel lphone from top NASCAR team owners like Richard Childress, Robert Yates and Jack Roush. "We've got some pretty good opportunities and we're going to take our time in trying to make the right decision," Gilliland said yesterday of his unexpected headline status in the stock- car rumor mill. "I've talked to probably 10 teams, and we're just weighing our options. It's hard to pass up an opportunity because you might not get another one. I've talked with Richard Childress a lot, and his operation is on top of the game right now, and it's hard to pass up a deal like that. But I haven't signed anything with anyone." Mike Dillon, Childress' director of team operations, said his team wants to sign Gilliland to a Busch-Nextel Cup package that would include all the Busch events in 2007, plus a couple of Nextel Cup events. "He has to make a decision on his future, and we've got to make decisions, too," Dillion said. Yates is apparently offering an even bigger deal - a full Nextel Cup ride. Gilliland said he's bounced his options off his father, Butch Gilliland, a veteran Winston West racer, for advice. "And I just talked with Kenny Wallace, and he gave me some really good advice. He's been around the sport a long time and seen people move up too fast or not fast enough. I'm not 20, so we might not get another opportunity. But at the same time you don't want to move too fast. How do you know if you're ready until you try it?"(Winston Salem Journal) UPDATE 2: David Gilliland, who shocked the NASCAR world when he won a Busch Series race at Kentucky Speedway last month in an unsponsored, part-time car, has emerged as one of the leading candidates to replace Elliott Sadler in the #38 Robert Yates Racing Ford next year. Gilliland was at Pocono Raceway Sunday where he reportedly met with representatives from sponsor M&M Mars. While he did not confirm he would drive for the team next year, Gilliland showed up for an interview on SPEED while eating a bag of M&Ms and proclaiming that they were his favorite candy.(Speed Channel)(7-24-2006)
Third team for RYR? [Robert] Yates said there's a "realistic" chance that RYR could go to three Cup teams next season if 44-year-old Ward Burton, who has been out of Cup the past two seasons, comes up with a sponsor. Citifinancial and M&M's, according to team officials, are looking for younger drivers such as Leicht, 19, and Gilliland, 30. "If Ward walked in with a sponsor today we'd say, 'Ward, you've got the ride,'" Yates said.(NASCAR.com) AND: The Yates crew is interested in Gilliland, sources tell Team Ford Racing, with veterans Ricky Rudd and Ward Burton as the team’s fallback position if they are unable to sign a young up-and-comer, Gilliland or someone else.(Speed Channel)(7-24-2006)
Labonte denies RYR rumor: #43-Bobby Labonte said quite emphatically to scratch reports he may be on car owner Robert Yates' list of drivers to try to sign for 2007. Labonte called the Yates' report "a stupid rumor." Yates is in the market for a high-profile driver to run for his two-car team, with Dale Jarrett leaving and with major questions about Elliott Sadler possibly leaving too. Yates will be testing newcomer Stephen Leicht, from Asheville, at Pocono and Indy, though it's unclear if Leight, 19, will even be able to make the field. Leicht is a promising racer, but with little NASCAR experience. However, there is speculation that Yates may go with Leicht in a full Nextel Cup ride next season.(Winston Salem Journal)(7-17-2006)
Leicht to make Cup debut at Indy? UPDATE 2 at Pocono: hearing the RYR Busch Series driver Stephen Leicht, will attempt to make the Brickyard 400 at Indy in a third RYR Ford.(7-10-2006) UPDATE: Robert Yates Racing hopes to get development driver Stephen Leicht approved for the Allstate 400 next month at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The 19-year-old driver tested at the track Monday and will test again Wednesday in preparation for his possible Nextel Cup debut in the #90 RYR Ford.(SceneDaily.com)(7-11-2006) UPDATE 2 - Pocono: Robert Yates Racing development driver Stephen Leicht will attempt to make his Nextel Cup debut July 23 at Pocono Raceway. Leicht, who was sixth-fastest among drivers Wednesday during the Cup test session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, said Friday that the plan is for him to run Pocono and then at the Brickyard in RYR's #90 Ford. Leicht has nine Busch Series starts with the best finish of 10th at Kentucky. He has driven in two restrictor-plate Busch Series races. The 19-year-old driver who won the 2005 ASA Late Model Series title is considered a candidate to compete in Nextel Cup next season for the Yates team. Either Raymond Fox III or Butch Hylton will serve as crew chief for the car, said Leicht, who has never raced at Pocono.(SceneDaily.com)(7-14-2006) UPDATE 3: Robert Yates Racing announced that Stephen Leicht, driver of the #90 CitiFinancial Ford, will attempt to make his Nextel Cup Series debut at Pocono Raceway on July 23. Leicht, nineteen years of age, will also attempt to become the youngest driver to compete in the Allstate 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on August 6. Leicht wrapped up a two day test session at Indianapolis Motor Speedway earlier this week, posting the sixth-fastest time among drivers on Wednesday. RYR will utilize Matt McCall, co-driver of the #90 CitiFinancial Ford, for the Busch Series event at Martinsville Speedway on July 22. This will be the first Nextel Cup event for CitiFinancial Racing. They joined Robert Yates Racing in 2005 for a partial season and currently compete full-time in the Busch Series.(RYR PR)(7-16-2006)
Roush helping RYR: Car owner Jack Roush is offering what help he can to revive Robert Yates Racing. #38-Elliott Sadler drove a chassis last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway that Yates purchased from Roush. Robert Yates Racing, a Ford team like Roush, has struggled this season with most of its woes on tracks 1.5 miles and longer. Sadler ran well in practice but struggled in the race and finished 29th. "I do have great empathy and sympathy for Robert [Yates] and Doug [Yates] and I wish them well,'' Roush said Friday at New Hampshire International Speedway. "I don't want to see them lose those sponsors and to lose their viability. That's not what I want.''(Roanoke Times)(7-15-2006)
Robby to add a 2nd team? RYR alliance? Robby Gordon Motorsports will expand in 2007, possibly to a two-car operation in-house or by way of an alliance with an existing team. Among those on the radar: Robert Yates Racing. RGM and RYR executives said Saturday they're discussing the future with "a lot of people," and RGM CEO John Story confirmed that Yates is among the teams with which RGM has discussed a future partnership. Whether or not the union comes to fruition, though, is up in the air. "We've spoken to [Yates]," Story said. "We've talked to them, had some general discussions. But we're not yet ready. We've got to get everything on the table, lay it out and see what's best for us. RGM has a contract offer from General Motors for 2007, and regardless the chosen direction Gordon would maintain an ownership role. Story said RGM would prefer to add a second Nextel Cup Series team, and has ongoing discussions regarding the second program with several potential sponsors. "We have a lot going on as far as having a second car in our program," Story said. "That's the most exciting thing. That was the plan all along." Story said Gordon was not in consideration to drive the No. 88 vacated by 1999 Cup Series champ Dale Jarrett. "Robby will not drive the 88 car," Story said. "Robby will drive that 7 car until the end of his career. That much I know -- unless something changes that none of us are aware of."
(in part from NASCAR.com/Marty Smith)(7-9-2006)
WIth the loss of UPS, what is up with RYR? Leicht? Ward? Tide? UPDATE Tide gone?: [#88 Team Owner Robert] Yates made it clear he has no ill feelings toward the UPS executives who opted to make the move [to Waltrip and leaving RYR]. He placed blame on himself for allowing the team's performance to decline the past few years. Yates, though, is optimistic things will turn around soon and still envisions a scenario in which Robert Yates Racing fields four Cup teams next year. First, though, he must find a driver and sponsor for Jarrett's #88 Ford. A leading candidate on the sponsorship front is CitiFinancial, which sponsors RYR's Busch Series team. Stephen Leicht could move into that seat as well. "We think enough of him and we feel like with enough effort this year and energy put forth, I think he'll be able to drive this Cup car very easily," said Yates, adding that Leicht could make a few Nextel Cup starts later this season. Ward Burton's name has also been linked to RYR and the owner said that's a possibility. If CitiFinancial were to move up to replace UPS, and Burton brought a sponsor with him, that would give Yates at least a three-car program for next year. "We certainly have room. He's talking to some really good sponsors and if they want to jump in and do something, I think that's a good package," Yates said of Burton. "If somebody believes in Ward, and Ward believes in them and he believes in us, I think that that would fill out 25 percent of our deal." While there is still speculation #38-Elliott Sadler [the other Yates driver] could opt to move elsewhere for next year, Yates said his goal is to make the team so attractive that Sadler wouldn't consider leaving.(SceneDaily.com) AND Citi Financial, which sponsors Yates's Busch efforts, may be ready for a major role, Doug Yates said. He also noted that Tide, which has backed Cal Wells's team since 2000, will be contractually free after this season and may be available.(Speed Channel)(7-8-2006) UPDATE: hearing Tide will NOT being going to RYR as a sponsor and will NOT be back as a full primary sponsor in 2007 on any Nextel Cup team, currently Tide sponsors the #32 PPI Motorsports Chevy that Travis Kvapil drives.(7-9-2006)
Latest on UPS UPDATE 2 Official to MWR: looks like after all the runors that have been floating with UPS [#9-Kahne, #19-Mayfield, #16-Biffle, #88-RYR] that UPS will announced this weekend in Chicago that is will stay with Dale Jarrett and move to the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota Jarrett will drive in 2007 and leave the #88 RYR Ford.(7-4-2006) UPDATE: there is a scheduled UPS Racing Announcement on Friday, July 7, 2006 at Chicagoland Speedway.(PR)(7-6-2006) UPDATE 2: UPS announced a two-year agreement with Michael Waltrip Racing to sponsor driver Dale Jarrett in a Toyota Camry for the 2007 and 2008 seasons of the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series. The announcement at the Chicagoland Speedway comes after Jarrett agreed earlier this year to move to the Waltrip organization and race a Camry starting with the 2007 Daytona 500. "Dale Jarrett has been an outstanding ambassador for the UPS brand both on and off the track and we expect more great things to come as we join him at Michael Waltrip Racing as the sponsor of his Toyota Camry," said Patrick Guilbert, vice president of sponsorships for UPS. "Since our relationship with Dale began in 2001, his contributions have helped UPS build a powerful sponsorship program that resonates with our employees, customers and NASCAR fans alike." The decision to join Michael Waltrip Racing places UPS among the first sponsors to adorn a Toyota Camry in 2007, which is the manufacturer's inaugural season in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series.
"The UPS name also is synonymous with speed and that's what Michael Waltrip Racing intends to deliver to UPS and Dale with the new UPS Toyota Camry," said owner Michael Waltrip. "From a business perspective, the addition of UPS expands our resources, which enables us to build the best teams and in turn grow our organization at a pace that will enhance our ability to win races." UPS will continue its sponsorship of Dale Jarrett and Robert Yates Racing through the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season.(UPS Site)(7-7-2006)
Yates and Rensi Form Alliance: Robert and Doug Yates announced today the formation of a Busch Series strategic alliance with Team Rensi Motorsports, a leading Busch Series racing team [#25, #35]. The strategic alliance will allow these two Ford supported NASCAR organizations to work together to enhance their Busch Series operations as well as partner on sponsorship and marketing for both organizations.(Team Rensi PR)(7-6-2006)
Jarrett has fractured hand: #88-Dale Jarrett traveled to Daytona a little worse for the wear after injuring his hand in the accident that took him out of the race at Infineon Raceway last weekend. Jarrett was diagnosed with a fractured left hand on Thursday evening at Daytona in addition to a stretched ligament. A good qualifying effort [7th] however, did a lot to help ease the ache. "Yeah, a good race car kind of makes you forget about your aches and pains," Jarrett laughed after his qualifying run.(UPS Racing site)(7-1-2006)
12 year old girl wins "Design Dale's Ride" contest - IMAGE: The UPS Store hosted the "Design Dale's Ride" coloring contest and invited kids to design the special paint scheme for Dale Jarrett's #88 The UPS Store/Toys for Tots Ford. Jarrett will race the winning design on Sunday, November 5, 2006, at Texas Motor Speedway to kick-off The UPS Store's holiday season - and its Toys for Tots donation drive. Twelve-year-old Annabelle Huffman from Napa, CA took the "championship cup" in the coloring contest. The contest winner was determined by online voting and a judging panel representing The UPS Store, UPS Racing and Dale Jarrett, Inc.(DaleJarrett.com), see images of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page (6-30-2006)
Ward Burton looking to make comeback in 2007 UPDATE: Ward Burton will be at Daytona International Speedway on Friday as a part of a ceremony honoring the past 10 winners of the Daytona 500. He hopes his next trip to NASCAR's crown jewel will be as a driver. The 2002 Daytona 500 winner said Monday he is negotiating with two "established teams'' a return to the Nextel Cup Series that he hasn't been a part of since being fired by owner Gene Haas in 2004. One possibility is the #88 car of Robert Yates Racing that is open in 2007 because of Dale Jarrett's departure to the new Toyota team of Michael Waltrip Racing. "That would certainly be an opportunity if it came to fruition,'' Burton said. "It would pump me up. I'd be just excited as when I first made Cup in '94, maybe more so.' Burton would not confirm discussions with RYR, but indicated his talks have been with owners of multi-car organizations which have struggled recently. Burton said there have been no discussions with Toyota, which will field at least six cars under three owners in 2007. "One of the things we're working on is the sponsor,'' said Burton, which makes the #88 car more viable since its deal with UPS is up after this season. "I'm working on a couple of things to try to bring something home.''
Burton, 44, said there'd been negotiations about putting him in a car this weekend at Daytona that fell through at the last minute. He'd like to enter a couple of races before the end of this season to begin his comeback. Burton has spent much of the past year-and-a-half focusing on family and The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, which has a mission to "conserve America's land and wildlife through wise stewardship while educating children and adults about the natural resources that will shape America's future.'' Burton tried to mend a few bridges after his split with Haas, but that never happened. "There were phone calls, either hung up on or whatever,'' he said. "That's just the way they handled things.'' Burton is confident he can return to the top-10 form he had in 1999 and 2000, when he had a combined 33 top-10s for Bill Davis Racing with Tommy Baldwin Jr. as his crew chief. Baldwin Jr. now is Sadler's crew chief at RYR, which gives Burton another connection to that organization. "I wish I could tell you more,'' Burton said. "I can tell you I am talking to a sponsor as we speak and car owners as well. I've got my fingers crossed that one of these exciting deals will come true.''(more at NASCAR.com)(6-27-2006) UPDATE: latest fro Lastcowboys.com:
It’s been almost two months since I [Lastcowboys.com] dropped the Ward Burton to Robert Yates Racing rumor on all of you, and it continues to swirl around in the rumor mill. Have now been anonymously informed that this is a done deal. As said, this was anonymous, so have no way of substantiating it, unless Ward or someone in his camp would like to confirm or deny it personally. According to this anonymous source (as well as from Ward’s recent satellite radio interview), Ward’s silence or state of limbo is not due to the absence of a deal, but rather because he is waiting on the green light from both sponsor and team before he can make it official to the media and race fans.(LastCowboys.com)(6-29-2006)
The UPS Saga...up-in-the-air UPDATE 7 - denied to Roush: hearing UPS will leave the #88 Robert Yates Racing team and go to the #9 Evernham Dodge with driver Kasey Kahne.(6-8-2006) UPDATE: On the sponsor front, sources in the garage indicate that UPS will be moving from #88 Robert Yates Racing to one of two teams in 2007, either the #9 Evernham Motorsports Dodge driven by Kasey Kahne or the #16 Roush Racing Ford driven by Greg Biffle.(Speed Channel)(6-10-2006) UPDATE 2: It appears UPS is still in play as a major sponsor. In the past two years the winner in the sponsor hunt has been Evernham Motorsports. UPS may add itself to the list of Evernham conquests signing as the primary sponsor of the #9 Dodge driven by Kasey Kahne. Then again, it is said the Dodge Dealers aren't willing to vacate their position on Kahne's ride. The dealers might be willing to let loose of the #19 driven by Jeremy Mayfield. However, it’s not clear Mayfield would be the driver of choice for UPS.(Circletrackplus.com)(6-11-2006) UPDATE 3 - to #16? hearing that UPS is going to be on the #16 Roush Racing Ford with driver Greg Biffle in 2007.(6-20-2006) UPDATE 4: hearing the announcement of where the UPS sponsorship will go, could be as soon as Friday, June 23rd or at sometime this weekend in Sonoma.(6-21-2006) UPDATE 5: folks at Roush Racing have denied that UPS will sponsor any of their teams in 2007.(6-21-2006) ANOTHER UPDATE: Car owner Ray Evernham had until last Friday to convince Dodge officials to allow UPS to sponsor Kasey Kahne's Dodge next year, and apparently he couldn't do it. That means UPS will sponsor Greg Biffle's Ford next year.(Augusta Chronicle)(6-22-2006)
UPDATE 7 More on UPS: Roush denies again: Roush Racing has not talked with UPS about sponsoring one of its cars next season, a team official said Friday. With UPS still not under contract for 2007, several teams have been mentioned as candidates for the sponsor if it opts not to stay with Robert Yates Racing. Roush Racing and its No. 16 Nextel Cup car with driver Greg Biffle have been rumored as a possible destination for UPS. "I don't know where the rumors are coming from," said Torrey Galida, senior vice president for marketing at Roush Racing, prior to Nextel Cup practice at Infineon Raceway Friday. "We have not spoken." Roush and RYR develop engines together, and Roush-Yates engines power all of the Fords in the garage. "We have a pretty firm understanding with Robert Yates that we would not engage one another's sponsors," Galida said. Galida said Roush Racing has all of its sponsorships solidified for next season except for the National Guard, which is on a year-to-year contract [which is the case with all the military sponsors] on Biffle's car. He said the National Guard is a full-season deal, but the National Guard sells off some of the races to other companies. (SceneDaily.com)(6-24-2006)
Special UPS scheme at Richmond: The #88 UPS Ford Fusion will showcase UPS Freight services during the running of the Chevy Rock & Roll 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 9, 2006. The UPS Freight car will take on the gray and brown colors of UPS Freight tractors and trailers, while maintaining accents from the design of the standard #88 UPS Ford paint scheme. Instead of white, gray is used as the base for the UPS Freight car. A bit more brown than usually appears on the #88 Ford has been added to the roof and deck lid. Gold and red accent stripes, along with gold #88's complete the design. With a reflective finish, the #88 UPS Freight car is sure to shine under the lights at Richmond. With UPS Freight, moving heavy goods throughout North America is as easy as shipping a package across town. To learn more about UPS Freight services, visit www.upsfreight.com.(UPS Site), see an image of the scheme on my #88 Team Schemes page.(6-19-2006)
New full-time car chief for Jarrett: At Michigan International Speedway for Sunday's 3M Performance 400, Labbe and his driver, #88-Dale Jarrett, will have a new full-time car chief; while Labbe has an official right-hand man with the promotion of former car chief and fill-in crew chief, Jason Burdett, to assistant crew chief. "Jason's really smart," Labbe said. "When I got suspended, we moved Brian Dantinne up to car chief, so we're going to leave that the same and Jason's just going to help me, you know, be the assistant crew chief and be in my back pocket -- because he deserves that."(NASCAR.com)(6-17-2006)
Jarrett missing Saturday practice at Pocono: #88- Dale Jarrett is heading home for his daughter's graduation and will not be at Pocono Raceway Saturday. Robert Yates Racing teammate #38-Elliott Sadler is scheduled to practice his own car then, practice Jarrett's car for a few laps. Natalee Jarrett is graduating from Hickory High School Saturday.(SceneDaily.com)(6-10-2006)
Martin and Yates? UPDATE denied: hearing Mark Martin, driver of the #6 AAA Ford for Roush Racing may buy or buy into Robert Yates Racing in some form, would it be a Roush satellite operation? Would it get around NASCAR's new ownership rules? Martin is already listed as the owner of the #17 Roush Racing Ford that Matt Kenseth drives and has been quoted that he has no interest in owing a Cup team.(6-5-2006) UPDATE: Mark Martin says he knows nothing about a recent Internet report that has him possibly buying Robert Yates Racing or buying into the organization. "I don't know where that came from," Martin said Friday at Pocono Raceway. "There hasn't been any discussions about it." Martin, who is running his last full-time season in Nextel Cup, says he currently has no interest in owning a Cup team outright. Martin owns an interest in the #17 Roush Racing team of Matt Kenseth. "I learned last year to never say 'never,' and I have said never would I own one of these teams," he said. "At the same time, would I think about it? I don't know. I can tell you this much, there has been no discussion and no thought from me at all. That is not on my radar screen. I'm really focused on the AAA car and trying to make this Chase and make a run for the championship and do a good job and meet all my obligations and have some fun with the fans. I'm not really worried about all that other stuff."(SceneDaily.com)(6-9-2006)
Vickers looking to get out of contract? UPDATE: Hearing that Brian Vickers, driver of the #25 GMAC Chevy for Hendrick Motorsports is now looking to get out of his contract with Hendrick after the 2006 season.(6-7-2006) UPDATE: Hendrick Motorsports has given driver Brian Vickers permission to seek a ride elsewhere in racing. Hendrick spokesman Jesse Essex said Thursday that the driver of the team's #25 GMAC Chevy in the Nextel Cup Series had asked team officials for permission to pursue "employment opportunities outside our operation." Essex said "multiple years" remain on Vickers' contract at Hendrick. AND rumors have Vickers going to the #88 Robert Yates Racing ride or one of the Red Bull Racing rides.(6-8-2006)
Martin and Yates? hearing Mark Martin, driver of the #6 AAA Ford for Roush Racing may buy or buy into Robert Yates Racing in some form, would it be a Roush satellite operation? Would it get around NASCAR's new ownership rules? Martin is already listed as the owner of the #17 Roush Racing Ford that Matt Kenseth drives and has been quoted that he has no interest in owing a Cup team.(6-5-2006)
Jarrett spotting for Jarrett: been told that Jason Jarrett, son of #88-Dale Jarrett. will spot for Dale this weekend at Dover and possibly for the rest of the season. Jarrett lost his regular spotter Eddie D'Hondt after Darlington when D'Hondt was released by Robert Yates Racing as the Team Manager. Last week at Charlotte, Jarrett and the replacement spotter had a mis-communication which lead in part to Jarrett's lap one wreck with #7-Robby Gordon.(6-2-2006)
Yates gets a Roush Chassis, to run Roush cars; 'big-name' driver ready to sign? The team [Robert Yates Racing] has been heavily involved with youngsters Matt McCall and Stephen Leicht, who have been running a combination of Busch and ARCA races in trying to get them ready for the Cup level. But with neither driver ready to step in to replace Jarrett, who will depart next year for Toyota, they both could end up elsewhere sooner rather than later. “Some of it was really the decision of mine is to try and get the two Cup teams right and have maybe one Busch team and get rid of the other stuff,” Robert Yates said. “Our great plans were to do all this stuff, but it wasn’t working, so we took all the energy and took it and relocated it. It’s all an effort to perform better. We are not going to run ARCA. We are going to focus on our two Cup deals and the #90 car (Busch). That will be shared between Elliott and both of our drivers. I’m working very hard to get full-time Busch work for both of the development drivers (Leicht and McCall) because they need to be running every week.” One immediate mechanical change is that the team has purchased its first Roush Racing chassis and will begin using Roush cars. They are also searching for a driver to replace Jarrett and, perhaps, a new sponsor if UPS moves on. Robert Yates hinted that he had a big-name driver ready to sign on the bottom line — if the team can improve its results.(Speed Channel)(5-27-2006)
"Design Dale’s Ride” Coloring Contest - VOTE: Ten finalists have been selected in The UPS Store "Design Dale’s Ride" coloring contest. The contest, which was open to submissions from April 1 to April 29, offered kids ages 5 to 12 a chance to design this year’s The UPS Store/Toys for Tots #88 Ford, which NASCAR legend Dale Jarrett will race in November. From May 20th to May 29th, the public is invited to vote online for their favorite design by visiting The UPS Store web site, www.theupsstore.com.
The ten finalists, chosen out of more than 2,500 contest entries, are:
Annabelle H., California, age 12
Colin G., New York, age 10
Gracie V., Washington, age 9
Hannah W., Pennsylvania, age 10
Jaret J., Indiana, age 8
Kyle K., Michigan, age 10
Lindsay M., Virginia, age 8
Mohnish R., New Jersey, age 9
Quinlan S., Washington, age 11
Victoria S., Texas, age 10
A panel of judges including representatives from The UPS Store and UPS Racing selected the finalists. The contest winner will be determined by online voting (25%), and a panel representing The UPS Store (25%), UPS Racing (25%) and Dale Jarrett, Inc. (25%).
The winner will receive a trip to the Pepsi 400 in Daytona Beach, Fla., on July 1 for the unveiling of the car; a hometown viewing party to watch the car race on Nov. 5 at Texas Motor Speedway; a custom-fit, autographed racing suit to match the one Dale will wear, and a Crayola prize pack including Crayola Color Explosion, Crayola Twistables and Crayola Erasable Markers. Additionally, the
winner’s school will receive 10,000 free copies from The UPS Store along with an art supplies package for the art department, courtesy of Crayola.(PR)(5-26-2006)
RYR GM relesased? UPDATE: hearing that Robert Yates Racing [#38 and #88 teams] and team general manager Eddie D'Hondt have parted ways. UPDATE: Robert Yates, NASCAR car owner, announced today that he is re-evaluating the structure of the organization and has made a change in personnel at the management level of Robert Yates Racing (RYR). As part of the process, Eddie D’Hondt has been released from his position as general manager for RYR, effective immediately. “We are re-evaluating the way we are doing business from the top down,” Yates said. “This is a performance-based business and we have to evaluate the performance of where our cars are now. That begins with understanding our cars.” Doug Yates, head engine builder for RYR and son of Robert Yates, said the decision to make a change at the management level is a result of the Yates family reasserting themselves as the managers of their family-owned business. One of the first actions the team is taking is moving Raymond Fox, III back to the Nextel Cup shop where he will work with the #38 M&M’S Team and serve as a liaison between the Busch and Nextel Cup Series teams. “Raymond is very key to our organization,” Yates said. “The Busch program is important to us but we need his help elsewhere in the company and right now that is at the Cup shop where he’s worked since we started this organization.”
“Eddie (D’Hondt) did a good job for us,” he said. “But this is our company and Robert and I have decided we need to get our arms around our company. We’re not happy with where we’re at as a race team. We need to reassert key people including ourselves.”(RYR PR)(5-23-2006)
RYR Hopes to hear from UPS on decision soon; 4 Cup teams? UPDATE 2 Mears? Vickers?: Robert Yates Racing hopes to hear in the next two to three weeks whether UPS will return as a sponsor [on the #88 team], team general manager Eddie D'Hondt said Friday at Lowe's Motor Speedway. UPS is trying to decide whether to stay with RYR, move with current RYR driver Dale Jarrett over to Michael Waltirp Racing, where Jarrett will run a Toyota starting in 2007. or go to another team. "We're still talking with them," said D'Hondt, who added that there is no timeline for UPS to decide. "In three weeks time, I think we'll all know what we're all doing." The team is still in the early stages of looking for a replacement. It has two development drivers - Stephen Leicht and Matt McCall - currently running part-time Busch schedules. "There is a chance you may see them in a Cup car to get a race under their belt as the year goes on," D'Hondt said. "That's not written in stone, but it has been talked about. We're not going to rush them beyond what they are capable of. ... A year from now, I think Matt and Stephen will be ready." D'Hondt said eventually RYR would like to have four Nextel Cup teams and two Busch Series teams. "We're setting ourselves for a good future; we just have to live with what we're going through now," D'Hondt said.(SceneDaily.com)(5-20-2006) UPDATE: RYR is also waiting to hear if #88 team sponsor UPS will remain with RYR next year, move to the Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota team with Dale Jarrett or go to another team entirely. If UPS moves to Waltrip’s organization, that may bump the team from two to three cars. Waltrip’s own Toyota will be sponsored by NAPA and a second team car will fly the Burger King colors in 2007, leaving UPS as a possible sponsor for a third MWR car. On the driver front, the Yates crew is said to be hot after Casey Mears, the biggest remaining name free agent.(Speed Channel) AND Who's the lead candidate for the #88 (possibly UPS) Ford in 2007? One name mentioned more than once is Brian Vickers, driver of the #25 GMAC Chevy owned by Rick Hendrick.(CircleTrackPlus.com) UPDATE 2: In response to the CircleTrackPlus.com posting up on the site today. The "Unsubstantiated Rumors' as they're classified as on the Web-Site are in fact just that. Vickers and Hendrick Motorsports remain committed to each other.(Hensrick Motorsports)(5-22-2006)
4th Childress Team? Jarrett considered: Before Dale Jarrett accepted Michael Waltrip's offer to run Toyotas on the Nextel Cup tour next season, Jarrett considered a ride with Chevrolet's Richard Childress, in a fourth Childress car, as part of a six-year package, according to sources close to the situation. Under the proposed Jarrett-Childress deal, Jarrett would have signed on for three more seasons as a driver, 2007, 2008 and 2009, and UPS would not only have followed Jarrett to Childress' but would have agreed to another three years of sponsorship beyond 2009, according to sources. However the deal never came down, in part because Childress was leery of expanding to a fourth team, given the problems he had when expanding to a third Nextel Cup team.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-20-2006)
What is up with Bill Elliott? Bill Elliott, now running a partial Cup schedule [#00 Burger King Chevy], said Thursday that he's weighing several offers for next season. He has been mentioned as a possible part-time replacement for Dale Jarrett in Robert Yates' #88 Ford, with younger drivers running the balance of the schedule. Elliott also is among the candidates to drive a Toyota Camry in Cup next year. "There are several good options out there," Elliott said. "Within a month I should have an idea what I'm going to do." He said he'd like to work out a deal that would serve as a steppingstone for his son Chase, 10, should he desire to pursue a career in NASCAR. "That's one of the things I'll look at," he said, adding that the reason he chooses to run a maximum of 12-15 races a year is so he can spend more time with his family. For so many years it's been about what I was doing," he said. "I want life to be more about what we are doing."(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(5-19-2006)
#88 RYR Team Penalty Upheld: On May 17, 2006, the National Stock Car Racing Commission heard and considered the appeal of Robert Yates Racing. The appeal concerned three penalties issued by NASCAR following pre-race inspection on May 6, 2006 for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series event at Richmond International Raceway. The infractions concerned Section 12-4-A of the NASCAR Rule Book “Actions detrimental to stock car racing”; Section 12-4-Q “Any determination by NASCAR Officials that the car, car parts, components, and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules” and Section 20.12.2D “Unapproved rear sway bar mounting for use other than anti-roll.”
The penalties assessed were:
• Loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship Car Owner Points for car owner Robert Yates.
• Loss of 25 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Championship Driver Points for driver Dale Jarrett.
• $25,000.00 fine and suspension until June 7, 2006 for crew chief Richard Labbe.
The Commission had deferred the fine and suspension against the crew chief until the appeal hearing could be convened. The Appellants did not contest the legality of the sway bar configuration, but appealed the severity of the penalties. The Commission found that the penalties assessed are consistent with recent penalties for infractions of such a blatant nature. In reaching its decision, the Commission also notes that a warning for a lesser violation in the same area of the car had been issued at an earlier event.
Therefore it is the unanimous decision of the National Stock Car Racing Commission to uphold the original penalties assessed by NASCAR. The Appellants have the right under Section 15 of the Rule Book to appeal this decision to the National Stock Car Racing Commissioner. The Commission further instructs NASCAR to adjust the ending date of the crew chief suspension to June 14, 2006 [thru Pococo] to remain consistent with the original 4-week suspension period. The Commission: Russell Hackett, Lyn St. James, George Silbermann, Chairman.(NASCAR PR)(5-17-2006)
RYR Response to NASCAR Appeal Denial: The #88 UPS Team will race the next four weeks without the services of crew
chief Slugger Labbe after the NASCAR Appeals Committee denied the appeal submitted by Robert Yates Racing on Labbe’s behalf. As a result, Jason Burdett, car chief for the #88 UPS Team, will assume the crew chief role at the track in preparation for Saturday night’s All-Star Challenge and during the course of Labbe’s suspension. “We’re disappointed but respect the decision of the appeals committee and accept the results,” Labbe said. “Jason Burdett is a long time employee of RYR and deserves this opportunity. Jason has been involved with the #88 team for years as car chief and certainly understands the handling of the race car and the different things that I would communicate to Dale Jarrett. He’s the best person to do this for our #88 team because the communication has already been started with the driver and crew members.”
“We’re just going to go do the same things we’ve been doing all year,” Burdett said of his added responsibilities. “We have a pretty good support group and we all work so close together that it should be pretty seamless.” Jerry Pitts, RYR’s ARCA crew chief, and Travis Geisler, engineer on the #90 RYR Ford that competes in the NASCAR Busch Series, will assist Burdett as needed.(RYR PR)(5-17-2006)
UPS Undecided on future, either RYR or MWR; Bill Elliott to Yates?: With sponsor UPS suddenly NASCAR's top free agent, at least two teams' immediate futures appear to hang in the balance. Robert Yates Racing, which loses Jarrett's services at season's end, can't pick a replacement until it learns if UPS will remain. And if UPS opts to follow Jarrett to Michael Waltrip Racing, that operation would field three Toyotas instead of two next season. The one certainty is that Jarrett's move, formally announced May 13, leaves owner Robert Yates facing a scenario he thought was two years off. Expecting Jarrett to finish his career with the team in 2008, RYR began grooming Stephen Leicht and Matt McCall as possible replacements this season.
While the sponsor, be it UPS, Busch Series sponsor CitiFinancial or another entity, will play a role in selecting Jarrett's replacement, Yates says a veteran could figure in the mix. The question is whether the veteran would drive the full year or split time with one or two younger drivers as Yates works toward a permanent replacement. Team Manager Eddie D'Hondt said Bill Elliott could be the veteran if that plan is followed. Waltrip said he has sponsorship secured for two cars and has talked with UPS. If the company comes aboard, he'd gladly field three teams next year. In a statement, Peggy Gardner, UPS Spokesperson, said the company "is excited about its continuing role in NASCAR," but that its policy is not to comment about "our future plans or sponsorships."(SceneDaily,com)(5-17-2006)
UPS? What is up with their plans: UPS was not involved as Michael Waltrip announced to the racing world the signing of Dale Jarrett to drive an as yet un-numbered Toyota Camry in 2007 and 2008. Adding mystery to revelation, Waltrip had to correct himself after first answering questions concerning UPS. "Our teams have sponsorship for our cars in'07 and '08, beyond that anyone in the garage area would be proud to UPS as a sponsor of their car. This isn't about UPS. This is about Michael Waltrip signing Dale Jarrett to drive our cars. We have a sponsor for my car. We have a sponsor for Dale's car." That is where Waltrip stumbled. A misstep he corrected at the first opportunity. "We have sponsorship for my car. We have sponsorship for a second car. I said Dale's car and I didn't mean that," Waltrip explained. Is there a third car in the works or has Waltrip been lucky enough to sign a sponsor who would love to have Jarrett as their driver but is willing to accept another driver should UPS make the decision to sign with Michael Waltrip Racing? Waltrip has entered into a five-race agreement with Burger King and driver Bill Elliott for 2006, which might be a precursor to a full deal with either Jarrett or another drive in '07. Jarrett just might be the next Burger King on the racetrack, or maybe Waltrip is trying to lure Joe Nemechek, the first driver to campaign full time on the NEXTEL circuit for the chain into the Toyota fold. While Toyota has talked of not going beyond the three organizations they've already announced, Bill Davis, Red Bull and Michael Waltrip Racing there has been nothing said that limits the number of cars each organization might run on the track. The only limit is the four-car limit imposed by NASCAR. "NASCAR's pretty much said you need four," interjected Jarrett, when the possibility of a third car was raised. "That's the business model they've created. Obviously, we're smart enough to see that if we had four teams we could operate more efficiently. We've e two teams sponsored. We have two drivers. We might have another. We might not. I don't know. That's the truth and that's as fair as I can say it."(CircleTrackPlus.com)(5-14-2006)
Jarrett announcement this weekend? OFFICAL Jarrett to Waltrip/Toyota: hearing that #88-Dale Jarrett could make his announcement going to Toyota/Michael Waltrip Racing as soon as this weekend at Darlington Raceway. Waltrip is scheduled to make a live announcement on Speed Channel's NASCAR Live, Saturday, May 13th at 12:30pm/et...maybe....(5-12-2006) OFFICIAL: it was announced on Speed Channel's NASCAR Live at 12:32pm/et that Dale Jarrett, current driver of the #88 UPS Ford for Robert Yates Racing will drive a Toyota for Michael Waltrip Racing in 2007, no word on sponsor, car number, etc. AND see a transcript of the announcement at FoxSports.com: SPEED Q&A: Waltrip's Toyota team signs Jarrett to two-year deal UPDATE: Michael Waltrip, owner of Michael Waltrip Racing, Incorporated, announced today that former NASCAR champion and three-time Daytona 500 winner, Dale Jarrett, is joining the organization to drive the team's second Toyota entry in the NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup Series beginning in 2007. "When we began building Michael Waltrip Racing, I knew the key to success was bringing in quality people," Waltrip explained. "Ty Norris has been instrumental on the business side, just as Larry Carter and Bobby Kennedy have been on the competition side. By hiring Dale, we have yet another example of the importance we are placing on securing
first-rate individuals for our program."
"Dale's resume speaks for itself," continued Waltrip. "To have a NASCAR champion on our team is another significant piece of the puzzle that pulls together our vision. I know his knowledge and experience will be invaluable for a start-up team with a new manufacturer and will allow our organization to grow and succeed at a faster pace." Jarrett is a well-known veteran of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. He established himself as a perennial championship contender in the mid-90s, finishing in the top-10 in championship points for seven consecutive seasons and winning the series title in 1999. Jarrett has 32 career NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series victories, including the aforementioned three Daytona 500 wins and two in the Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. His resume also includes being named to NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers list.
"My tenure at Robert Yates Racing has been extremely important to me, my family and my career," Jarrett said. "We accomplished a lot together during the past 12 years and I am thankful to Robert and everyone at RYR and Ford Motor Company for the opportunities they afforded me and the success we have all shared. This was a very difficult decision. I feel this is a great opportunity for me to take on a new challenge and what they are building at Michael Waltrip Racing fits my plans for the future."
"My decision to join Michael Waltrip Racing is based solely on a competitor's perspective," Jarrett continued. "What Michael has pulled together is impressive and I want to be a part of it. The Daytona 500 might seem far away, but for a race team it is right around the corner. Michael's team is building cars now, their core management team is in place, the competition department is established and sponsors are locked up. From that perspective, it doesn't feel like I am going to a brand new team."
"Toyota's strategic entry into NASCAR has been equally impressive," said Jarrett. "The mark they have made in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series in the last three years is reason enough to want to be part of their entrance into the Cup Series." Waltrip is the first of the three Toyota team owners to solidify their 2007 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series drivers.(MWR PR)(5-13-2006)
Ford furious with Jarrett's defection: Ford officials are none too pleased with the apparent loss of Dale Jarrett, who will announce his decision to join Michael Waltrip Racing later this weekend (live on SPEED, Saturday at 12:00pm/et). All but two of Jarrett's 32 career Cup wins have come behind the wheel of a blue-ovaled automobile, as did his 1999 Winston Cup title. In addition, Jarrett's father, Ned, won both of his Cup titles as a Ford factory driver, and Dale Jarrett Ford is one of the largest Ford dealerships in the country, located in Monroe, NC about one hour north of Darlington. Priority number one for the suits in Dearborn? Making sure the rest of their camp stay put, in particular Jarrett's current teammate Elliott Sadler.(FoxSports), actually Ned Jarrett drove a Chevy for most of the 1961 season when he won his first championship.(5-13-2006)
Labbe offered to re-sign from RYR: #88-Dale Jarrett’s crew chief Richard “Slugger” Labbe this week offered to resign over penalties handed down by NASCAR following last weekend’s race at Richmond. However, car owner Robert Yates rejected the offer. Yates is appealing a $25,000 fine, the loss of 25 driver and owner points as well as a four races suspension of Labbe for the way the rear sway bar was mounted. Labbe said; “It wasn’t that we tried to hide anything…it was out in the open and it’s not something we did after inspection. We went through inspection with it…qualified with it and all of a sudden they didn’t like it. It was on there all day long the day prior and nothing was said so it's tough. I don’t think we were singled out, I think it just caught his (NASCAR inspector) eye and he didn’t like the way it was.” Back in February, in response to the suspension of Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief Chad Kanaus after an illegal part was discovered on the #48 car [Jimmie Johnson] after qualifying, Yates said he would fire any of his crew caught cheating. Labbe told reporters at Darlington; “The first thing I told Robert is I can make it easy for you…I can resign if you want me to…and he’s like…I fully support you 100% and what you did was a grey area of the rulebook.” Labbe went on to say; “I felt bad for Robert because he’s been around this garage for a while and to label someone on his team a cheater really bothers me and I know it bothers him too. So, I feel strongly in saying I’m not a cheater…we pushed the rules like any other team in the garage area and it just got singled out.” Many of his crew members knew what Labbe was doing with that particular part according to Labbe. “I had them (His team) read the rule book and understand my thoughts. Trust me; I just didn’t put it on the car hoping they (NASCAR officials) don’t see it. We talked about it. We worked hard on it and felt comfortable putting it on the car because it was not clearly defined in the rulebook. If they (NASCAR) don’t like it… it’s their game you know…we breathe their air.” The appeal will be heard Wednesday by the National Stock Car Racing Commission.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(5-13-2006)
Ward to Yates? UPDATE denied...but... from LastCowboys.com: ... couple of little birdies have told me in the last couple of weeks that Ward Burton is off the market in terms of driver availability. And while it is claimed that this information comes from people we would all consider ‘official’ type people, these ‘official’ type people are being coy in regards to whom or what has taken him off the market. One rumor that has gained momentum has Ward taking over the #88 UPS Ford owned by Robert Yates Racing when Dale Jarrett bolts for Toyota. Again, Jarrett hasn’t officially said that he is going to Toyota, but he hasn’t exactly denied it either. Another little nugget of information floating around out there states that if Jarrett bolts, UPS will stay with Yates, but they don’t want the next ‘potential’ Cup star. They want a proven competitor, not just some cat with little or no experience.(LastCowboys.com)(5-11-2006) UPDATE: While there is no truth to the rumor driver Ward Burton and car owner Robert Yates have struck a deal to drive the #88 UPS Ford if Dale Jarrett leaves for Toyota, Burton says he would like to talk with Yates and other teams looking for an experienced pilot. “I’ve definitely been ready” said the former Daytona 500 and Southern 500 champion. “I have a strong desire to be competitive on the race track and I don’t think I’ve lost anything that I’ve always had. I’m looking for a good opportunity so I can get back out there.” Burton added that it wouldn’t take him much to get back up to speed.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(5-12-2006)
#88 Team facing penalty? UPDATE 2 penalties/suspension..Appeal: The situation surrounding #88-Dale Jarrett Saturday night was murky [supposedly the rear away bar was taken], but NASCAR said it might issue penalties this week. Jarrett's crew apparently made some pre-race chassis adjustments that NASCAR didn't like, so NASCAR forced Jarrett to start from the rear of the field.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-8-2006) UPDATE - Penalties/Suspension: NASCAR issued penalties Tuesday to the #88 Nextel Cup Series team for a rule violation committed last weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Richard “Slugger” Labbe, crew chief for the #88 Ford driven by Dale Jarrett, was fined $25,000 and suspended from NASCAR until June 7, 2006 [thru race at Dover], for violating Sections 12-4-A (actions detrimental to stock car racing); 12-4-Q (car, car parts, components and/or equipment used that do not conform to NASCAR rules); and 20-12.2D (unapproved rear sway bar mounting for use other than anti-roll) of the 2006 NASCAR Rule Book. The violation was discovered during pre-race inspection on May 6. Also, Jarrett has been penalized 25 driver championship points, while team owner Robert Yates has been penalized 25 owner championship points as a result of the violation.(NASCAR PR), the penalty drops Jarrett from 11th in Drivers Points to 12th, #31-Burton moves up to 11th, Jarrett had been just 2 points out of 10th.(5-9-2006) APPEAL: "Obviously, in this case, we interpreted the rules differently from NASCAR,'' Robert Yates, who vowed to appeal the punishments, stated. "But because of the lack of a clear-cut understanding on our part, we believe we have grounds for appeal and have started that process.'' Since the appeal won't be heard before next week, Labbe will be present at the upcoming Darlington race this weekend. "If our interpretation is wrong, we did wrong," Yates added. "Like most, we're pressing the envelope to the highest degree to get the best performance. We pushed reading the rules to the edge." In the wake of the Chad Knaus' ejection from the Daytona 500 in February, Yates was quoted as saying he would have fired a crew chief that cheated deliberately like in the case of the illegal rear window found Jimmie Johnson's #48 Hendrick Chevy. The veteran team owner declined to comment on Labbe's future with RYR in case the #88's appeal is denied.(Speed Channel) UPDATE 2: the appeal is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, May 17th, if held up, Labbe would miss Pocono instead of this weeks race in Darlington.(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(5-10-2006)
Mears looking? 88? Garage insiders say that Casey Mears is the frontrunner for the #88 Ford ride and that UPS would stay on as a sponsor at Yates if the company hires a young gun that could compete with the marketing image of Denny Hamlin and Fed Ex. It is speculated, however, that Mears may have a letter of intent to run a fourth car at another organization already [RCR was rumored last week].(Motorsports.com) BUT: Casey Mears’ contract ends after this season, but he says he’s talked to car owner Chip Ganassi about an extension.(Virgina Pilot)(5-6-2006)
Waltrip discusses Jarrett: Michael Waltrip says he and several other teams have talked with Dale Jarrett about his future plans; however Waltrip downplays a report Jarrett was offered a two year, $10-million contract [see below] to join his Toyota team. “I haven’t made him any offer monetarily and I think I’m pretty sure I can tell you no one has offered him that (10-million) but it makes for pretty good print.” Waltrip said he’s more interested in Jarrett’s services than sponsor UPS. “We have our second car pretty much agreed upon with the sponsor and we’ve got a list of drivers that would be approved by the sponsor and he’s on that list. Anybody would hire Dale Jarrett, former cup champion and his sponsor UPS. We just want to hire Dale because we think he can win races and because that being our focus and the reason our drive for hiring him then I think he appreciates that."(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(5-4-2006)
Sadler hopes Jarrett stays at RYR: Elliott Sadler hopes Dale Jarrett will stay at Robert Yates Racing however he told Jarrett not to reveal to him too many of his future plans. Sadler joked, “I just told him to keep me out of it. I don’t want to know about it. I want to find out when everybody else does that way I won’t get into trouble." Sadler added, "If he stays that great, I would love to keep him as a teammate and love to keep him at Robert Yates Racing. If he goes I’d hate to lose him as a teammate but still I’m going to keep him as one of my best friends. I want to be there as a friend first, but if he decides to stay I definitely want to be his teammate again."(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(5-4-2006)
No COT for RYR yet: The next Car of Tomorrow [COT] test is scheduled for May 30 and 31 at Lowe's Motor Speedway. NASCAR said it hopes to have at least eight cars on the track and as many as 12. One team that won't be there is Robert Yates Racing [#38 and #88 Fords]. Yates has yet to start working on the Car of Tomorrow and doesn't plan to until NASCAR sets its rules.
Car owner Jack Roush said he's built and rebuilt the Car of Tomorrow a couple of times. Every time he gets one done, NASCAR makes changes. He said he spent more than $300,000 on the car before it ever hit the track.(Augusta Chronicle)(5-4-2006)
Jarrett/Toyota offer..$20 million? UPDATE done deal? Toyota - The Japanese automaker has pumped in tens of millions of dollars into its teams to launch a Nextel Cup program in 2007. Car owner Michael Waltrip is rumored to be dangling a two-year, $20 million contract in front of Dale Jarrett to get him into a Toyota.(Speed Channel) UPDATE: #99-Dale Jarrett, the 1999 NASCAR Cup champion, is expected to help head up the company's [Toyota] 2007 entry into the series, agreeing to join Michael Waltrip Racing next season. Several sources have confirmed that Jarrett, 49, informed Robert Yates Racing officials of his decision April 26. UPS, the primary sponsor of the No. 88 Ford, is also in the final year of its contract with the team. And sources have indicated that the overnight delivery service provider would like to remain with RYR, provided the team can sign a competitive driver rather than someone just embarking on a Cup career. If the latter is the case, it's likely that UPS will make the move with Jarrett to Waltrip's organization. RYR typically attempts to sign sponsors for the length of its drivers' contracts. Because of that, those sponsors have some leverage in driver selection. Possible driver candidates that have been mentioned in the Toyota mix have included Richard Childress Racing's Kevin Harvick and owner/driver Robby Gordon. However, car owner Richard Childress said April 29 that he is close to signing Harvick to an extension. Gordon, who has fielded his own team since 2005, has an existing relationship with Red Bull through his off-road racing efforts.(in part from SceneDaily.com)(5-3-2006)
Jarrett hopes to make decision for 2007 soon: #88-Dale Jarrett said he has talked to quite a few people about driving for them next season but would not say whether he has signed with Michael Waltrip Racing. Waltrip said Friday that he had talked with the Robert Yates Racing driver but had not signed him to run a second Toyota out of the Michael Waltrip Racing stable in 2007.
"People know when the last year of your contract is, so they start talking and seeing what your interests are, especially in my case," Jarrett said Saturday following qualifying for the Aaron's 499 at Talladega. Jarrett said that he probably would make a decision in the next two or three weeks and that sponsor UPS is not necessarily tied to him. "That's Robert's sponsor," said Jarrett, referring to his current owner. "They came here because of what we accomplished at Robert Yates Racing, and that hasn't been a factor in determining what I'm going to do. The offers that I have had from everybody else aren't contingent upon bringing a sponsor."(SceneDaily.com)(4-29-2006)
Waltrip talked to Jarrett...no 2nd driver yet: #55-Michael Waltrip said Friday morning he has not hired a second Nextel Cup driver for his Michael Waltrip Racing Toyota effort in 2007 but has talked with Robert Yates Racing driver Dale Jarrett. In a morning interview session with the media at Talladega Superspeedway, Waltrip said he has not pursued a driver who is under contract for 2007, and the 1999 Winston Cup champion is not signed for next season. Waltrip, who has sponsorship from NAPA for his Cup effort next year, did say he has sponsorship settled for two Nextel Cup teams but won't announce the other sponsor until he settles on a driver. Waltrip said he had talked with recently retired Ricky Rudd but only about possibly doing what Bill Elliott was eventually signed to do - run a partial schedule this year for MWR as it gets ready for the full-time effort. Larry Carter and Bobby Kennedy are building the Chevys for Bill Elliott to run this season with Burger King sponsorship. He said that should help build the team in getting ready for the Toyota debut next season. He also said he has sponsorship for one of his two Busch Series teams. He said he would like David Reutimann, the driver for Darrell Waltrip Motorsports in the trucks, drive one of those Busch cars. He also said that Reutimann's teammate, Joey Miller, is a possibility for the other Busch car.(SceneDaily.com)(4-29-2006)
Toyota to buy out Robby? Harvick? Jarrett AND UPS? UPDATE: #7-Robby Gordon declined to comment on the latest reports that Toyota and sponsor Red Bull are making an offer to buy him and his entire team. General Motors executives are still hopeful of keeping Gordon in their fold and point to the extensive work they've done to help Gordon become more competitive as an independent owner-driver. #29-Kevin Harvick, also said to be on Toyota's wish list, is still negotiating with GM and owner Richard Childress for a contract renewal, and the yes or no could come in the next few days. Harvick has set a package and price, and the ball is in Childress' court. But team sources indicate that Childress isn't willing to meet Harvick's demands. Childress has been unavailable for comment, and Harvick has declined to comment. According to sources, Dodge owner Ray Evernham may be interested in hiring Harvick.
And Toyota apparently wants not only Dale Jarrett but also his sponsor, UPS. That situation is unclear, but it appears to mean that if car owner Robert Yates wants to keep UPS on his quarterpanels, he would also have to re-sign Jarrett for two more years.(Winston Salem Journal), note: supposedly UPS is signed thru 2007 with Yates and Jarrett is signed thru 2006.(4-22-206) UPDATE - more Jarrett: It would appear Dale Jarrett is in the driver's seat when it comes to where he will drive in 2007. UPS has not renewed with car owner Robert Yates and will not until they are assured Jarrett's services have been secured. Jarrett, on the other hand, is being wooed by Toyota, with the full knowledge wherever Jarrett goes, UPS goes.(CircleTrackPlus.com)(4-23-2006)
Toyota and...Jarrett? UPDATE 2: The new NASCAR Nextel Cup Toyota operation that is being backed by Red Bull "has opened the checkbook," according to one top Ford man, who points to Red Bull's hiring of John Propst, a top Ford Motor Company vehicle dynamics specialist, and the hiring of a top Dodge engineer from the Ray Evernham camp for its new stock-car racing team. General Motors executives are anxiously watching their own key engineers for any similar defections. Elsewhere on the Toyota-NASCAR front, Toyota has made a bid to sign a two-year contract with Dale Jarrett, the tour's 1999 champion and a three-time Daytona 500 winner. Jarrett's contract with car owner Robert Yates is up at the end of this season. While it has been unclear for several months if Yates and Jarrett could come to new terms, Ford officials said Yates is offering Jarrett a contract similar to the Toyota deal.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-8-2006) UPDATE - Red Bull Drivers? When Red Bull Racing debuts their two Toyota teams at Daytona in February of 2007, rumor has it the organization is looking to pair a rookie with a veteran, taking an approached used by Evernham Motorsports with Dodge. Veterans on the Red Bull list are said to be Kevin Harvick and Dale Jarrett. No word on a rookie, but it could easily be an accomplished veteran from another of the Motorsports arenas.(CircleTrackPlus)(4-9-2006) UPDATE 2 Allmendinger? Murmurs in Champ Car circles say Red Bull, which carries a personal services contract with AJ Allmendinger, might like to see the young American in Nextel Cup, where it hopes to strike big in 2007 in partnership with Toyota. With so much money and fame up for grabs in NASCAR, it has become a challenge to keep promising open-wheel drivers away from the France family circus. It could prove difficult for Owner Carl Russo and Champ Car to hold onto Allmendinger, especially if he starts winning.(Autoweek)(4-9-2006)
#88 tests at Caraway: In preparation for the DirecTV 500 at Martinsville the #88 UPS Team spent Monday at Caraway Speedway in Asheboro, N.C., shaking down the car Dale Jarrett will race this weekend.(UPS Racing PR)(3-29-2006)
Jarrett plans to retire after 2008 season, stay with Yates: #88-Dale Jarrett said Friday that his tentative plan is to remain with Robert Yates Racing through the end of the 2008 season and then retire. “Things are pretty good that I’ll be where I’m at through that time,” Jarrett said Friday during a rain delay at Bristol Motor Speedway. “I don’t want to overstay my welcome here … trying to extend any longer than that would be taking a chance as far as my competitive spirit and my body holding up.” Jarrett said he was unlikely he would follow the lead of Bill Elliott and Terry Labonte and driver part-time after stepping away from his full-time ride.(Speed Channel) AND Dale Jarrett reaffirmed his plan to race through the 2008 season but revealed there's a chance he could finish his NASCAR career outside Robert Yates Racing. "Some of the other offers coming my way have kind of a two-year deal, so that's when I started looking at (2008)," said Jarrett, whose contract is up at the end of the season with Yates, his home since 1995. "I think the high probability is that I'll be right where I'm at." The 1999 champion hopes to settle on his future by the end of May.(USA Today)(3-25-2006)
Jarrett plans to run through 2008: Before the Daytona 500, #88-Dale Jarrett described the 2006 Nextel Cup season as critical to determining how long he would extend his career. After three races of evaluating his team, he has a timetable. "I'm pretty sure now I'm going to drive through 2008," he said Friday afternoon at Atlanta Motor Speedway. "I feel like if we can stay on pace with what we're trying to do, that would be sufficient time to leave it in a good situation."(USA Today)(3-18-2006)
Riley Technologies leaves Indy for NC: Indianapolis lost one of its major motor sports entities Wednesday when Riley Technologies and its subsidiaries announced plans to move to stock car country in September. Since 1990, the company has built Indy cars, championship-winning sports cars and U.S. Auto Club cars in a facility located a block south of Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It has 35 employees, most of whom are expected to move to a new 40,000 square foot facility in Mooresville, NC. Bill Riley, president of Riley Motorsports, said the move is based on a surge in the company's NASCAR business. Mooresville is home to a large percentage of the Nextel Cup, Busch and Craftsman Truck Series teams and suppliers. "We want to strengthen our ties to NASCAR," said Riley, who leads the company with his father, Bob. "We're excited for what lies ahead." Riley Technologies, over which Bob Riley presides, has a road-course testing project with Robert Yates Racing, a NASCAR team. Being in the Charlotte area should afford the company more opportunities in stock car racing, Bill Riley said. Riley Motorsports won the Grand American Daytona Prototype championship last year with drivers Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli. It will continue to work with two Grand Am teams based in Indianapolis (Ganassi and Fernandez). Meanwhile, Bill Riley said a change in the landscape of open-wheel racing has meant less business for the company. "With the IRL and Champ Car becoming more spec series, none of the teams really need our services," he said. "I grew up in Detroit going to the Indianapolis 500 with my dad, so it does kind of hurt (to leave)."(Indianapolis Star)(3-16-2006)
Harvick/RCR up in the air: Whether #29-Kevin Harvick returns to Richard Childress Racing next season will not be totally up to the 2001 Nextel Cup rookie of the year. A source close to the organization said there is concern over whether Harvick is focused enough on his Cup career to be given a long-term contract. Harvick already owns teams in the Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series, and is believed to be a target of Toyota as a driver and perhaps owner when the Japanese-based manufacturer enters NASCAR's top series in 2007. Harvick and team owner Richard Childress have set an April deadline for determining whether they will remain together past this season. Childress has maintained he would like Harvick back. He also admitted the decision is not one-sided. "It's got to be right for both of us,'' said Childress, who attended Sunday's race at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez. "It can't be right for just one. It has to be a deal that both of us believe we can win races and win championships.(NASCAR.com) AND The Ltn Hour ( Let's Talk Nascar ) Radio Show reported on this weeks show that Robert Yates Racing is also looking at Kevin Harvick to take over the #88 UPS Ford in 2007 as current driver Dale Jarrett's contract ends at the end of 2006. Jarrett has said he would like to driver at least thru 2007. UPS is signed thru 2007.(LTN Radio Show)(3-7-2006)
Yates: Ban Cheaters: Veteran NASCAR [#38, #88] car owner Robert Yates said Friday that if #48-Jimmie Johnson’s crew chief Chad Knaus was found guilty of deliberate and flagrant cheating by NASCAR that he should be banished from the sport for life.
If Knaus merely skirted the rules, Yates added, than probation would be the appropriate punishment. “If what he did, there was language in the rules about not doing that particular thing, then he ought to go race the Talladega Short Track the rest of his life,” Yates said of Knaus. “If the (NASCAR rule book) language covered that area … gone. Just gone forever, because that’s just stealing. If (what Knaus was caught with) was a hydraulic system, or a little winch that pulls a cable so the rear-end housing … pulls his body down, outta here, outta from now on. That’s a device. That’s clear,” Yates said. “If it was a creation that was not covered by the language or intent, then I think he needs to be on probation for a while.” Knaus was ejected from Daytona 500 Sunday after NASCAR inspectors discovered he had altered a rear jack bolt to move the rear window on the #48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet in an attempt to improve aerodynamics. After ejecting Knaus, NASCAR sent him back to North Carolina for the remainder of Speedweeks and said that next week it may levy additional penalties, including a longer suspension and point fines.(Speed Channel)(2-18-2006)
UPS Puts Big, Brown Truck on Race Track: NASCAR fans have waited a long time to see Dale Jarrett “race the truck.” Now, there really is a UPS race truck. To prepare UPS’s 2006 TV commercials for the popular “Race the Truck” campaign, the company ignored animation possibilities and instead built a real racing truck, starting with a 20-year-old, 250,000-mile workhorse UPS package car. A team of highly qualified fabrication specialists transformed the old truck, dropping in a 514-cubic-inch factory Ford SVO crate motor that generates 620 horsepower and 700 pounds of torque. The engine, in turn, was fitted with a two-stage nitrous oxide injection system that boosts its output to 800 horsepower, allowing for low gear burnouts and an estimated top speed of nearly 150 mph on the track. During NBC’s Daytona 500 broadcast on Sunday, Feb. 19, viewers will get their first glimpse of the modified UPS package car in two new spots. What began as a way for UPS to create awareness for its NASCAR sponsorship has since grown in popularity as fans everywhere are ready for Jarrett to race the truck. But as with any good race car, there’s testing required to get driver, pit crew and race truck ready.
Jarrett, driver of the #88 UPS Ford Fusion for Robert Yates Racing, puts custom-made Goodyear tires to the test as he maneuvers the UPS race truck in the first of the new commercials, “Brakes.” As Jarrett completes a lap and attempts to stop, team members discuss whether he has enough braking power to offset the momentum behind a four-ton vehicle. Jarrett begins fishtailing as he brings his speedy UPS vehicle to a halt, convincing the team of the need for adjustments. “Draft” illustrates the force behind the UPS race truck by showing its effects on a father and his young son as they watch a NASCAR practice trackside. One car passes and blows their shirts; another passes and nearly causes the dad to lose his hat. When the brown truck passes, the boy is elevated horizontally as he holds onto his father’s hand to avoid being blown away. Subsequent commercials titled “Burnout,” “Lug Nuts” and “Sponsor” will debut throughout the
2006 NASCAR season.(UPS PR)(2-16-2006)
2006 Critical for Jarrett's plans: #88-Dale Jarrett , a 21-year veteran, said this is "a very critical year" in terms of whether he will return to race in Nextel Cup next season at age 50. "I don't want to be out here driving around. I want to be competitive and that's why I continue to do it," he said. "These race cars have no idea how old I am when I sit down. I should be smarter, better driver as years go on. There's nothing I can't do in a race car at 49 that I couldn't at 39." Jarrett, the 1999 series champion, won at Talladega last fall, but finished 15th in points for the second consecutive year in a frustrating, inconsistent campaign. He finished in the top 10 in points seven straight years before slumping to 26th in 2003. Daytona has provided a good starting point for Jarrett in the past. He won the Daytona 500 in 1993 and finished fourth in the standings; again in 1996 and finished third. He won the race and the championship in 2000. He also won the Bud Shootout in 1996, 2000 and 2004.(St Petersburg Times)(2-11-2006)
UPS Awards five Scholorships: UPS continued its commitment to helping NASCAR better reflect a changing workforce and fan base by awarding another five UPS Racing Technical Edge Scholarships. The latest awards bring to more than $300,000 the financial assistance provided by UPS to minority students who want to attend the NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI). This class, for the first time since the scholarship’s 2002 introduction, features five students with the same ethnic background of Hispanic origin. Candidates for the UPS Racing Technical Edge Scholarship must meet NTI admission criteria at its suburban Charlotte, NC [Mooresville], location and must demonstrate automotive-related career goals and work experience as well as financial need. The latest recipients receiving these UPS scholarships include: Jason Corbett, Discovery Bay, CA; Angel Hernandez, Warsaw, NC; Gilbert Limon, Junction, TX; Victor Navarro, Colorado Springs, CO; and Silverio Olvera, Jr., Waco, TX. Last year, UPS expanded its motorsports diversity involvement with an
additional $20,000 in scholarships awarded as part of the NASCAR College Tour. UPS again will join the tour this fall on visits to four campuses of historically black or Hispanic institutions to help judge the competition among student presentations.(UPS PR)(2-7-2006)
#88 Team picks up some crew people: Robert Yates Racing [RYR] picked up two new pit crew members for Dale Jarrett's #88 team: Cory Quick, previously a tire changer for Jimmie Johnson, and jackman Tim Boatwright, who joins the squad after the dismantling of the #77 Penske Cup team. Former Dale Earnhardt Inc. crew member Shannon Myers, a former Dolphins draft pick, will move to the #90 RYR Busch program.(Sporting News)(12-19-2005)
#88 for Lopez: The ABC hit show, "George Lopez" will mark its 88th episode on Wednesday, December 7. As part of the tie-in with the number 88, George Lopez will wear a Dale Jarrett jersey on the show and the crew signed a "88" sign patterned after Jarrett's car number.(PR)(12-7-2005)
Baldwin leaving Evernham? to Yates? UPDATE OFFICIAL RYR 2006 lineup announced: hearing that #9 crew chief, Tommy Baldwin could be leaving Evernham Motorsports and driver Kasey Kahne.(9-18-2005) UPDATE: hearing Baldwin could end up at the #38 M&M's/Robert Yates Racing team as Elliott Sadler's crew chief.(9-19-2005) UPDATE: Look for some organizational changes at Robert Yates Racing. Slugger Labbe will take over as crew chief of the #88, which is driven by Dale Jarrett, and Tommy Baldwin will lead the #38 crew and Elliott Sadler. Yates ended rumors that he will start a third team; he says he first wants to make the 88 and 38 teams stronger. But there still are plans for additional buildings on Yates' property in Mooresville, N.C.(Sporting News)(11-21-2005) UPDATE RYR Announces 2006 Lineup: Robert Yates Racing (RYR) announced its lineup for the 2006 NASCAR season. The lineup includes the addition and reassignment of key team members for both the #88 UPS and #38 M&M’S Chocolate Candies NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series teams, as well as the #90 CitiFinancial Busch Series team.
Effective immediately, Richard “Slugger” Labbe is the crew chief for the #88 UPS Racing Team and driver Dale Jarrett while Tommy Baldwin, Jr., becomes the crew chief for the #38 M&M’S Chocolate Candies Team and driver Elliott Sadler. Both Labbe and Baldwin bring with them experience and success that includes wins in the Daytona 500 (Labbe with driver Michael Waltrip in 2003 and Baldwin with
driver Ward Burton in 2002).
“Both Slugger and Tommy have had success in their past endeavors with other teams in the NEXTEL Cup Series,” said Eddie D’Hondt, general manager for RYR. “We’ve been aggressive in the off season. It is our goal to get both of our teams in the Chase for the Championship in 2006. We are really pleased with the staff we’ve put together and delighted to have Slugger and Tommy on board.”
Labbe, a former RYR employee, returns after spending time serving in the crew chief role during the last few seasons for Michael Waltrip at Dale Earnhardt, Inc., and most recently for Jeremy Mayfield at Evernham Motorsports. Baldwin also joins RYR from Evernham Motorsports where he led the team efforts for young driver Kasey Kahne since 2004.
“This is a great opportunity for me to be able to come back here in this capacity,” Labbe said. “Robert (Yates) has been an incredible person to know and work with. I’ve known him and Dale (Jarrett) for a long time, and to have this opportunity is an important one for me personally. I am really looking forward to 2006.”
“There is potential for great success next season at RYR,” said Baldwin. “Robert has built a strong foundation here and it’s exciting to be able to step in and work with Elliott and the #38 Team. I think we’ve only seen the beginning of what Elliott can accomplish behind the wheel and I look forward to the task of leading this team to the next level.”
Kevin Buskirk, who has been serving in an interim crew chief role for the #38 M&M’S team, will become the Technical and Performance Director for all of RYR. Additionally, the team has added Ed Guzzo to the organization and he will serve as the Production and Operational Director. Busch Series: In addition to the personnel changes with the NEXTEL Cup Series programs, RYR announced its driver lineup for the 2006 NASCAR Busch Series season and plans to compete in all 35 events. Sadler will drive the #90 CitiFinancial Ford for 16 events in 2006 while drivers Stephen Leicht and Matt McCall will share the driving duties during 17 events as part of the RYR Driver Development program. In addition to Leicht and McCall, Belgium driver Marc Goosens will compete in both the Busch Series road course races in 2006 as part of a joint effort between RYR and Rile Technologies, the championship team in the Rolex Series.
RYR will continue to prepare for 2006 and beyond, looking for the right opportunity to grow the organization into a four-team organization that competes in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series.(Elevation Group/RYR PR)(11-28-2005) Todd Parrott? have learned that Todd Parrott has left RYR, no word on his 2006 plans. Parrott finished up the 2005 season as Jarrett's crew chief on the #88 team after starting the season as the crew chief of the #38 team.(sources and PRN's Garage Pass Radio show)(11-29-2005) AND Robert Yates Racing GM Eddie D'Hondt told Sirius Satellite Radio's "Sirius Speedway" that Todd Parrott is no longer with RYR. D'Hondt said, "It was a very diffcult decision to make, and it was made with a heavy heart, but we can't be sitting on our hands. We need to get both cars in the Chase next season, and to do tht, some changes had to be made." D'Hondt said new crewchiefs "Slugger"
Labbe and Tommy Baldwin are already on the job, and that the team has a full testing schedule between now and the end of the year. AND II: heard that many of the engineering staff was released in this reorganization.(12-1-2005)
Arnold to team up with Yates? UPDATE: hearing that Arnold Motorsports will team up with Robert Yates Racing to form a third team of sorts for Yates.(11-1-2005) UPDATE: There was talk early in November that Yates might form a third satellite team, perhaps merging assets from Arnold Motorsports or Cal Wells III’s PPI Racing. Instead, Yates says he’s committed to making his existing teams better before adding to his stable.(Ford Racing)(11-26-2005)
Slugger to #88; Baldwin to #38: Look for some organizational changes at Robert Yates Racing. Slugger Labbe will take over as crew chief of the #88, which is driven by Dale Jarrett, and Tommy Baldwin will lead the #38 crew and Elliott Sadler. Yates ended rumors that he will start a third team; he says he first wants to make the 88 and 38 teams stronger. But there still are plans for additional buildings on Yates' property in Mooresville, N.C.(Sporting News)(11-21-2005)
Baldwin leaving Evernham? to Yates? UPDATEs MANY: hearing that #9 crew chief, Tommy Baldwin could be leaving Evernham Motorsports and driver Kasey Kahne.(9-18-2005) UPDATE: hearing Baldwin could end up at the #38 M&M's/Robert Yates Racing team as Elliott Sadler's crew chief.(9-19-2005) more updates: see the #9 Team News and Links page for all the past rumors since Sept...getting kinda long. UPDATE 2 - Baldwin teaming up with Yates? hearing that Tommy Baldwin, former #9 Crew Chief for Kasey Kahne, will go to Robert Yates Racing in some fashion, crew chief/part owner. Also has been rumored that a current one car operation, such as #50 Arnold Motorsports or #66 Peak Performance could partner up with RYR, which could include ownership by Baldwin, something that was mentioned in the Evernham Motorsports release on Tuesday [see below or the #9 Team News and Links page for more on that]. Cabela's is the sponsor on the #66 car this week and have heard it could become a full-time sponsor in 2006. Expect some sort of announcement this weekend at Homestead.(11-17-2005) MORE the Yates-Baldwin press conference planned for Saturday morning has been canceled, what does it mean? no idea.(11-18-2005) MORE II: Tommy Baldwin's future plans apparently include a cooperative effort with Robert Yates Racing. It was announced earlier this week that Baldwin, who has been Kasey Kahne's crew chief at Evernham Motorsports, was leaving that team. And his desire to own a team is well-known.(Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(11-19-2005) UPDATE 100: on Speed Channel's NASCAR This Morning, Bob Dilner said Baldwins plans to start his own Cup team, but not until the 2007 season...not sure what his 2006 plans may be, but still hearing it'll be with Yates.(11-20-2005)
Milestones at Atlanta: #88-Dale Jarrett is scheduled make his 600 career start at Atlanta, #31-Jeff Burton is scheduled to make his 400 career start.(10-25-2005)
Jarrett wins big at Talladega: #88-Dale Jarrett, with help from #20-Tony Stewart, moved from 6th to 1st and won the UAW-Ford 500 at Talladega Superspeedway with a last lap pass on a green-white-checkered finish. It is Jarrett's 32 career win, first since Feb 2003 at Rockingham, 98 races ago. Jarrett was the last driver to win at Talladega in a Ford in 1998. Jarrett is the 5th oldest driver to win a Cup race, at 48 years, 10 months, 6 days old. Harry Gant, Bobby Allison, Morgan Shepherd and Dale Earnhardt were older. Stewart held on to finish 2nd, retaking the points lead as #48-Johnson was involved in a couple of wrecks and finished 31st, falling to 4th in points. After some checking #17-Matt Kenseth was awarded 3rd, followed by #12-Ryan Newman and #99-Carl Edwards. #6-Mark Martin was involved in the first big wreck and finished 41st, dropping to 9th in points. The other Chase drivers who had trouble were #2-Rusty Wallace [25th] and #16-Greg Biffle [27th]. The race was slowed with 11 cautions for 33 laps. There were 50 lead changes among 20 drivers. Stewart led the most laps with 65. Jarrett led two laps, the 3rd and final lap. Jarrett breaks the Talladega record for fewest laps led by a winner, held by Bobby Hamilton in 2001 and one other driver.
For my race rundown, laps led, DNF's, caution info, Lucky Dogs and some notes, see my Talladega Race Info/Rundown Page.
For race results and awards, and other site links, see my
Partypoker as a sponsor? hearing partypoker.net could sponsor a third Yates car for 2006 team or take over as the sponsor on the #6 Roush Racing Ford.(9-27-2005)
Parrott splitting with RYR? or reassigned? UPDATE reassigned: hearing Todd Parrott crew chief for the Robert Yates Racing #38 M&M's team/Elliott Sadler are parting ways or Parrott may be reassigned with the organization, expect an announcement sometime this week.(9-18-2005) UPDATE:Robert Yates Racing announced personnel changes for both NEXTEL Cup Series teams, as well as their Busch Series program. Effective immediately, veteran crew chief Todd Parrott will assume the role of crew chief for Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team, while Kevin Buskirk, engineer for the #38 M&M’S® Racing Team, will assume the role of interim crew chief for Elliott Sadler. Additionally, Raymond Fox, III, will serve as crew chief for the #90 CitiFinancial Team.
With both teams sitting outside the top 10 and having just missed the Chase for the Championship, RYR management decided to make immediate personnel changes for the remainder of this season in preparation for the 2006 NASCAR season. “In the business of NASCAR racing the responsibility to perform both to ourselves and our sponsors is and has, become increasingly more important,” said Eddie D’Hondt, general manager of RYR. “We are making this change in an effort to spark both of our teams to the performance level expected of us.” For more than two years, Parrott has served as crew chief with Jarrett teammate Elliott Sadler and the #38 M&M’S Racing Team. During that period, Parrott led Sadler to two wins (Texas in 2004 and the fall race at California in 2004), as well as a non-points victory with
their win in one of the Daytona 500 qualifying races in 2004. Additionally, Parrott guided Sadler to the inaugural Chase for the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Championship last season with Sadler finishing the year in ninth place. It marked Sadler’s first time finishing in the top 10 in the point standings.
“We felt to improve the performance of the 88 team it was important to establish a leadership that has been lacking for the last few months,” said car owner Robert Yates. “Billy (Wilburn) did a great job of coming in here and working with the 88 and 38 teams to get them on the same page. Todd (Parrott) has a record that speaks for itself both with preparing race cars and making decisions in the pits. Todd has the skills, ability and talent to lead a race team, and he is committed to winning races.” Buskirk has served as the engineer for the #38 M&M’S Team since November 2003 and has been instrumental in preparing the cars Sadler has raced during the last two seasons. Buskirk will work in the interim crew chief capacity while the team actively searches for a permanent replacement for that position. “Kevin is an important part of not only the M&M’S Team but for all of RYR,” Yates said. “He has a lot of knowledge about race cars and what
needs to happen to make them perform. He’s been on top of the pit box for the last two years helping call adjustments so he is the ideal
person to fill this interim role for us.”
Fox, who has been with RYR since the organization opened for business in 1987, will take over the race day crew chief duties for the #90
CitiFinancial car throughout the remainder of the season. Fox will also continue in his current position with the #38 M&M’S Team.
All of the principal players involved in this announcement will be available for questions from the media at 9:00am/et this Friday in
the infield media center at Dover International Speedway. This is the only time that members of Robert Yates Racing will be made available
to discuss this subject.(RYR/Elevation Group PR), no word on Billy Wilburn fate or plans.(9-20-2005)
Big, Brown Truck is Featured In EA Game: EA Sports' NASCAR Thunder is a game enjoyed not only by children and fans, but even by NASCAR drivers themselves. UPS Ford driver Dale Jarrett has a 10-year old son, Zachary, who is a fan of a variety of EA Sports games, including several NASCAR versions. Jarrett's teammate Elliott Sadler is another who enjoys the games played on equipment such as Xbox video game systems. UPS is now getting in on the action. UPS's big, brown truck is one of the featured vehicles individuals can race in the new EASports branded NASCAR video game, NASCAR '06 Total Team Control. Video game enthusiasts now have the ability to complete a virtual lap in the UPS package delivery truck as a fully-functioning vehicle. It marks UPS's first video game product placement of the truck. The idea developed in part due to the popularity of the "Race the Truck" commercial campaign UPS started in 2001 when it began its relationship with Jarrett as primary sponsor of the #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford. For five years, fans have been imploring to Jarrett to race the truck. With the new game, fans now have the chance to race the truck themselves.(UPS Racing)(9-16-2005)
Newman/Jarrett Settle: #12-Ryan Newman said Friday that he met with #88-Dale Jarrett last week to discus their bumping incidents at Bristol two week ago. Jarrett appeared to intentionally turn into Newman's car after Newman had bumped Jarrett into the wall earlier in the race. "We talked in California in the NASCAR hauler," Newman said. "I told him I didn't intentionally hit him, but it was obvious he intentionally hit me. I told him it was hard for me to take. He voiced his opinion on the situation, not necessarily about that race but previous races. We walked out arguing about who was going to open the door ... so I think we should be all right."(Dallas Morning News)(9-10-2005)
Jarrett still not talking: Among the contenders practicing Monday at Richmond was #88-Dale Jarrett, who declined interview requests in the wake of a controversial crash with #12-Ryan Newman at Bristol. Jarrett is scheduled to return Tuesday to test.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(8-30-2005)
Jarrett to run Toys for Tots scheme: When Dale Jarrett climbs into the #88 UPS Ford on Sunday, November 6, at Texas Motor Speedway, both he and the car will have a decidedly different look. Bright lime green and tomato red will replace the UPS signature brown as part of a special paint scheme promoting a campaign to raise more than $1 million for Toys for Tots. For Jarrett, the project was a family affair, with his three youngest children, Natalee (17), Karsyn (15) and Zachary (10), creating the car's unique motif, which looks as if children hand-painted the design. Jarrett unveiled the car today at a convention of The UPS Store franchisees. The campaign includes sales of a 1:43-scale limited-edition, die-cast replica of the Toys for Tots car, which will be available exclusively at participating The UPS Store locations for the retail price of $9.95. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to Toys for Tots compliments of The UPS Store franchisees, UPS, Dale Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing and Action Performance. Participating The UPS Store locations also will offer customers the opportunity to purchase a Toys for Tots pledge card for only $1, with all proceeds going to support local Toys for Tots activities. Sales of the die-cast cars and pledge cards are expected to generate more than $1 million for Toys for Tots. In addition to participating The UPS Store locations, several racing-related organizations will also serve as toy collection sites for Toys for Tots this holiday season. Robert Yates Racing in Mooresville, NC and Dale Jarrett, Inc. in Hickory, NC will both be collecting toys. Toys will also be accepted at Action Performance's offices in both Concord, NC and Phoenix, AZ. In addition, The UPS Store representatives will collect toys at a special display at the season-ending Ford Championship weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Jarrett will appear in a special public service announcement encouraging support for the Toys for Tots program. The spot, which is expected to begin airing in November, can be viewed at www.racing.ups.com. The Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, an IRS recognized 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity is the authorized fund raising and support organization for the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program. For more information, visit www.toysfortots.org.(More at the Action Performance Toys for Tots page), see am image of the car on my #88 Team Schemes page.(8-18-2005)
Latest on possible 3rd RYR team: Robert Yates Racing General Manager Eddie D'Hondt said RYR will have to decide by the end of the month whether it will field a third full-time team next season. If that doesn't happen, look for the team's Busch Series car to run a few additional races next season, including stand-alone Busch events with a younger, development driver.(NASCAR Scene via BGNRacing.com)(8-11-2005)
Double Duty for RYR at Watkins Glen: Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler will both compete in the NASCAR Busch Series race at Watkins Glen, in an effort to get more seat time in preparation for Sunday’s event. Jarrett will drive the #90 CitiFinancial Ford, while Sadler will race a specially-designed #08 Robert Yates Racing Ford. The car will be a tribute to all of the RYR sponsors, featuring a split design with UPS on the passenger side of the car and M&M’S on the driver side of the car.(Elevation Group PR)(8-9-2005)
Yates still considering a third team: It was not that long ago when Robert Yates Racing [#38 and #88] was a state-of-the-art team. It would be tough to argue that it still is. In fact, in one key area — cars on the track — the Yates operation is lagging behind such Nextel Cup teams as Roush Racing and Hendrick Motorsports [Jayski Note: but Yates has two cars in the Chase at current, Hendrick has...one]. Yates still just has two — one for Dale Jarrett and one for Elliott Sadler. While the Yates drivers are doing fairly well — they are both in the top 20 [actually top 10] in points this week — some think they could do better if they would add another car or two to the stable. Apparently, the folks at Yates have been thinking the same thing. “We’ve had a lot of discussions” about adding a third car, Jarrett said this week. Adding more cars is beneficial on several fronts. The most important of those is the data front. More cars means more tests, more laps and more information for engineers and crew chiefs to chew upon. Again, Yates is certainly aware of all that. “We do everything that we can with the people that we have now,” Jarrett said, “but there’s a sign that there is strength in numbers.”(Kansas City Star)(7-22-2005) UPDATE: Yates' proposed third team may be postponed until 2007, according to team sources.(Winston Salem Journal)(7-25-2005)
Get Well: to #38 M&M's and #88-UPS Ford team owner Robert Yates who missed his first race at Daytona in decades. Yates was suffering from kidney stones and stayed behind in the Mooresville, NC area.(7-3-2005) UPDATE: Robert Yates, Ford's legendary patriarch of horsepower, missed last weekend's Pepsi 400 at Daytona but intends to be back at the track for this weekend's USG Sheetrock 400 at Chicagoland Speedway, near Joliet, Ill. Yates, 61, had surgery for kidney stones last week and was advised by doctors and family members to stay home and rest. The news here, of course, is that Yates missed a Daytona race for the first time since the 1960s, when he was beginning his apprenticeship with Ford's Holman-Moody stock-car powerhouse in Charlotte.(Ford Racing)(7-7-2005)
Marlin in Childress car? or maybe Yates? Jack Daniels Distillery says it is not lobbying for Columbia's Sterling Marlin to be the driver of the Nextel Cup car it sponsors, but it expects to be "consulted" about the decision. "We will support whatever decision (team owner) Richard Childress makes, but we will be consulted," said John Hayes, brand director for the Lynchburg-based distillery. Marlin said he was offered the job near the end of last season but turned it down to honor the final year of his contact with Chip Ganassi Racing. Childress hired Dave Blaney on a one-year contract. With Marlin now officially out at Ganassi after this season, there is speculation that he might join Childress and drive the Jack Daniels Chevrolet next year. Through 17 races, Blaney has one top-ten finish and is 27th in the standings. "Dave is a great guy and has been an excellent representative for us," Hayes said. "He is a talented driver but has had some bad luck this season. We got into this a little late (waiting for NASCAR to approve sponsorship by companies that produce hard liquor) and everything considered, Dave has done a good job." Jack Daniels has a multiyear contact to sponsor a Childress Nextel Cup car and Hayes said it is important that the car be "competitive." "We're the world's No. 1-selling whiskey, and being competitive is important to us in whatever we do," he said. "We're in the big leagues now."
Although Blaney has not been in contention to win, Hayes said the company is "very satisfied" with the exposure it has received during the first half of the season. "Our consumer research has been very positive," he said. "We rank seventh or eighth in merchandise sales and considering that we're competing against drivers like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jeff Gordon, that's very good. Right now we're very happy with where we are and we will definitely be back next season." Marlin said recently he hopes to learn his plans for next season "in the next few weeks."(Tennessean) or Yates: hearing that Marlin could be in a third Robert Yates Racing Ford in 2006, if they decide to field a third team. Yates recently said he had no plans for a third Cup team and would run the Busch team another year, while it was mentioned a few weeks before that RYR was looking into a third team with CitiFinacial sponsoring the team.(7--2005)
RYR gonna test...a lot before the Chase: Robert Yates Racing plans to test at every track that has a Cup race between now and Richmond in September with Elliott Sadler and Dale Jarrett.(Roanoke Times)(6-26-2005)
Third Yates Cup team in the works? UPDATE Denied: Robert Yates Racing [#38-Elliott Sadler, #88-Dale Jarrett] officials say the believe they need to move toward a third team, and efforts are in the works. Team manager Eddie d'Hondt said Saturday that he is to meet Tuesday in Baltimore with official of Citi Financial, current sponsor of RYR's Busch team, to see about a Cup program. Doug Yates, RYR president and leader of Roush/Yates Engines, said he understands that RYR has fallen behind the two majors, Roush and Hendrick, and that expansion is a competitive necessity. "That's the thing Robert and I always thought, that getting more teams was getting kind of greedy," Doug said. "We look back now [and realize] we missed the boat on it a little with all the opportunities we had." The RYR philosophy, as seen by Robert, has been the old Junior Johnson method: Let lesser teams develop the drivers, then snatch them up for the top seats when they are ready. It's a new world, Doug says, hinting that he has seen it coming. Yates and d'Hondt agreed that driver development will be a significant part of the team's future efforts, although Cup drivers Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler have driven RYR's newly-founded Busch car all year. d'Hondt said RYR needed to get the team up and running, with a veteran baseline, before throwing a newcomer into the seat.(Speed Channel Notebook)(6-12-2005)
UPDATE: Robert Yates Racing owner, Robert Yates [#38 and #88 Fords] said June 17th that hs is almost certain he will not have a third Nextel Cup team next season. Yates plans to continue fielding two Cup teams and a Busch Series team in 2006. "We're treating our Busch team more like it's a Cup team", Yates said. "I gives us a Saturday practice."(NASCAR Scene Magazine)(6-26-2005)
Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure may have to close CORRECTION NOT TRUE: Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure Inc. incurred a net loss for the quarter ended March 31 and says its auditors have expressed reservations about the company's ability to continue operating. The Denver, N.C., company, which operates a stock-car fantasy driving school at several tracks around the country, including one at Lowe's Motor Speedway, says in its SEC filing it has experienced a significant loss from operations, a result of investments necessary to achieve its operating plan. From the company's creation in 1998 through March 31, Dale Jarrett Racing has incurred net losses of nearly $4.8 million. The company has a working capital deficit of more than $1 million. The company says failure to secure equity financing, raise additional capital or attain profitable operations may result in the company depleting its available funds and not being able pay its obligations. This month, Dale Jarrett Racing announced it changed from a fiscal year ending June 30 to a calendar year ending Dec. 31 to better coincide with business planning and strategy.(Business Journal - Looks like they took the article off the site)(6-3-2005) CORRECTION: Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure says "We are not closing, in fact we are expanding our business:" Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, a company that has provided the thrill of driving a Nextel Cup car around NASCAR tracks nationwide to thousands of customers over the last 5 years, is going strong and growing every year. Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure is a publicly traded company under the symbol DJRT and files financial reports with the SEC every quarter. According to Tim Shannon, President, "Our first quarter, being winter, is traditionally our slowest. This is when the auditor usually is required to add the "going concern" statement which is based on only a few factors and does not accurately reflect the entire dynamic of the company. We have grown by 35% and more every year of the last four and have not had to raise any outside capital in the process and have no plans to do so in the near future. In fact, we are so pleased with our development that we have implemented a strategy to expand our business into other areas where the respected Dale Jarrett brand can bring benefit to companies and shareholders alike." Readers are encouraged to not only review all Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure filings with the SEC but to visit their website for more information about their unique product which features side
by side racing and passing at www.racingadventure.com.(Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure, 888-GO-RACE-1)(6-9-2005)
#99 Crew chief to #8? #88? One man currently on everyone's want list is Bob Osborne, crew chief for Roush Racing's #99, with driver Carl Edwards. Having two plum positions [#8 and #88] open should open up the market considerably.(Speed Channel)(5-25-2005)
Ford steps down as Jarrett's crew chief UPDATE Wilburn interim crew chief: Robert Yates Racing (RYR) announced that Mike Ford has elected to step down as crew chief for the #88 UPS/Robert Yates Racing NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series team and driver Dale Jarrett. Ford joined RYR in November 2003. “Mike made this decision based on what was in the best interest for himself and for his family,” said Eddie D’Hondt, general manager for RYR. “We obviously wish him the best in his future endeavors. We are actively pursuing someone to replace him,” D’Hondt continued. “Until we find the right individual for the job, we will fill the role in-house on an interim basis.”(RYR PR)(5-16-2005) UPDATE: Until a permanent replacement can be found for the role of crew chief, the duties of crew chief will be filled on an interim basis. Filling that role this weekend for Team UPS is veteran crew chief Bill Wilburn who served as crew chief for Rusty Wallace during the 2003 NASCAR season [and was Brendan Gaughan's crew cheif on the #77 Truck Series team for the 1st 5 races this year)(UPS Racing Site)(5-19-2005)
Yates, Evernham and DEI up to 3 teams? #38 and #88 team owner, Robert Yates, is expected to add a third Cup team in 2006, if current Busch sponsor CitiFinancial is willing to make the move. "We'd like to develop a young driver and advance him to Cup," Yates Racing G.M. Eddie D'Hondt says. Three seems to be the magic number for most Cup organizations. Evernham Motorsports (#91-Gaughan?)) and Dale Earnhardt Inc. (#1-Truex Jr.) also are expected to expand to three full-time cars next season.(Sporting News)(5-16-2005)
Special Mother's Day Scheme for Jarrett UPDATE: #88-Dale Jarrett is scheduled to drive a car with a childhood image of Dale driving Ned Jarrett's race car at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, May 7th in honor of his mother for Mother's Day which is May 8th.(12-20-2004) UPDATE: #15-Michael Waltrip and #45-Kyle Petty have been added to the Mother's Day special paint scheme program at Darlington.(RacingOne)(1-7-2005) UPDATE 2 - This weekend, drivers take a moment to remember Mom in Darlington Last year, several NASCAR drivers teamed up with Action Performance Companies Inc., to wish their "NASCAR Dads" a Happy Father's Day via a race day program at Michigan International Speedway. Now, some "NASCAR Moms" are getting their due. Veteran drivers #88-Dale Jarrett and #45-Kyle Petty will pilot Happy Mother's Day-edition race cars during the 500-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series at Darlington Raceway. Jarrett's #88 UPS Ford Taurus will include a nod to his mother, Martha, while Petty will roll out the #45 Georgia-Pacific/Brawny Dodge Charger with a Happy Mother's Day dedication to his mom, Lynda. In keeping with NASCAR's long-standing tradition of no stock car races held on the actual Mother's Day holiday, the cars will run on Saturday night, May 7, 2005. Martha Jarrett, Lynda Petty and several other NASCAR Moms will be on hand to announce racing's most famous tagline with an appropriate twist: Sons and Gentlemen, start your engines. This year's participants in the Happy Mother's Day program also are eligible for a $10,000 cash bonus. The prize will be awarded to the highest finishing driver, who then will present it to his mother or her favorite charitable organization. A percentage of the proceeds from the sales of the Happy Mother's Day die-cast have been earmarked to benefit the Victory Junction Gang Camp. The collectibles will be available through Action's usual distribution channels, including the Action Racing Collectables distributor network and Racing Collectables Club of America. To locate an ARC distributor, please call 1-800-411-8404. To join RCCA, call 1-800-952-0708 or visit www.goracing.com.(Action Performance) or see my Collectible Links page for places to buy them. And looks lime Waltrip was droped from the program or never part of it.(5-7-2005)
Yates Looking to start 3rd Team? Robert Yates is cranking up plans for a third Ford team next season, and every top NASCAR crew chief worth his salt is looking at that opportunity - particularly if Yates can snare a hotshot driver. The top two drivers mentioned so far are Martin Truex Jr. [denied he is looking, working on contract with DEI, denied by Yates] and Reed Sorenson [under contract with Ganassi]. Yates is expected to go after at least one of Chevrolet's top crew chiefs to run the team. Two men he has his eye on are Tony Eury Jr., at Dale Earnhardt Inc., and Todd Berrier at Richard Childress Racing. Yates, however, may be battling rival car owner Ray Evernham of Dodge for both driver and crew chief. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Truex's teammate and friend at DEI, said he has talked with Truex, who still doesn't have a contract. "I asked him how he felt, and I feel real confident he means what he says, and that he wants to be with us," Earnhardt said. "My contract took about six months to work itself out. You want everything done today or tomorrow, but you have to understand it takes time. It's good to be patient in this situation. I'm sure it will get done."(Winston Salen Journal)(4-26-2005)
Jarrett, Riggs and Herbie UPDATE 2 : #88-Dale Jarrett will help promote the movie "Herbie: Fully Loaded" with a special paint scheme at Richmond in May. This is the same movie, which features Lindsay Lohan, Matt Dillon and Michael Keaton, that was filmed during the 2004 Pop Secret 500 weekend Sept. 3-5 at California Speedway.(RacingOne)(1-7-2005) UPDATE - Another Herbie scheme: Scott Riggs will have the movie "Herbie: Fully Loaded" on his #10 Chevrolet at Daytona in July. As announced last month, Riggs will join #88-Dale Jarrett, who will race a Herbie paint scheme at Richmond [in May], as the second driver to promote the movie, which has scenes filmed at California Speedway.(RacingOne)(2-24-2005)
UPDATE 2: UPS is partnering with Walt Disney Pictures for the feature film release of Herbie: Fully Loaded. UPS is bringing the famous red, white and blue colors of old 53, the beloved Volkswagen Beetle to the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. Dale Jarrett will reveal the special paint scheme he will race in conjunction with the release of Walt Disney Pictures’ Herbie: Fully Loaded. Walt Disney Pictures’ Herbie: Fully Loaded will be released nationwide on Friday June 24 and stars Lindsay Lohan, Justin Long, Breckin Meyer,
Matt Dillon and Michael Keaton.(UPS Racing)(4-14-2005) IMAGES Disney, UPS Racing, Valvoline Racing and Action Performance Companies Inc. announced details and unveiled vehicles that center around the upcoming summer feature film, Herbie: Fully Loaded. In Herbie: Fully Loaded, Actress Lindsay Lohan stars as Maggie Peyton, the new owner of the No. 53 “Love Bug.” In this installment of the popular Disney film series, Herbie takes on NASCAR® as the famous Volkswagen aims for the winner’s circle in stock car racing’s most challenging series. In September 2004, several scenes for Herbie: Fully Loaded were filmed at California Speedway during pace laps of the weekend’s NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup Series races. The movie will speed into theaters nationwide on June 24, 2005.
As a way to welcome Herbie into the NASCAR ranks, the #88 UPS Ford Taurus, driven by Dale Jarrett, and the #10 Valvoline Chevy Monte Carlo, piloted by Scott Riggs, both will feature the “Herbie 53” paint scheme during two distinct NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series events. Jarrett and the No. 88 UPS Racing team will salute Herbie during the difficult road course race at Infineon Raceway on June 26. Meanwhile, Riggs and the No. 10 Valvoline team will introduce Herbie to the most famous superspeedway in NASCAR – Daytona International Speedway – for the 400-mile midsummer night race on July 2. The #10 Valvoline/Herbie: Fully Loaded Chevrolet also will appear this fall during the 500-mile NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 13, 2005.
See schemes of the cars on my #10 Team Scheme page and the #88 Team Scheme page.(Action Performace PR)(4-16-2005)
Truex looking elsewhere? Yates? Denied by Yates: Martin Truex Jr., 2004 Busch Series Champ, is reported to be working the marketplace, and one report has Dodge's Ray Evernham and Ford's Robert Yates both interested in Truex. But Yates denies he's looking at Truex. "We're set for next year (with Elliott Sadler and Dale Jarrett)," Yates said. "Now if we were going to do a third, we'd be looking around. That might be on our wish list, but it's not done yet, and I don't know that we're going to do that. And I have not talked with Martin. But I am impressed with him. Now that you mention it, that's a great idea."(Winston Salem Journal)(4-16-2005)
Jarrett to test at Kentucky: Dale Jarrett is scheduled to test his #88 UPS Ford at the Kentucky Speedway on Tuesday, April 19. Fans can view testing from the designated area outside the Fan Center in Turn 3 at no charge.(Kentucky Speedway)(4-12-2005)
The Force will be with Sadler and Jarrett at Phoenix: Storm troopers, a wookiee, Darth Vader and the Yellow M&M’S Brand Character M-Vader are all potential sights at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) on April 23, 2005. Add NASCAR Nextel Cup drivers and teammates Elliott Sadler and Dale Jarrett and the Star Wars Chocolate M-Pire is complete. This fun collaboration of characters is part a promotion between Masterfoods USA and the Lucasfilm for the May 19 release of Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith. Masterfoods USA is debuting limited edition Dark Chocolate M&M’S in celebration of the year’s most anticipated theatrical release.
M&M’S and UPS are uniting under the banner of the Star Wars Chocolate M-Pire but are separated by dark Darth and light Jedi sides.
Supporting characters include Sadler’s ‘Darth Side’ team members and a specially designed #38 Dark Chocolate M&M’S Ford Taurus. UPS driver Jarrett and crew will channel the positive power of the Force through the efforts of the #88 UPS/Milk Chocolate M&M’S Ford Taurus representing the Jedi. Some of the popular M&M’S Characters are for the first time joining Jarrett on the #88 UPS/Milk Chocolate M&M’S Ford Taurus including Sadler’s personal favorite, Green. Action Performance Companies, the leader in licensed motorsports retail, is the official supplier of Star Wars themed NASCAR merchandise.(Action Performance/M&M's Racing/Evelvation Group), see images of the schemes on my #38 Team Schemes page and #88 Team Schemes page.(4-5-2005)
RYR Loses an engineer to Champ Cars: The Champ Car World Series named veteran race engineer Scot Elkins Director of Technology in the Champ Car Operations Department. Elkins assumes Director of Technology responsibilities after serving most recently as Chief Engineer at Robert Yates Racing where he was responsible for all engineering functions for the NASCAR team. His duties included race simulations, race day fuel mileage calculation and Damper build specifications. Elkins also headed up the team’s wind tunnel and seven post testing programs.(Ford Racing)(3-18-2005)
Not NASCAR, but some ties: Venturini Motorsports, which fields the #25 Central Merchant Services - ReadyHosting.com Chevrolet in the ARCA RE/MAX Series, announced today that Jason Jarrett is set to replace injured driver, Billy Venturini. Venturini, who was injured during the season opener at Daytona, is sidelined indefinitely with a broken neck as a result of his injuries. Jason Jarrett, who brings his own family legacy to the team won the RE/MAX Series Rookie of the year in 2001, earned the prestigious Bill
France Triple Crown in 2003 and was runner up in the RE/MAX Series point battle twice in the last four years. Although the team cannot confirm how long Billy Venturini will be out, doctors estimate it could be as long as 6 months. Jarrott said, "I want to thank Dale Jarrett.com and the Dale Jarrett Fan Club for their support in making this opportunity possible." For more information visit www.venturinimotorsports.com and www.jasonjarrett.com.(3-13-2005)
BBQ Pole Award: Wayne Wilkins, owner and operator of Huckleberry's BBQ, based out of Pine Mountain Ga., delivered on his word to cater any NASCAR team winning the Bud Pole Award with his famous BBQ chicken and ribs. Robert Yates Racing employees were treated to an overload of chicken and ribs generously donated by Wilkins. Dale Jarrett and his #88 UPS Ford Taurus won the Bud Pole Award at Daytona. The tradition began for Huckleberry's when Bruton Smith, Chairman of Speedway Motorsports Inc., contacted Wilkins on a recommendation from the Georgia State Patrol. Wilkins, unaware of the NASCAR industry and the demand involved, graciously accepted the offer to cater Smith's SMI facilities. As demands grew from drivers and teams requesting his famous BBQ chicken and ribs, Huckleberry's became known as the "Official Ribs of Speedway Motorsports Inc., supplying exclusively to drivers and crew. Fans who witness a steady flow of teams making their way over to the Huckleberry trailer, hope Wilkins will change his mind and supply them with the same. Huckleberry's is working on a way to incorporate sales to the public. "Huckleberry's BBQ Sauce" will be sold on line by early summer. Trackside sales at any SMI location are in the near future. Huckleberry's BBQ proudly supports Speedway Children's Charities, donating portions of their proceeds directly to the charity. While many have shown interest in sponsoring Huckleberry's and their Pole Award BBQ, the right opportunity has not come along. "I created and protect my investment" states Wilkins "I have not considered adding a sponsor to join us because I just don't feel right about it yet. If a company is interested, I'll listen but I won't be quick to sign anything. I have to feel right about it, that's all. This is a big opportunity but I want the right people with me and they have to have to share the same passion as I do." No word if they made it over to Kyle Busch's shop yet...(3-12-2005)
Seven Drivers in Tylenol Spots: Johnson & Johnson has signed endorsement deals with seven Nextel Cup drivers to promote the launch of Tylenol's Extra Strength Rapid Release Gels, Street & Smiths's SportsBusiness Journal reports. Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson, Dale Jarrett, Kevin Harvick, Matt Kenseth and Elliott Sadler make up Team Tylenol. The campaign will include television ads during race broadcasts and sponsorship at 11 tracks. Earnhardt Jr. and Gordon are scheduled to be featured on packages of the product sold during the third quarter of the year. Exact financial terms of the deal were not reported, but the story by Terry Lefton says the entire campaign is "an eight-figure investment."(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(3-8-2005)
Jarrett to Race the Truck: Dale Jarrett, whose #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford is sponsored by UPS, will be featured in a UPS commercial scheduled to run during Sunday's broadcast of the Daytona 500 in which he finally agrees to race the bulky UPS delivery truck. The new commercial is the fifth installment of the popular "Race the Truck" advertising campaign.(NASCAR Scene Daily Newsletter)(2-18-2005)
Robert Yates Racing to launch website: Robert Yates Racing officially arrives in 2005. Team Owner, Robert Yates and General Manager, Eddie D'Hondt along with the entire RYR organization is proud to announce the arrival of their "Official Website"
www.RYR.com - set to launch Saturday, February 19, 2005. RYR acquired the talents of Planning Group International, based out of Miami, FL, who designed and executed this much anticipated website. www.RYR.com stands as a tribute to everyone, past, present and future, responsible for making their organization the success it is today. "Everyone here at RYR is a valuable part of this organization. With this, our only official website, we want to welcome our family, sponsors, friends, and most of all, our fans, to visit our race shop and add some insight as to what takes place not only at the track but behind the scenes as well" says Robert Yates, proudly. "Not only are we honored and proud of our sponsors, drivers and crew chiefs, we wouldn't be who we are without those who are here day in and day out. We are all apart of one team". RYR fans can now log on [on and after Feb 19th] and listen to Robert Yates and his NASCAR Nextel Cup Series drivers, Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler, as they welcome you for the virtual tour through their home at Robert Yates Racing and introduce you to their new NASCAR Busch Series #90 CitiFinancial Ford Team. Jarrett and Sadler are scheduled to share driving duties throughout the 2005 season. The #90 race team is set to debut at California Speedway on February 26, 2005. www.RYR.com is sure to satisfy your curiosity with sections that feature Robert Yates with career timeline, stats and highlights, and his prized possession, his family. Each month Yates will enter his personal thoughts on the progression of the 2005 season, in this diary prepared especially for his loyal fans. Walk through the RYR facility and each department as you learn
something new everyday about their teams, members, and sponsors; along with announcements and paint schemes. Get up to the minute race results through Sportsticker, designed to provide RYR fans the opportunity to find qualifying results, the latest news, photos, schedules, and standings quickly and conveniently. www.RYR.com will also feature RYR merchandise and apparel.(RYR PR)(2-16-2005)
Jarrett wins the Daytona 500 pole: #88-Dale Jarrett won the Budweiser Pole for the Daytona 500 with a speed of 188.312mph, his 3rd Daytona 500 pole, 4th ever at Daytona and first in 93 races [Michigan 6/2002]. The last time Jarrett won the Daytona 500 pole  he won the race. #48-Jimmie Johnson will start 2nd with a speed of 188.170mph. Four drivers who are not in the top 35 in 2005 Owners Points made the race being faster then the other 22 drivers not in the top 35: #11-Leffler, #36-Said, #23-Skinner and #14-Andretti. For qualifying results and some notes, see my Jayski's Semi-Live Daytona 500 Qualifying Page.(2-13-2005)
Jarrett testing: mentioned during FOX's Daytona 500 qualifying, #88-Dale Jarrett [the pole sitter] will test a short track car at USA International Speedway in Lakeland, FL on Monday and Tuesday.(2-14-2005)
Jarrett wins golf contest: In the final round of a pre-Super Bowl charity event, Nextel Cup driver #88-Dale Jarrett was the only player to put a drive onto the celebrated island par-3 17th green at the TPC at Sawgrass, winning $10,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. As part of the FOX Super Bowl XXXIX pregame show, Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing teammate Elliott Sadler and Penske Racing's Rusty Wallace with coach PGA Tour player Fred Funk made up one of three teams of professional athletes to take part in the charity event. An MLB team was made up of Atlanta Braves starting pitcher John Smoltz, Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop Royce Clayton and Florida Marlins starting pitcher Al Leiter with Senior PGA player Fuzzy Zoeller as coach. And an NFL team was represented by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jerome Bettis and Chicago Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher with Senior PGA player Jim Thorpe as coach. In the final round, Jarrett faced off against Green and Smoltz, and the Pro Bowler and All-Star missed the green while the three-time Daytona 500 winner put only the third ball of the 18 struck in the competition on the putting surface.(FoxSports.com)(2-7-2005)
RYR beefs up pit crews: Andy Ward, who helped build the crew that led Matt Kenseth to back-to-back pit-crew championships, has become the pit-stop coach for Dale Jarrett's team. Robert Yates Racing also has acquired Ryan McCray, an ace member of Jimmie Johnson's crew, for Elliott Sadler's team.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(1-27-2005) Hearing that Ward will be with the #38 and not the #88, former #20 team tire changer will be the front tire changer.(1-28-2005)
Jarrett plans to run three more seasons: "A lot of good things have happened at Robert Yates Racing in the last year after Mike Ford came in and reorganized everything. Our focus for 2005 is clearly to get back to victory lane...I've given it a lot of thought and I've seen a lot of the guys my age getting ready to retire, but they started earlier than I did, so I am going to stay at it a little longer. My contract is for two more years, but I'd like to stay around a little longer. If Robert and Doug Yates and UPS would have me back, I think I would look at racing through probably 2007. I have a minimum of two years and probably three left."(LMS Media Tour Quotes)(1-27-2005)
Dale Jarrett to Continue Support of Komen Foundation: NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series driver Dale Jarrett announced today that he and his wife Kelley will continue their support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation through a new on-track performance-based program they created. The Dale Jarrett Foundation, formed by Dale and Kelley in 2002, will provide the primary funding for the new program. With Ford Credit not returning as an associate sponsor of the #88 UPS Ford this season, Dale and Kelley Jarrett began looking for a way to continue their support of the Komen Foundation. Ultimately, they decided to create their own performance-based program benefiting Komen. The Jarrett’s new program will generate donations of $10,000 when Dale wins, $7,500 for second place, $5,000 for third, $4,500 for fourth, $4,000 for fifth and decrease by $500 increments to $1,500 for 10th place finishes. Each pole position earned by Jarrett will generate an additional $5,000 donation.(Dale Jarrett Foundation PR)(1-27-2005)
Jarrett and Herbie: #88-Dale Jarrett will help promote the movie "Herbie: Fully Loaded" with a special paint scheme at Richmond in May. This is the same movie, which features Lindsay Lohan, Matt Dillon and Michael Keaton, that was filmed during the 2004 Pop Secret 500 weekend Sept. 3-5 at California Speedway.(RacingOne)(1-7-2005)
Special Mother's Day Scheme for Jarrett UPDATE: #88-Dale Jarrett is scheduled to drive a car with a childhood image of Dale driving Ned Jarrett's race car at Darlington Raceway on Saturday, May 7th in honor of his mother for Mother's Day which is May 8th.(12-20-2004) UPDATE: #15-Michael Waltrip and #45-Kyle Petty have been added to the Mother's Day special paint scheme program at Darlington.(RacingOne)(1-7-2005)
Star Wars Schemes at Phoenix: #38-Elliott Sadler, #88-Dale Jarrett and #24-Jeff Gordon will celebrate the opening (May 19, 2005) of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith with special paint schemes scheduled to race at Phoenix [April 23rd]. Sadler's M&M's car will feature "The Dark Side" with the M&M's characters dressed up as Darth Vader and other members of the dark side. Jarrett will also have M&M's on his car? and will feature "The Good Side" with characters like R2-D2 and Princess Leia. No word yet on what Gordon will have on his car.(RacingOne)(12-9-2004)
Jason Jarrett looking: ML Motorsports officials have confirmed that Jason Jarrett, driver of the #67 ML Motorsports ARCA Series Chevrolet since 2001, has been released as the team’s driver.(RacingOne), Jason is the son of 1999 Cup Champ Dale Jarrett and grandson of 2 time Cup Champ Ned Jarrett.(11-5-2004)
Jarrett does taping for Herbie: #88-Dale Jarrett’s trip to the west coast will include a trip to Burbank, Calif., where he will be participating in the filming of the movie Herbie: Fully Loaded. Jarrett was scheduled to film a small role as himself Tuesday on the studio set for the film.(Elevation Motorsports PR)(11-3-2004)
Jarrett talks to NASCAR about chase changes: #88-Dale Jarrett has been talking with NASCAR executives about possible changes to the championship points system for next season. "After the first race at Loudon, where Tony (Stewart) and Jeremy (Mayfield) had their problems, I would propose that you would take those 10 teams and, even though they're still racing against everybody, that their point structure would only be for those 10 cars," Jarrett said. "Say Jeff Gordon finished fifth and he was the first one of those 10 drivers; he would get the 180 points for being the highest finisher of those, and then the next guy might be Elliott, who might finish 10th, but he would be the second-highest and he would get 170. "The most anybody could lose would be somewhere between 50 and 55 points, so you're going to keep everybody closer for an extended period of time."(Winston Salem Journal)(10-10-2004)
Ford Donates $5000: Dale Jarrett's third-place finish in the EA Sports 500 at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday results in another $5,000 donation from Ford Credit to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Ford Credit, a sponsor of Jarrett's No. 88 UPS NASCAR NEXTEL Cup
Series Taurus, now has donated $706,300 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses since 1998 - including $37,500 in 2004. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Jarrett's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish and $5,000 for each pole position won (as fastest qualifier). Earlier this year, Jarrett won the non-points Bud Shootout at Daytona, finished second at Indianapolis, and finished third at Chicago and both Michigan races.(Ford Racing PR)(10-8-2004)
Dale Jarrett Named 3rd Qtr NASCAR USG Person of the Year: Using his love of golf, Dale Jarrett recently hosted two golf outings to raise approximately $100,000 for the Dale Jarrett Foundation. In addition, the Dale Jarrett Foundation co-hosted a benefit concert in Hickory, N.C. for the new C.O. Miller Teen Center at the Hickory Foundation YMCA. Jarrett and his wife, Kelley founded the Dale Jarrett Foundation, which supports the Victory Junction Gang Camp, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Brenner Children’s Hospital, Hospice and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, in 2002. For his efforts, Jarrett has been named the third quarter NASCAR USG Person of the Year winner. USG (United States Gypsum), an Official Promotional Partner of NASCAR, is in its second year as sponsor of the NASCAR USG Person of the Year program. The award is designed to honor drivers not only for their accomplishments on the track, but for their community service contributions and charitable efforts.
To determine the NASCAR USG Person of the Year Award winner, the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season is divided into four quarters. Drivers are nominated for their off-track efforts during each quarter, and a select group of panelists will choose one of the four quarterly finalists as the NASCAR USG Person of the Year. This award will be presented the week of the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series Awards Ceremony in New York City in early December, along with a prize of $100,000. The prize will be divided evenly between the driver and the charity of his/her choice. Other notable nominees are Jeff Gordon, Jimmie Johnson and Jeff Burton. Gordon was the first quarter nominee, while Elliott Sadler was named the second quarter nominee.
In addition to the NASCAR USG Person of the Year, USG also sponsors the Driver of the Race Award, which goes to the eligible winning driver of each of the 36 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series championship events. Each USG Driver of the Race Award winner receives $2,500 with an additional $2,500 going to the charity of his/her choice.(NASCAR PR)(10-6-2004)
Jarrett's 3rd place at MIS, Ford Credit donates another $5000: #88-Dale Jarrett's third-place finish in the GFS 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday results in another $5,000 donation from Ford Credit to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Ford Credit, a sponsor of the #88 UPS Taurus, now has donated $701,300 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses since 1998 - including $32,500 in 2004. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Jarrett's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish and$5,000 for each pole position won (as fastest qualifier). Earlier this year, Jarrett won the non-points Bud Shootout at Daytona, finished second at Indianapolis, and finished third at both Chicago and the first race at Michigan. To learn more about Race Fans for a Cure®, the Komen Foundation, Ford Credit and their efforts in the fight against breast cancer, race fans can log on to www.racefansforacure.com.(PR)(8-25-2004)
Special Scheme for Jarrett to be announced [see IMAGE] UPDATE: there will be an announcement on Thursday, August 11 that Dale Jarrett will run a special paint scheme on the #88 UPS Ford. The UPS Site says it will be 'scary'. And got an image of the Halloween themed scheme, see my #88 Team Paint Schemes page or 2004 Cup Paint Schemes page for the image.(8-10-2004) UPDATE: UPS delivers The Universal Monsters to Atlanta Motor Speedway this Halloween as Dale Jarrett and Robert Yates Racing will field and drive the #88 UPS/Universal Monsters Ford. The UPS Ford loses its customary brown, white and gold paint for the haunting look of Monsters. Riding aboard the orange and brown UPS Ford on Halloween 2004 are Frankenstein and his Bride, The Wolfman, The Mummy, Dracula, Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Invisible Man. In addition to the participation of Jarrett and Team UPS, Elliott Sadler and the #38 M&M's® team will race a Halloween-themed paint scheme.(UPS Site)(8-14-2004)
Robby to have his own Cup team again? UPDATE to Yates? Robby Gordon's future plans continue to be the subject of debate, and the veteran driver continues dodging the media. The latest report is that he's considering building his own Nextel Cup team for next season.(Winston Salem Journal)(8-9-2004) OR TO YATES? hearing Robby Gordon could be heading to Robert Yates Racing, a third team? with Citi Financial as the sponsor?(8-10-2004)
Two more years for Jarrett...at least: #88-Dale Jarrett will continue in the Nextel Cup Series for at least two more seasons. “I think what I’m looking at as far as myself, I know that this isn’t something I’m going to do for 10 more years,” he said. “I can assure you of that. How many, I don’t know, but I know that I have two more years after this that I’m going to do this, and I wanted to lay the groundwork here to get our team back to where we could compete at a high level. That could benefit us for the next two years, and we knew that it was going to take the majority of the season to accomplish that [getting the team back up to speed]. That was basically what I was looking for with our team. Now what will happen after the 2006 season, if I’m still competitive? … I may continue on from there. But we’ll just have to see that as we go, but I looked at this year as one to help us rebuild and solidify ourselves for the next two years coming up.”(Gaston Gazette)(8-8-2004)
Yates Promotion: hearing that longtime Robert Yates Racing employee, Tim Lancaster has been promoted from the manager of the Machine Shop to Production Manager of RYR.(7-27-2004)
DJ Fan Club offers spcial deal ofr all LMS race: The Dale Jarrett Fan Club is offering a special deal for the UAW-GM Quality 500 weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Join Dale Jarrett Fans and Club members in a special VIP suite for 3 days of racing that includes pre-race pit passes, great buffet, closed circuit TVs, soft back chairs, and a great view of the track. This race is part of the Chase for the Championship and you can be there for qualifying, the Busch race and the Cup race. Three days in a VIP Suite for only $600. Seats are limited call Mike Jones at 704-455-4368 and be a V.I.P. see the race in STYLE!(7-26-2004)
More on the Mexico Race: NASCAR should have an announcement in the next few weeks regarding a Busch race in Mexico City, which has been the main sticking point of the 2005 Busch schedule. NASCAR also will introduce a 10-year deal to run a touring series at the complex. With plans to race in Canada also in the works, NASCAR could expand its operations to three countries in North America.(Foxsports/Sporting News)(7-26-2004)
Jarrett's 3rd helps out: Dale Jarrett's third-place finish in the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday results in another $5,000 donation from Ford Credit to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Ford Credit, a sponsor of the #88 UPS Taurus, now has donated $688,800 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses since 1998 - including $20,000 in 2004. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Jarrett's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish and $5,000 for each pole position won (as fastest qualifier).(Team Ford Racing)(7-15-2004)
RYR to try a Busch team again UPDATE..the young driver?: Robert Yates Racing will add a Busch team to its stable for 2005. Yates will run Elliott Sadler, Dale Jarrett and a younger driver in the car. "Our drivers are interested in the companion knowledge that could be gained by running in the Busch races," Robert Yates says. Although a sponsor has not been announced, Citibank, which recently signed on as an associate sponsor on the #38 (Sadler) and #88 (Jarrett) Nextel Cup cars, could be a possibility.(FoxSports/SportingNews)(6-28-2004) UPDATE: hearing the younger driver will be David Regan and that their will be an announcement in Daytona on Saturday.(7-1-2004)
New Assoc for Yates? UPDATE 3: hearing that Citibank (Citi Financial Group) has signed on as an associate sponsor for the #88 UPS / RYR Ford with driver Dale Jarrett, supposedly will be officially announced at Daytona next week.(6-23-2004) UPDATE: also hear the #38 will pick up associate sponsorship from Citibank.(6-27-2004) UPDATE 2 - RYR to try a Busch team again: Robert Yates Racing will add a Busch team to its stable for 2005. Yates will run Elliott Sadler, Dale Jarrett and a younger driver in the car. "Our drivers are interested in the companion knowledge that could be gained by running in the Busch races," Robert Yates says. Although a sponsor has not been announced, Citibank, which recently signed on as an associate sponsor on the #38 (Sadler) and #88 (Jarrett) Nextel Cup cars, could be a possibility.(FoxSports/SportingNews)(6-28-2004) UPDATE 3: Robert Yates, owner of Robert Yates Racing (RYR), announced a new partnership with CitiFinancial. Effective immediately, CitiFinancial is an associate sponsor of Robert Yates Racing, the #88 UPS race car driven by Dale Jarrett, and the #38 M&M’S race car driven by Elliott Sadler. CitiFinancial will be the exclusive financial service company for Robert Yates Racing. The partnership with Robert Yates Racing is CitiFinancial’s first foray into NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Racing. As part of the organization’s new
association with Robert Yates Racing, CitiFinancial decals will be part of the #88 and #38 paint schemes for the rest of the 2004
NASCAR season, beginning with this weekend’s NEXTEL Cup event at Daytona International Speedway. CitiFinancial, a member of Citigroup, the world’s largest financial services company, is the leading community-based lender in North America, serving more than 8 million customers through more than 2100 offices in 48 states and Canada. Additional information may be found at www.citifinancial.com.(6-30-2004)
Ford Credit donates thanks to Jarrett's 3rd-place finish: #88-Dale Jarrett's third-place finish in the DHL 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday results in another $5,000 donation from Ford Credit to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Ford Credit, a sponsor of the #88 UPS Taurus, now has donated $683,800 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses since 1998 - including $15,000 in 2004 (Jarrett won the non-points Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway in February). Ford Credit gives the Komen
Foundation $10,000 for each of Jarrett's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish and $5,000 for
each pole position won (as fastest qualifier).(Campbell Co. PR)(6-23-2004)
Jarrett helps out [$$] Kenseth? At least two people inside the NASCAR garage said Dale Jarrett gave fellow Ford driver Matt Kenseth a large bill to help pay his $25,000 fine for last week's bumping incident with Kevin Harvick.(The State)(6-20-2004)
Roush to buy out Yates? DENIED: Garage sources have told Sporting News insider Lee Spencer that Roush Racing has offered to purchase Robert Yates Racing, expanding their engine partnership to team ownership in an effort to pool Ford's Nextel Cup resources. The Yates camp says the rumors are rubbish.(FoxSports/Sporting News)(5-11-2004) UPDATE: Robert Yates denied a report that Jack Roush is buying part or all of Robert Yates Racing. The two NASCAR Nextel Cup car owners are partnering with Ford on an engine-building company, but Yates said that's as far as it will go.(NASCAR.com), Yates also thinks Jayski supplements his "guy's" income, sure doesn't know what he is talking about.....(5-15-2004)
New engine builder at DEI...from Yates? hearing former Yates engine man, Dennis Schoenfeld has left Robert Yates Racing [#38 and #88] and took the head engine builder job at Dale Earnhardt Inc.[DEI](5-11-2004)
New Engine Man for RYR: Engine man Mike Hawkins has joined Robert Yates Racing as the tuner for Dale Jarrett. Hawkins will be reunited with crew chief Mike Ford. They formerly worked at Evernham Motorsports.(FoxSports/Sporting News)(4-5-2004)
Jarrett's Budweiser Shootout win yields Ford Credit Donation: Dale Jarrett's victory in the Bud Shootout at Daytona International Speedway last weekend results in another $10,000 donation from Ford Credit to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Ford Credit now has donated $652,500 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses since 1998. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Jarrett's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish and $5,000 for each pole position won (as fastest qualifier).(Team Ford Racing), see the 2004 Race Fans for a Cure Schedule on my Racing Charities page.(2-15-2004)
Sales Up for DJ: The Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure announced that Holiday Sales recorded in December of 2003 were 68% above last year's sales. The Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure was created to fill the public's need for adventure, excitement and most importantly SPEED! The founders of DJRT have assembled the finest and most authentic equipment available, the most professional and creative staff and the fastest and most aggressive NASCAR driving school in the world. The Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure allows participants the thrill of getting behind the wheel of an actual race-driven, 600-hp NASCAR Winston Cup stock car. Winston Cup Champions Dale and Ned Jarrett along with Glenn Jarrett and Arca racing series driver Jason Jarrett represent the school. The school is also represented by three times NFL MVP quarterback Brett Favre. For more information on Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure visit www.racingadventure.com.(Yahoo Biz)(1-14-2004)
Roush and Yates? UPDATE 3 mergine engine programs: hearing Robert Yates Racing and Roush Racing are teaming up to build engines together at Yates engine shop?
hearing it's a two way technology transfer as chassis info is headed back to Yates' group from Roush. It's along the lines of GM's "Key Partners" group. The idea is to have the gear as optimized as it can be, then race amongst themselves for the win ---- which is what GM's been doing with great success this year.(11-13-2003) UPDATE: hearing more and more unconfirmed rumors that Roush Racing is buying out Roberts Yates two car operation [#38 and #88], but that Yates would maintain the engine side of things and build engines for all seven teams [Yates #38, #88; Roush's #6, #16, #17, #97, #99] and run an engine lease operation.(1-4-2004) UPDATE 2: been told that Roush is not buying Yates out, but Yates is supposedly doing some engine work for Roush.(1-5-2004) AND see a column at FoxSports: A Roush-Yates alliance could be RAD for Ford.(1-6-2004) UPDATE 3: A few versions of how it's playing out: "Jack Roush is buying Robert Yates Racing"; Robert Yates Engines has become the "Official Ford Engine builder of NASCAR" or, as a longer story has it, a Ford Motor Company executive one day wondered why Ford's top teams didn't collaborate on their stock car programs. "Ford has encouraged them to work together, particularly with the new cylinder head having been approved by NASCAR during the offseason," Ford Motorsports spokesman Dan Zacharias said Tuesday. "Roush has not bought Robert Yates; Yates is not building all of the Ford engines used in NASCAR." Finally, the story continues, the Ford executive got the guys together and asked them: "Why don't you all just work together?" Everyone involved supposedly likes the idea that each would no longer waste money on producing something that the other can bring to the table and have, supposedly, already started doing just that. "They've established a cooperative arrangement to work together instead, to get everybody up to speed."(in part from a Daytona Beach News Journal column) UPDATE 3a: Two of the biggest names in NASCAR racing, car owners Robert Yates and Jack Roush, are merging their engine-building operations, in a stunning development for the two long-time rivals. The move comes, Roush said, to meet the challenge of a tremendous influx of European Formula One technology into stock-car racing over the past 18 months and the pending Toyota challenge. At the moment, the Roush-Yates merger involves only engine technology, but sources said that the opportunity is now there for much tighter work between the two Ford camps - Yates, with drivers Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler, and Roush, with drivers Matt Kenseth, Mark Martin, Jeff Burton, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle. "Ford has encouraged Robert and me to have a 'technology transfer' to become competitive with what Toyota is bringing and what Chevrolet is doing and what Dodge has done," Roush said. The Ford thing has been disjointed. Robert and I didn't cooperate, and Ford was not in a position to carry any amount of meaningful technology to both of us, even though both of us were being funded for different projects. The agreement was to help our programs singularly, but that is just not going to work going forward, because you can't have half a program and get the whole result. So we're working to organize how to build better engines by taking both programs and putting them together. Beyond that there are discussions that could lead to deeper involvements, but those aren't finalized at this point." Some crewmen sense an even deeper merger of the two camps may be looming.(Winston Salem Journal)(1-7-2004)
Parker leaves Yates? UPDATE: hearing that former #88 Crew Chief, Shawn Parker have parted ways. Mike Ford was named a few weeks ago as Jarrett's new crew cheif. No word on Parker's plans.(12-15-2003) UPDATE: Crew chief Shawn Parker will attend the Truck Series test session at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 10-12 with Ultra Motorsports [#'s 1 and 2]. Parker is listed as the chief mechanic for driver Ted Musgrave on Ultra's #1 truck. Former #1 Truck crew chief, Gene Nead, was promoted to crew chief on Ultra Motorsports' #7 Nextel Cup Dodge driven by Jimmy Spencer. Nead replaced Tommy Baldwin Jr., who went to Evernham Motorsports to work with rookie Kasey Kahne.(NASCAR.com)(1-3-2004)
New #88 Baby: #88 Scorer, Bertica Mullis and #88 employee Tommy Mullis welcomed Gabriella Marina Lopez Mullis at 3:15pm December 28, 2003, 7lbs, 5 ozs. and all are doing well.(12-30-2003)
Arnold Palmer and UPS at Atlanta UPDATE: Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, whose popularity transcends the sport of golf, will enter his 50th consecutive Masters tournament in Augusta, GA in April 2004. To commemorate this historic event, Dale Jarrett, an avid golfer and the driver of the #88 UPS Ford Taurus, will drive a special golf-themed race car in the March 14, Golden Corral 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. The special UPS/Arnold Palmer paint scheme will be debuted to the public at 10:00am/et on Tuesday, December 9, at www.racing.ups.com. Action Performance will offer a complete line of UPS/Arnold Palmer merchandise exclusively for UPSers, including golf bags, die-cast replicas and other racing merchandise. See image of the car on my 2004 Paint Schemes page.(12-8-2003) UPDATE: Dale Jarrett will pay tribute to golfing legend Arnold Palmer with a special paint scheme in the March 14 Golden Corral 500 Nextel Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Jarrett's No. 88 Ford from Robert Yates Racing will feature a special green-and-white paint scheme for the race. "He is someone I have looked up to and respected my entire life," Jarrett, who is well known in NASCAR circles for his golfing prowess, says of Palmer. The special tribute is being planned to coincide with Palmer's 50th appearance in the prestigious Masters tournament at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, an event he has won four times. Pictures of the special paint scheme were unveiled today at www.Racing.UPS.com, along with pictures of the special helmet and firesuit Jarrett will wear during the Atlanta race.(Winston Cup Scene Daily Newsletter)(12-9-2003)
Promotion at RYR: Robert Yates Racing announced today that Bill Seaborn has been promoted to Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for the organization. Seaborn's responsibilities include the management of RYR's sponsorship sales and service, product licensing and corporate marketing. With more than 22 years of experience in the sport, Seaborn served in various capacities at NASCAR, Inc. including marketing, licensing and public relations. Additionally, Seaborn was Vice President of Action Performance Companies, Inc.(RYR PR)(12-4-2003)
RYR & 2nd Chance Race Parts Strike Deal: 2nd Chance Race Parts of Mooresville, NC and Robert Yates Racing have finalized a deal which will establish a second location for 2nd Chance Race Parts. The new location is 125 Byers Creek Rd in Mooresville, across the street from RYR’s race shop. All used parts, chassis, sheet metal, equipment and cars being disposed of by RYR will be available at this location for sell. It will take a week or so to relocate all the sales items, but effective 11-24-03 they will be open for business. Several race cars in different stages are available now for sale.(PR)(11-24-2003) UPDATE: The parts deal between Robert Yates Racing and 2nd Chance Race Parts took a turn over the weekend. Instead of being located next to RYR's race shop, 2nd Chance Race Parts will now move all the parts from RYR to their location at 329-A Rolling Hill Rd in Mooresville, NC. The phone # (704) 662-9570. Parties needing top quality chassis or parts from the Yates organization may now do so.(11-25-2003)
#9 Crew Chief to Yates? UPDATE 3 Official - Yes: Mike Ford, #9-Bill Elliott's crew chief, may be leaving Elliott's team and moving to Robert Yates' team to work with Dale Jarrett and crew chief Shawn Parker, according to sources.(Winston Salem Journal), may have something to do with the past rumors of Tommy Baldwin Jr. going to the #9 team.(11-3-2003) UPDATE: being told Mike Ford will be the new crew chief, replacing Shawn Parker, no word on Parker's plans.(11-18-2003) UPDATE 2: Mike Ford, who as crew chief helped return veteran Bill Elliott to victory lane after a seven-year absence, has been hired as the new crew chief for Dale Jarrett and his #88 UPS Fords. A formal announcement regarding Ford's hiring at Robert Yates Racing could come as early as Thursday, but Ford has already made appearances at his new race shop, sources confirmed. Shawn Parker, who has served as Jarrett's crew chief this season, has been offered another position at Yates, but has not decided whether he will remain with the organization.(ThatsRacin.com)(11-19-2003) UPDATE 3: Robert Yates Racing [#38 and #88] announced several changes to key personnel positions for the #88 UPS and #38 M&Ms® Racing Teams:
Eddie D’Hondt was hired in late October to assume the role of General Manager for the organization, while Mike Ford and Barry Swift return to RYR where the pair was part of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Championship team. Effective immediately, Ford will assume crew chief duties for driver Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Team while Swift will oversee all work performed while serving as the shop foreman for both teams.
“This is just the beginning of the changes we will be making over the course of the next month,” said owner Robert Yates. “We obviously slipped in 2003 from where everyone expects us to perform and that is everyone from our sponsors, to the media and most importantly ourselves. We know that championship caliber teams require the talent of experienced people and securing the right people is the first step in getting ourselves back to the level that everyone expects us to perform. Mike Ford and Barry Swift were with us when we won the championship in 1999, and really have proven their talent and capabilities while they have been away. It means a lot to have them back. For us, the 2004 season starts today with the addition of Mike and Barry moving forward. This is going to be an aggressive multi-step process which Eddie and our staff are in the midst of formulating and this is just the first step.”
Ford and Swift worked at Robert Yates Racing through the 1999 season, winning the NASCAR Winston Cup championship before leaving to join Evernham Motorsports. In four seasons as crew chief for the #9 team and driver Bill Elliott, Ford led the team to four wins with the most prestigious being the 2002 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and most recently the Pop Secret 400 at North Carolina Speedway.
“It feels like being home,” Ford said of his return to RYR. “The organization has obviously grown since I left, but there are a lot of familiar faces around. I always enjoyed working with Dale, and I know coming into this the talent he has as a race car driver. I feel like I can contribute to getting this team turned around from the recent performance. I know it is going to be a lot of work, but knowing the kind of driver Dale is and the support Robert (Yates) puts into this organization, I know we can have better results.”(Elevation Motorsports PR)(11-22-2003)
Roush and Yates? hearing Robert Yates Racing and Roush Racing are teaming up to build engines together at Yates engine shop?
hearing it's a two way technology transfer as chassis info is headed back to Yates' group from Roush. It's along the lines of GM's "Key Partners" group. The idea is to have the gear as optimized as it can be, then race amongst themselves for the win ---- which is what GM's been doing with great success this year.(11-13-2003)
Baldwin to Yates? J. J. Yeley may have signed a contract with car owner Joe Gibbs, according to sources. No word on the crew chief. Tommy Baldwin had been considered on Jimmy Makar's list for that job, but now it appears that car owner Robert Yates may be wooing Baldwin to take a job with his team.(Winston Salem Journal)(11-8-2003)
What Happened to DJ: been getting a lot of question what happened to #88-Dale Jarrett at the end of the race when he fell from the top 10 after the last restart to finish 29th. From the UPS site: "Dale Jarrett and the #88 UPS Racing Team were poised to turn in a hard-fought top-10 finish in the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway with less than 10 laps to go. A flat right, front tire dropped Jarrett from eighth in the running order to 29th where he eventually finished the 312-lap event."(11-3-2003)
More Yates Changes....New GM: #38, #88 team owners, Robert Yates has replaced himself as G.M. of Robert Yates Racing with Eddie D'Hondt. Both RYR teams finished last season in the top 10 in points and they combined for three wins. This year, Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler have struggled to stay in the top 25 in points. "I left Eddie a big mess to clean up, but I feel we have found someone who can organize and motivate the team without being a ‘yes man.' It was time for a change," Yates says. D'Hondt, 44, previously worked for Bill Elliott and Ray Evernham in Winston Cup and most recently oversaw Damon Lusk's Busch team, whose crew chief is Tommy Baldwin Jr.(Yahoo Sports/Sporting News)(11-3-2003)
Dale Jarrett Extends Contract With RYR Through 2006: Robert Yates Racing announced today that Dale Jarrett has extended his contract to drive the #88 UPS Ford Taurus through the 2006 NASCAR Nextel Cup Series season. Jarrett is in the process of wrapping up his ninth season with RYR, and his eighth as the driver of the #88 Robert Yates Racing Team. Jarrett’s contract extension insures that he and UPS will both be part of the #88 Robert Yates Racing Team through 2006.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Dale’s contract done through 2006,” said team owner Robert Yates. “We’ve had a great relationship with Dale Jarrett and it’s one we look forward to continuing. Dale and I started the #88 team together and I am lucky to still have him in the car. Dale and I both knew this contract extension was going to happen, it was just a matter of finding the time to sit down, putting everything out on paper and getting it signed.”
“The biggest thing for everybody to understand is even though things have been difficult this year we weren’t about to give up on this team and our goals,” Jarrett said. “It’s gratifying for me to know that Robert and Doug Yates and UPS want to continue this and believe in this to continue. I’m looking forward to seeing this team back where it belongs and that’s winning races and contending for championships.”(Elevation Motorsports PR)(10-24-2003)
DJ Person of the Year nominee: Dale Jarrett's contributions to the community have been well documented over the course of his racing career. Those efforts were recognized in 1997 and 2000 when he won the True Value Man of the Year award for his efforts with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Jarrett's efforts have been recognized again as he has been selected as the third quarter nominee for the USG Person of the Year award for 2003. Each year, NASCAR recognizes drivers, not only for their accomplishments on the track, but for their community service contributions and charitable efforts. For the purpose of determining the NASCAR USG Person of the Year Award winner, the NASCAR Winston Cup season is divided into four quarters in which drivers are nominated for their off-track efforts. A select group of panelists selects one of the four quarterly finalists as the NASCAR USG Person of the Year. This award will be presented the week of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Awards Ceremony in New York City, along with a prize of $100,000. The prize will be divided evenly between the driver and the charity of his/her choice. Jarrett joins teammate Elliott Sadler and fellow Winston Cup driver Ricky Craven as three of the four nominees that will be decided between for the final award. Sadler was named as the second quarter nominee, while Craven was recognized for his efforts during the first quarter of the season.(see full story at the UPS Racing site)(10-15-2003)
Ford Keeping Kahne: There has been a lot of conversation and rumors this past week regarding the status of Kasey Kahne and his contract with Ford Racing and Robert Yates Racing. Greg Specht, Ford's North American Racing Operations Manager, made a statement regarding Kahne's contract status with the manufacturer and outlined Ford's history with Kasey and its future plans for him.
GREG SPECHT, MANAGER OF NORTH AMERICAN RACING OPERATIONS, FORD RACING TECHNOLOGY
"I've been hearing a lot of speculation around Kasey's status and, as far as Ford Racing is concerned, we have a multi-year contract in place with him and we intend on honoring that. We feel Kasey Kahne is a future star in this sport. That's why we went ahead and signed him to a multi-year contract. We're flattered that other teams and manufacturers are interested in him because that means we must know how to evaluate promising young talent. We've developed a plan for Kasey, along with Robert Yates Racing, and that includes having him run a full Busch Series schedule next season because we feel he's primed for a run at the championship. In addition, he would compete in seven Nextel Cup events for RYR with the plan being that he would run a full-time series schedule in 2005. Kasey has told us in the past that Ford has delivered on every promise it has made to him, and we intend on continuing with that by ensuring he remains in competitive equipment with an eye towards becoming a future champion."(see full quote at Ford Racing Site/PR)(10-10-2003)
Kahne to Cup; Evernham? UPDATE 4 third Yates team?: Busch Series driver Kasey Kahne has received several Winston Cup job offers for the 2004 season, with the most serious coming from Evernham Motorsports, sources said Thursday. Kahne, reached Thursday by phone, confirmed he has received "five or six Cup offers from top-20 teams," but he declined to name them. Kahne, 23, drives the #38 Great Cuts Ford for Akins Motorsports. He is eighth in points with three top-five and 11 top-10 finishes this season. He won his first pole at Michigan in August. Evernham Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing and Richard Childress Racing were among the top Cup teams expressing interest, with Evernham the most serious, sources said. Of the three, only RCR currently has an opening for the 2004 season, in its #30 AOL Chevy. Gibbs has Bobby Labonte and Tony Stewart under long-term contracts and Evernham currently has Bill Elliott and Jeremy Mayfield under contract. However, there has been a lot of speculation about Elliott's future and whether he would retire at the end of the season. Mayfield's job performance has also been under scrutiny this year. A spokesperson for Evernham Motorsports declined to comment Thursday on any connection between Kahne's Winston Cup plans and Evernham Motorsports. Kahne, who is under contract with Ford Motor Co. through the 2005 season, said he has spoken to Ford officials about the Cup teams' interest. None was a Ford team, he said.(ThatsRacin.com) UPDATE: Robert Yates Racing PR folks tell me that: Not only is Kasey under contract with Ford Racing but he remains under a multi-year contract with Robert Yates Racing. He's driven the Great Clips Ford for Akins Motorsports this year on basically a "loaner" basis. Both Ford and RYR expect Kasey to be racing Ford's for years to come. They haven't been contacted by Kasey or another team about releasing him from his contract. AND Kahne said during an interview on Speed Channel's Busch Series Qualifying that he will run a full Busch Series schedule in 2004, driving the #38 Great Clips car.(10-3-2003) UPDATE 2: Ford's Kenny Kahne is suddenly a hot item among rivals who would like to hire the Busch driver to run Winston Cup next season. Among the car owners reported to be interested: Dodge's Ray Evernham. Kahne has a contract with Ford however that runs another two years, though he said he's getting Winston Cup offers. So Ford officials may now be looking for a Ford team willing to give Kahne a ride. Kahne has a contract with Robert Yates too, so he would be the logical pick, but Yates' two Cup teams aren't doing all that well at the moment so it seems unlikely he would want to expand.(Winston Salem Journal)(10-4-2003) UPDATE 3: what I hear is that while Kahne is under contract with Ford, supposedly his contract says he can entertain offers but Ford can match those offers, but supposedly Dodge's offer is pretty steep and may be tough to match, been told this is for the #9 Dodge and Mayfield would stay in the #19 next year.(10-6-2003) UPDATE 4 - Yates 3rd team? Kasey Kahne, who is eighth in Busch points, is a candidate to drive one of Evernham's Dodges in Cup next season, but there's a conflict. Sources say Kahne's current contracts include two years with Ford and three years with Robert Yates Racing. Both organizations have nurtured Kahne, whose No. 38 Ford is powered by Yates engines, and are not pleased he is listening to offers outside the Ford camp. Kahne, 23, says he doesn't think there are Cup options for him in a Ford, but Robert Yates says he has a sponsor and plans to run a limited Cup schedule with Kahne in 2004 and full time in 2005.(Sporting News/Yahoo Sports)(10-6-2003)
Ribbon on the #88: Along with tens of thousands of race fans [including Jayski], Dale Jarrett's #88 NASCAR Winston Cup Taurus will again wear the pink ribbon of breast cancer awareness in support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Race Fans for a Cure. For this weekend's Banquet 400 at Kansas Speedway, the 7½" x 14" Race Fans for a Cure decal will replace the Ford Credit decal behind the "88" on both sides of the car. Race Fans for a Cure is a charitable initiative which benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and is sponsored by Ford Credit (Ford Racing). More info about Race Fans for a Cure and the Ford Credit's Fan Challenge/Race Fans for a Cure on my Racing Charities page.(10-2-2003)
TRUST FUND: A trust fund has been established on behalf of Tara and Shawn Parker's son, Jagger Alexander Parker. Individuals wishing to make a donation may do so by sending to the Jagger Alexander Parker Fund, c/o Wachovia Bank, P.O. Box 2519, Cornelius, NC 28031. Condolences can be sent to Shawn Parker c/o Robert Yates Racing, 112 Byers Creek Road, Mooresville, NC 28117.
Another Jarrett? UPDATE 2: hearing Jason Jarrett, son of Dale Jarrett, may run a third Robert Yates Racing entry at Talladega next week. Jarreatt recently tested for Yates at the track.(9-16-2003) UPDATE: Jason Jarrett, son of the 1999 Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett, will attempt to make his first Winston Cup race next weekend at Talladega. Jarrett will run a third Robert Yates Racing Ford with the #98. Decisions on sponsorship and paint scheme are expected to be made over the next several days. The 27-year old Jarrett, who is current second in the ARCA championship chase, competed in 40 Busch Series races between 1997 and 2000.(PRN's Garagepass radio show/Jason Jarrett Site)(9-16-2003) UPDATE 2: Robert Yates Racing and Jason Jarrett have teamed up for the upcoming Winston Cup race event at Talladega Superspeedway on September 28, 2003. After extensive testing last week at Talladega, Yates Racing decided to enter a third car in the race to be piloted by Jason Jarrett, along with regular team members, Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler. This will be the first attempt to qualify in a Winston Cup event for the third-generation member of the Jarrett racing family. The car number will be #98; crew chief will be Bill Riley. Over-the-wall crew responsibilities will be picked up by members of Jarrett's ARCA RE/MAX Series ML Motorsports race team; sponsorship and paint scheme are currently being determined and will be announced shortly.(see the Jason Jarrett site for more and a Q&A with Jarrett)(9-17-2003)
Tragic News: The wife of NASCAR driver [#88] Dale Jarrett's crew chief and her two sisters were killed late Wednesday when a pickup struck their limousine after they left the Fleetwood Mac concert. Tara Howell Parker, 29, of Cornelieus, N.C., the wife of crew chief Shawn Parker, died about 11:30 p.m. on Interstate 40 near Vanstory Street, Greensboro police said. Other victims were Megan Elizabeth Howell, 16, of Mr. Henry Road in Mocksville, and Mysti Howell Poplin, 24, of Short Road in Mocksville, Greensboro police report. One of the women is Parker's stepsister and one is a halfsister, although investigators didn't know which was which Thursday morning. The pickup truck's driver, Jeffrey Niles McFayden, of Greensboro, NC, was charged with three counts of second-degree murder driving while impaired, police stated. He was held in the Guilford County jail. The 1998 Lincoln Town Car limousine was stopped on I-40 west due to congestion from road construction when it was hit by a 1998 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by McFayden, rupturing the limousine's gas tank and causing it to explode, police said. The limousine's driver, James Cannady, 42, of New Ellenton, S.C., escaped the flames. A third car, a 1997 Ford Escort, also was struck in the collision. The driver and passenger in that car were not injured.(Greensboro News and Record/
wxii12.com/ThatsRacin.com) AND Most race fans know Tara from her long wait for a heart transplant during 2000 and 2001. She finally received her heart on July 28, 2001. Married in November 2000, the Parkers had welcomed a new member to their family [adopted] on July 6 with the birth of their first child Jagger Alexander.(FoxSports) MORE: "I can't put into words the grief we feel,'' [#88 Team Owner Robert] Yates said. "We are all in shock right now. All we can do is support Shawn and what he needs to do as well as Tara's family.''
"Tara has gone through a lot in the last two years and was really an inspiration to everyone that knew her,'' Yates said. Plans are being made to replace Parker as crew chief for Sunday's New Hampshire 300 in Loudon, N.H., Jarrett spokeswoman Penny Copen said.(ESPN/AP)(9-11-2003)
UPDATE: Winston Cup driver Dale Jarrett's #88 Ford team will be led this weekend by a "crew chief by committee."
Jarrett's regular crew chief, Shawn Parker, is not in New Hampshire this week as his wife and two of her sisters were killed in a car wreck near Greensboro, N.C., on Wednesday night. Leading the #88 team this weekend will be team owner Robert Yates; Shane Callis, who assists in car set-up; tire specialist Scott Elkins; and car chief Jason Burdett. Funeral plans for Parker's wife, Tara Parker, remained incomplete Friday. The team does not know when Shawn Parker will return.(ThatsRacin.com)(9-12-2003)
Jarrett Speaks about Parker: Dale Jarrett says the only reason Robert Yates Racing is at New Hampshire is because they have to be. Commenting on the death of crew chief Shawn Parker's wife Tara and her sisters in a Wednesday night traffic accident. "Certainly our minds are with Shawn and his family and with Tara's family, she was just a wonderful person that's going to be missed tremendously. Shawn's a good leader here and these guys are doing their job, but it's going to be a difficult weekend because we're certainly just thinking about him."(PRN's Garage Pass Radio Show)(9-12-2003)
#88 Jackman Returns to the Track: John Bryan will reassume duties as jackman for the #88 UPS Racing Team this weekend at New Hampshire International Speedway. Bryan has been on the sidelines since getting hurt at Indianapolis Motor Speedway the first of August. Bryan has been working out with the pit crew and practicing for the last three weeks and returns to action for the first time this weekend.(UPS Racing PR)(9-11-2003)
#21 testing at AMS UPDATE 2 Jarrett testing a 2004 Ford NOT REPLACING RUDD in the #21: on Wednesday, August 13th, the #21 Wood Brothers team and driver Ricky Rudd are scheduled to test at Atlanta Motor Speedway which is closed to public.(AMS PR)(8-12-2003) Jarrett to test 2004 Ford at AMS on Wed: Ford Racing will conduct a one-day test session Wednesday, August 13, at Atlanta Motor Speedway to test the 2004 Ford Taurus with NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dale Jarrett. Ford officials originally expected Ricky Rudd to test the car but announced the substitution this week for the new Ford, built by the Wood Brothers. The test session will be closed to the public and to the media.(AMS PR)(8-12-2003) NOTE: some folks are reading this a Jarrett replacing Rudd in the #21 - NO, NO, NO - it doesn't say that.....The Wood Brothers built the 2004 Ford [just as they did with the Taurus when it first was tested]. Rudd ended up not being able to test the car, so Jarrett was recruited, that is all. Rudd will be in the #21 in 2004 and Jarrett will be in the #88 in 2004.(8-13-2003) UPDATE 2: The 2004 Ford Racing Taurus participated in a test session at Atlanta Motor Speedway today, and when it was over, Ford Racing officials were very happy. "It went extremely well and pretty much according to plan," said Greg Specht, Manager, North American Racing Operations, Ford Racing Technology. "And we're very pleased that we got the track test out of the way." The 2004 Ford Racing Taurus was built by the Wood Brothers and was driven in the test by 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett, who also was pleased by the test. "Everything went well," said Jarrett. "The car seems to be very well balanced. They did a really good job of building the car. It looks really nice, the lines on it are good, and it did things on the race track that we think will help us to be more competitive even for next year." Specht said today's test with the 2004 Taurus was truly a team effort, involving Wood Brothers Racing, Robert Yates Racing and Roush Racing. "I'd like to thank the Woods for allowing Dale Jarrett in their car in place of Ricky Rudd, who had a previous commitment and couldn't be here today," said Specht. "This is a great sign of cooperation between our top NASCAR teams. We had all three of our partners represented at the test here today: Dale, being the driver from Robert Yates Racing; obviously, the Wood Brothers built and brought the car here; and, we got engineering support from Roush Racing. I think that's important as well." Jarrett said the 2004 Ford Racing Taurus seemed to have improved downforce over the current model. "I can see where the car has potential when you get it in race trim," said Jarrett. "Something the Fords fight, and that's a little more front downforce, and it seems like this car may have that without creating a lot of drag. And I think that's something that we were interested in: Could we make something that was good for us still on the straightaways, but get us through the corners a little bit, too?" The on-track test consisted of a series of multi-lap runs. "They wanted to run over 10 laps at a time, and so we went out and did that, and they were looking at times," said Jarrett. "They had a certain time that they wanted to see, and I didn't even know how many laps I was going to be running, I just ran until they told me to come in, that the NASCAR folks were satisfied that that's what they were looking for." The 2004 Taurus was tested later in the day with NASCAR at the windtunnel at Lockheed in Marietta, Ga.(Ford Racing PR), see my Ford Past News page for images of the 2004 Ford.(8-13-2003)
See two images of the test at the Ford Racing site.(8-14-2003)
Rutemiller to sub for Bryan: 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.(UPS PR) AND Fox Sports Nets Totally NASCAR reports that Bryan will be out for 5-6 weeks.(8-7-2003)
#88 Jackman Injured UPDATE 2 at home: On his first pitstop #88-Dale Jarrett spun out, hit his jackman, John Bryan, who was attended attended to on pitroad [which was closed] - John was (and is) awake and alert, Bryan was transported to the local hospital, Doug Yates told IMS radio that Bryan's shoulder hurts and he has pain in his pelvic area, but is awake and alert and Yates thinks he is OK - Good News! (radio and TV reports)(8-3-2003) UPDATE: #88-Dale Jarrett was headed to pit road on lap 37 when his brakes appeared to lock up and his car began to spin down the service road. He hit jack man John Bryan, who was unable to get out of the way. "It's the most devastating thing I've ever been associated with," Jarrett said. "It was just stupidity on my part." The car spun around and went backward into the wall, pinning Bryan against the concrete barrier and sending his helmet flying into the fence. Bryan was awake and alert when taken to the hospital, complaining of a sore shoulder and pain in his pelvis. He was released Sunday night with no sign of serious injuries. Also injured was Joe Krupa, a photographer for The Star Press of Muncie, Ind. Another member of Jarrett's crew dropped a tire which came up and hit Krupa. He also was released Sunday night. Jarrett had the first pit box. "I knew which pit box we had, and I thought I'd seen how far I could get in," Jarrett said. "Apparently we just got in too far today." Jarrett started 34th, but he never recovered from the pit accident. He finished 39th, 18 laps behind winner Kevin Harvick. "I didn't even care about the rest of the race. I had to finish it for the guys," Jarrett said. "I could have cared less. My thoughts were just, 'God take care of John Bryan."'(Thatsracin.com/AP)(8-3-2003) UPDATE 2: John Bryan is at home and resting after being involved in a pit road incident at Indianapolis Motor Speedway during the running of the Brickyard 400. After being evaluated at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis, Bryan was released with all tests coming back negative. Albeit a little sore, Bryan’s spirits are up and he is looking forward to getting back to the race track. “I’m very sore . . . I feel like I was hit by a racecar,” Bryan joked Monday afternoon. “I am a little sore all over right now but the biggest thing that’s sore is my shoulder, which makes sense because I landed on my right shoulder. Other than that, I feel pretty good and hope to get back to the shop later this week.” Bryan, who has been working at Robert Yates Racing since 1996, has been part of the #88 team pit crew since April 2002. He has worked as the Parts Manager since 1996, and shortly after that went to work pitting the #28 Robert Yates Racing Fords before moving to the #88 team in 2002. Bryan says he has every intention of returning to his jackman duties as soon as possible. Bryan, who flew home with the team on Sunday night, talked to Jarrett before leaving Indianapolis. “I saw Dale at the airport and I think seeing me in person and being able to see I was OK was a big help for him,” Bryan said. “DJ is a great person and a great driver. We’re having a tough time as a team, but we’ll get through it and I just want to get back to the track and be part of that.” Bryan says one of the positives that came out of the weekend was the performance of his safety equipment. “The safety equipment did a great job,” Bryan said. “I wear a Troy Lee helmet which has a chin guard and I think that made a huge difference. I think I was able to figure some things out too that may even help make this job safer and have talked to both Robert (Yates) and DJ (Jarrett) about it.” Bryan will sit out this weekend’s race at Watkins Glen and probably the August 17th race at Michigan International Speedway. He hopes to be able to attend the race in Michigan for moral support for the team. “These things happen,” Bryan said. “This is the class I signed up for 10 or 11 years ago when I started doing this. I’m not quitting and I’m looking forward to getting back to the track in the next couple weeks.” Bryan is going to continue resting for the next couple days before returning back to work.(Elevation Motorsports PR)(8-4-2003)
Jarrett staying at Yates: Winston Cup driver Dale Jarrett made it clear in no uncertain terms Friday he is not leaving Robert Yates Racing and may in fact remain there until he retires from the sport. During a news conference Friday honoring former winners of the Brickyard 400, Jarrett took the opportunity to direct comments at reporters who have said he was considering leaving Yates, even returning to Joe Gibbs Racing, should Tony Stewart leave that organization. "I'll take this chance to take a second and say I am at Robert Yates Racing, I intend to be at Robert Yates Racing for quite a while and UPS is going to be the sponsor," Jarrett said. "We have been a little frustrated. We haven't been exactly happy with our performance, but that isn't any reason to quit. We'll continue to strive to get better and, hopefully, this weekend will help turn us around." Jarrett is 27th in points, with five top-10 finishes and one top-five, which was a win at Rockingham, N.C., earlier this season. "I look at it as being unfortunate, that maybe it's human nature that as people struggle they get kicked while they're down and others try to help that scenario, if you will, by starting things that they don't know anything about," he said. "I have a contract through next year. We've agreed on 2005 and 2006 in principle. it's just something that hasn't ever been a priority with Robert Yates and myself, that we have to have a piece of paper doesn't really mean a lot. It's what's in your heart."(Thatsracin.com)(8-1-2003)
Roush, Yates and Wood Bros re-up with Ford: Ford Racing officials on Friday announced they had signed new, five-year contract extensions with three of the top Ford teams in Winston Cup - Robert Yates Racing, Roush Racing and Wood Brothers Racing.
Together, the organizations field eight Cup teams each weekend and include such drivers as 1999 champion Dale Jarrett, current series leader Matt Kenseth and veterans Mark Martin and Ricky Rudd, among others. "Loyalty is something that we just take extremely seriously at Ford," said Dan Davis, director of Ford Racing. "We like to reward loyalty and these three organizations have been so loyal to us that I felt it was important for Ford and Ford Racing to demonstrate our loyalty to them. We've picked our dance partner and for Ford Motor Co. and NASCAR, these are our dance partners." These organizations were also instrumental in the development of the 2004 Ford Taurus, which will be officially submitted to NASCAR this week for competition beginning next season. "The kind of commitment that need to made for research and development and pooling of information and for the development of strategies can't be made on an ad hoc basis," said team owner Jack Roush. They can't be made annually. They almost have to me made with a decade in mind, and this certainly is moving in the right direction."()(8-1-2003)
UPS Not Happy? Robert Yates squelched rumors about selling his team, but buzz persists regarding driver Dale Jarrett and the UPS sponsorship. With a yearly investment of $16 million, UPS isn't taking the recent turmoil on the #88 team lightly, and there has been talk that if Jarrett leaves Yates, UPS will go with him. That would make for an impressive package for an organization looking for a sponsor. Some believe Jarrett, the 1999 Winston Cup champion, will finish his career with Joe Gibbs Racing and team manager Jimmy Makar, his brother-in-law.(Sporting News)(7-28-2003)
Yates Rumor Denied UPDATE and some more:.... the story of the day was Robert Yates, who denied reports that he is interested in selling his two Winston Cup teams. According to one report, Yates was talking with Chip Ganassi -- according to another report, he was talking with Joe Gibbs. Yates laughed off the reports: 'I'm going to stick to my deal. I haven't gone there. Robert Yates-Bill Gates sounds pretty good, but other than that, I'm not interested I don't think. I do have a race-team shop for sale, under the right conditions. Ricky Rudd's old shop. And you know how rumors get started. Robby Gordon said he wanted to look at that, and I'm sure someone overheard that, and the next thing you know it went around that I was selling out. Robby was trying to buy Jimmy Spencer's shop, but it got sold, and I heard that and told Robby, 'How about coming by and looking at mine? So this wasn't something that somebody dreamed up. But I'm not leaving. You sell after you win the championship, not before. Raymond Beadle taught me that.' Ford executives didn't put much credence in reports that Robert Yates might be calling it quits, pointing to a new five-year contract just signed with Yates in January and to UPS' contract that runs through 2006. Jimmy Makar, Joe Gibbs' team manager, said he was unaware of the Yates story until late yesterday and put no validity into a report that Yates was interested in a deal with Gibbs. There would be so many contractual entanglements as to make any Yates deal almost a non-starter. Chip Ganassi, for one, is a Dodge man -- Gibbs, a GM man.(Winston Salem Journal)(7-26-2003) UPDATE: So it may not be surprising that Robert Yates is reportedly ready to quit. Yates said he's not trying to sell his two Winston Cup teams. But others in the garage have said there's more to the story than Yates is letting on. Yates, a famous engine man and a car owner since 1988, has become increasingly disenchanted with the car-owner side of the business over the past year. While he and his son, Doug, still have one of the top engine programs, they've had numerous headaches as owners, and Robert has indicated for a year that he might like to fade out of the picture, perhaps to his beach house at Myrtle Beach.(Winston Salem Journal)(7-27-2003)
Yates to Gibbs? REWORDED: Charlotte's WSOC-TV Channel 9's Harold Johnson reported on Wednesday that Robert Yates Racing RYR #38/88] would merge with Joe Gibbs Racing or another organization. The report was taken so seriously by RYR that Robert Yates supposedly met with the team this morning to let them know there was NO truth to the rumor.(100% reported by XM Satellite- NASCAR Radio - Subscription Required)(7-24-2003)
Odd Rumor; Jarrett and DEI? Denied UPDATE: Dale Earnhardt, Inc., is looking at Dale Jarrett [NOTE: signed thru 2006 with Yates], according to sources. Ty Norris, the general manager of DEI, said: 'If Dale Jarrett was on the market, and if DEI were looking for a driver, there's not a more experienced guy, with tons of class, who sponsors love, and who has tremendous ability ... but we're still hot and heavy in our sponsor search. And if you rated it hot, medium or cold, we're pretty cold right now. "When we have a sponsor who is ready to sit down and talk about what driver they'd like, we'll approach it then. But there's not an organization in this garage that wouldn't love to have Dale Jarrett. Dale and I are friends, and Dale is friends with Dale Jr. But I've never had a conversation with him about driving for us ... except 'who wouldn't want him to drive for you.''(Winston Salem Journal)(7-14-2003) UPDATE: Can You Address Jarrett's Situation? “We do the same thing to other teams. When they get down we put some pressure on them, too. Everybody would love to have Dale Jarrett drive their race car. That’s natural. In a way, it’s flattering to us that other teams would be interested because we think the world of Dale. Dale and I have talked and we’ve come a long way together as an organization. He started that 88 team and we expect him to finish out his career in that car. Our goal is to give him something good to drive and for him to give us good feedback to make it good.” What is Dale’s Contract Status? “We’re working on an extension for Dale right now. We have a contract through next year with him and we’re working on an extension. UPS is signed for three more years after this, so things are real solid there. It’s embarrassing to us and Ford and UPS, and that’s really the biggest thing. We’re gonna have good and bad days, but UPS is a great sponsor and we’re letting them down right now. That’s what we’ve got to do a better job of and that’s a lot of our responsibility. The big brown truck doesn’t need to run in the back.”(commnets by RYR's Doug Yates at Ford Racing)(7-15-2003)
Congrats: Shawn Parker, crew chief of the #88 UPS Racing team, and his wife Tara, welcomed a new member to their family on Sunday, July 6th as adopting Jagger Alexander Parker after he was born at 7:05am/et weighing in at 6 pounds and 12 ounces and 20 inches long. Jagger is the first child for Shawn and Tara.(Elevation Group/UPS Racing PR)(7-8-2003)
New RYR Chassis Engineer: Bill Riley, technical director and co-owner of Indianapolis-based Riley & Scott Racing, is leaving the chassis design company to become chassis engineer for NASCAR's Robert Yates Racing [#38 and #88] on July 21.(Indainapolis Star)(7-9-2003)
Testing for Jarrett: The #88 UPS Racing team begins an aggressive month of testing starting at The Milwaukee Mile in Wisconsin this Tuesday. The team will spend two days at the flat, one-mile track before leaving for Chicagoland Speedway for Sunday’s 400-mile event. The team will travel from Chicago to Indianapolis Motor Speedway for another two-day test session. Two more tests will take place in the last two weeks of July with the first at the road course of Virginia International Raceway, and then at Watkins Glen before the Brickyard 400.(Elevation Group/UPS Racing PR)(7-8-2003)
UPS to Debut Newest Race the Truck Ad: All season, UPS has been pleading its case to Dale Jarrett to race the big, brown truck. The newest installment of the “Race the Truck” campaign debuts this weekend during NBC’s broadcast of the Tropicana 400 at Chciago.(Elevation Group/UPS Racing PR)(7-8-2003)
Parrott back at the Track: former #88 Crew Chief and RYR Team Manager Todd Parrott made his first appearance at a race track Saturday since he parted ways with Dale Jarrett [actually Robert Yates Racing] in April. "I missed eight races, the most since 1983 when I graduated from high school," he said. "From that point until this year, I had missed just one race and that was in 1992 when my son was born." Since stepping back from the sport, Parrott said he's been spending time with his family. He almost went to the Coca-Cola 600 in Charlotte in May, but got stuck in traffic and turned around and went home. But he came to Daytona with his father, Buddy, and the two were making their way through the garage Saturday, stopping every few feet to exchange greetings with old rivals. Then Parrott went to the Winston Cup sign-in and officially announced his arrival by signing his name on Jarrett's list of team members. He's under contract at Robert Yates Racing, but said he's talking with other teams about opportunities. "I've missed it," he said. "I probably shouldn't have stayed gone so long, but I've been resting and relaxing and I feel great." Parrott, who spent seven seasons as Jarrett's crew chief and won the 1999 Winston Cup championship, and his younger brother, Brad, both left the #88 team in April as Jarrett [actually team owners Robert/Doug Yates] tried to shake things up and get his season back on track. Todd had been working as the team manager at the time and Brad was in his first stint as a Winston Cup crew chief.(Sporting News/AP)(7-8-2003)
Special UPS Scheme? UPDATE 3, it is official: hearing there may be an #88 UPS Store special scheme to be run later this year, not sure which track.(6-20-2003) UPDATE: the #88 UPS Store special scheme is for Atlanta in October; why the scheme do you ask? UPS acquired Mail Boxes Etc. a few months back and are converting all the stores to UPS Stores.(6-20-2003) UPDATE 2: UPS will announce plans this weekend to run a special paint scheme later in the 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup season. The announcement is scheduled to take place at 3:00pm/et, on Friday, July 4th at the front entrance to Daytona USA.(Elevation Motorsports/UPS PR), hmm..was told by RYR just before Texas that the #88 would be making NO paint scheme changes and would NOT run any special schemes in 2003.....oops.(7-1-2003) UPDATE 3 - it is official - wonder where I hear this before.... UPS today announced plans to showcase The UPS Store on the #88 UPS Ford Taurus for the upcoming Georgia 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on October 26. The new paint scheme was unveiled today at Daytona International Speedway. The UPS Store car takes on a decidedly different flare from the normal paint scheme run by the #88 UPS Racing Team. UPS yellow is the predominant color on the car, and The UPS Store logo is featured on the hood, which is normally adorned with the new UPS shield logo that was introduced this past March. NASCAR enthusiasts and collectors can also look forward to the release of a unique 1:43 scale die-cast car that will commemorate the #88 The UPS Store race car run at Atlanta Motor Speedway in October. .The 1:43 scale car, which has not yet been released, will be made available later this fall exclusively through participating locations of The UPS Store. Beginning in September, race fans can also register to win a trip to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the October race as part of a special consumer promotion. Visitors to The UPS Store locations will discover a wide range of products and services, including UPS shipping at lower prices direct from UPS, full-service packaging, mailbox and postal services, black-and-white and color copying, document finishing, office and packaging supplies, and other business services. UPS acquired Mail Boxes, Etc., Inc. in 2001, and in April 2003, more than 3,000 Mail Boxes Etc. franchisees across the U.S. opted to convert their locations to The UPS Store brand. To find The UPS Store locations and other information, log on to www.theupsstore.com.(Elevation Group/UPS PR), have not seen any images of the car....yet.(7-4-2003)
NASCAR visiting NASA: #88-Dale Jarrett, #48-Jimmie Johnson and #12-Ryan Newman on Wednesday have been invited to take a special NASA tour at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, FL. The group, which also will include Newman's crew chief Matt Borland and Penske Racing South Vice President Don Miller, is scheduled to visit various facilities and sites at the Space Center including the Space Station Processing Facility, Shuttle Pad A, NASA Crawler vehicle, Orbiter Processing Facility and Astronaut Memorial. One of the highlights of the visit will be at the Orbiter Processing Facility. The drivers are scheduled to get the rare opportunity to actually sit in a shuttle cockpit behind the controls.(NASCAR PR)(7-2-2003)
Jarrett To Receive Fatherhood Award: Dale Jarrett will be recognized for his fatherhood efforts during the month of June when he will be presented with a 2003 Fatherhood Award at the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Each year, the Fatherhood Awards are presented to individuals, corporations and organizations that make a substantial contribution to strengthening involved, responsible and committed fatherhood in their work or personal lives. The Fatherhood Awards were inaugurated in 1997 by the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI), the premier fatherhood renewal organization in the country. The NFI is a non-partisan, non-sectarian civic initiative that works in every sector and at every level of society to end father absence. In addition to Jarrett, other 2003 Fatherhood Award winners include actor James Early Jones, Dr. Stephen Covey, Frank W. Abagnale, General Nutrition Centers and State Farm. Past recipients of the award include actor Tom Selleck, country music singer Tim McGraw, NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly and AT&T.(See full article at UPS Racing)(6-11-2003)
More on Yates engine: “We thought we had a problem and took the engine out,” explained Doug Yates of his Robert Yates Racing #88 team’s recent loss of a motor to NASCAR during the The Winston weekend when the team believed there was an engine problem that warranted removal. NASCAR took the engine because it was not removed following the rules, not because the engine was illegal. We thought we had an issue, but it turns out that we didn’t,” Yates said. “[But] they took it. Hopefully this will prove a point, just like it did on that car at Texas.” Yates was refering to the #20 Home Depot Chevy that NASCAR impounded from Joe Gibb Racing after the car failed to meet offset specifications in the rear decklid area. The confiscation netted Gibbs no financial fine, as was the case with the motor RYR lost to NASCAR.(Ford Racing)(5-30-2003)
#88 Wins Pit Crew Award at Lowe's: The pit crew for Dale Jarrett's #88 UPS Ford captured the $20,000 first-place prize by winning the McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship fueled by POWERADE at the recent Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. Jarrett's ninth-place finish at the 1.5-mile speedway was paved by the excellent performance of his over-the-wall pit crew for its fast and accurate performance during the rain-shortened race. The UPS/Robert Yates Racing Ford spent the least amount of time, for a participating team, on pit road - 286 seconds, three seconds fewer than the pit crew of Michael Waltrip's team, which leads in the overall McDonald's Drive-Thru Pit Championship point standings. Sterling Marlin's pit crew came in third - spending 290 seconds on pit road. The over-the-wall pit crew for the #88 team consists of John Bryan (jackman), Barry Price (gasman), Rick Coulson (catch can), Mike Trower (front tire changer), Darren Jolly (front tire carrier), Jason Sheets (rear tire changer) and Jeff Knight (rear tire carrier).(DMF Communications PR), see full rundown and standings on my Pitcrew Page and check out the Pitcrew Chart.(5-29-2003)
#88 Engine Confiscated: NASCAR confiscated the engine that was removed from the #88 UPS Ford before the Winston. The team changed the engine, without NASCAR's permission, before the Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday. The #88 team had its engine confiscated for violation of the single-engine rule. The team requested an engine change, but NASCAR said it was unnecessary, sent them to the rear of the field and confiscated the engine.(Fox Sports Net - Totally NASCAR)(5-20-2003)
Parker to be Jarrett's new crew chief? Makar NOT leaving Gibbs UPDATE 3 Parker named, new car chief too: Shawn Parker could become Dale Jarrett's new crew chief, according to sources close to the Robert Yates team. And crew chief Greg Zipadelli says that there is nothing to the rumors that his own boss, General Manager Jimmy Makar, might move on to join the Yates team to work with Jarrett. Parker is a chassis specialist for the Elliott Sadler-Raymond Fox half of the Yates team. Parker was once a key member of the Jack Roush operation before moving on.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-26-2003) UPDATE: hearing shawn Parker has been named as the crew chief of the #88 UPS Ford and driver Dale Jarrett.(5-7-2003) UPDATE 2: Shawn Parker, former car chief for Winston Cup driver Elliott Sadler's #38 Fords, is the new crew chief for Salder's Robert Yates Racing teammate, Dale Jarrett, ThatsRacin.com has learned. An official annoucement of Parker's promotion is expected Wednesday afternoon, but sources confirmed the move has been completed. Parker joined Sadler's team this season from Roush Racing, where he served as car chief for driver Kurt Busch. Parker has no previous experience as a Winston Cup crew chief. The team released crew chief Brad Parrott last month and team manager Todd Parrott took an indefinite leave of absence. Garth Finley, who has served as interim crew chief for Jarrett since Brad Parrott's departure, is expected to return to the role of team manager.(ThatsRacin.com)(5-7-2003) UPDATE 3: Also announced was the return of Jason Burdett to RYR as the #88’s car chief. Burdett previously worked with the team and was a part of the 1999 championship team. He left RYR following the 2000 season and joined the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team and helped contribute to its 2001 championship effort. Burdett served as the car chief for Hendrick’s #48 car since 2002.(Ford Racing), former #88 car chief, Darrell Morrow, was named the Shop Forman, the Pit Crew Chart has been updated.(5-8-2003)
Yates in No Hurry: Robert Yates [#38 and #88 team owner] said Friday at Richmond that he prefers to keep Jarrett's No. 88 team intact for the time being and let that group solve the team's problems. Team engineer Garth Finley took over as interim crew chief after Robert Yates Racing general manager Doug Yates released Brad Parrott. Yates said he wants to give Finley and the rest of the crew "the room, the support, the time" to get Jarrett running well again. Yates said Doug Yates has talked to a few prospects, but "I don't see anybody coming in the door tomorrow," Robert Yates said. Yates said he hasn't talked to Jimmy Makar, who has been in the rumor mill to move to Yates. Makar is the general manager of Joe Gibbs Racing after being moved form Bobby Labonte's crew chief in the off-season.(NASCAR.com)(5-3-2003)
More on the #88 Crew Chief Situation UPDATE: Talking about the potential crew chief situation for Dale Jarrett’s #88 UPS Ford and Doug Yates, the new Robert Yates Racing General Manager, starts to pull his cards closer to his vest. No response comes when names of #38 Car Chief Shawn Parker and Jimmy Makar are mentioned “We’ll see what comes available as far as crew chiefs,” said Yates after several names were thrown at him. “You know, right now, this time of year, it’s kind of tough because everyone’s under contract; and we respect that, just like we want our guys to respect their contracts. We’re just kind of sitting back. We want to make sure when we do make a move that it’s a long-term situation.”(Ford Racing)(4-27-2003) UPDATE: Yates Racing GM Doug Yates says a new crew chief has not been selected for Dale Jarrett despite speculation that Shawn Parker, the car chief for teammate Elliott Sadler, would get the job. Several names outside RYR have been mentioned, including Joe Gibbs Racing team manager Jimmy Makar, who is Jarrett's brother-in-law. However, Greg Zipadelli, crew chief for Tony Stewart in Gibbs' #20 car, says he doesn't think Makar will go anywhere. For those on the Todd Parrott watch, one Yates insider says he doesn't expect Parrott, the former team manager, to return.(Sporting News)(4-28-2003)
Makar to the #88? still hearing rumors that Jimmy Makar, former crew chief of the #18 Joe Gibbs Racing Chevy and current team manager for Gibbs is trying to work out a deal so he can crew chief the #88 Robert Yates Racing team and driver Dale Jarrett.(4-21-2003)
Yates job is news to Pemberton: Robin Pemberton just chuckles when asked about him name being in the rumor mill as a possible player in the #88 car reorganization process. His reason is very simple — he has not been approached by Robert Yates about the job. “Yeah, I saw that,” said Pemberton regarding Internet reports that he was on the Yates reorganization short list. “But no one’s called me about a job. That includes Yates. I’m just doing my job here and see the rumors and kind of have to laugh about them.” Pemberton has been busy with numerous projects since coming on-board with Ford in February and says that his job as Ford’s director of field operations is quite unlike any other he’s had before. “I’m kind of like a doctor,” said Pemberton. “Stopping here and there, helping as I can. I offer what advice and suggestions I can and move on to the next shop.” (Ford Racing)(4-17-2003)
Jarrett Speaks, Wants Support: Dale Jarrett said Friday's he's looking for a crew chief who "supports and believes in me as a driver" after his Robert Yates Racing team's decision to dismiss Brad Parrott from that role this week. Parrott's older brother, Todd, who was the crew chief on the #88 Fords when Jarrett won the 1999 Winston Cup title, was also placed on "indefinite leave" this week. Based on comments from Jarrett and team general manager Doug Yates Friday, however, it seems all but definite that Todd Parrott won't be back. "I think some confidence was lost in the misrepresentation of some things," Jarrett said. "As a driver you're out there busting your tail week in and week out. Even in years where you win seven races...or the championship that might not be enough - you get that little hint. You hear things. ...To be quite honest, I've been a little disappointed in some things I've heard. So that's kind of separated us a little bit more."
Jarrett finished 10th in the Daytona 500 and then won the season's second race at Rockingham, but has no top-10 finishes since. He pointed to a test the team had at Texas as the point at which he began to feel things weren't working with him and Brad Parrott. "I was just not pleased with what I saw there," Jarrett said. "Then just a few things have happened during some races that kind of threw up a red flag." Parrott was hired Thursday by Roush Racing to be the car chief for Jeff Burton's #99 Fords. He was Burton's Busch Series crew chief last season for a team that won five races in 14 starts. "I never once had the opportunity to put a Brad Parrott set-up under the race car," Parrott said of the 88 team. "It was always what this team had or what that team had." Garth Finley and Richard Buck will share duties leading Jarrett's No. 88 team for the Virginia 500 this weekend. Robin Pemberton's name has been mentioned as a possible long-term replacement for Parrott, but Yates said Friday no decisions have been made. "Right now there's a vacancy sign up and we're just going to explore our options," said Yates, son of team owner Robert Yates. "We're just going to see who's out there."(ThatsRacin.com)(4-12-2003)
Pemberton to Yates? UPDATE Makar? Robert and Doug Yates have been silent since putting Brad and Todd Parrott on the sideline this week, but the two car owners said they will talk about their team shakeup today and their plans for the future of Dale Jarrett's half of their two-car team. Robin Pemberton is the subject of speculation for a possible to move to the Yateses' team. Pemberton worked about 10 years with Rusty Wallace and Roger Penske, after a long run with Jack Roush. Last season Pemberton worked with Kyle Petty at Petty Enterprises, but he left at the start of the season to take a role with Ford Motor Company as the field director.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-11-2003) UPDATE Makar? One name that came to the surface quickly was Jimmy Makar. Makar would be an interesting choice since he and Dale Jarrett have raced and won together when Jarrett was with Joe Gibbs, prior to his joining the Yates organization. Makar couldn’t be found at Martinsville and the Yates camp is holding their cards close to the vest, so no discussions took place regarding the viability of that rumor.(from Ford Racing)(4-12-2003)
Parrott Speaks: Brad Parrott, car chief of the #99 Citgo Taurus, held a brief Q&A session in the Martinsville Speedway Infield Media Center before NASCAR Winston Cup qualifying to discuss his departure from Robert Yates Racing and re-hiring at Roush Racing. (a few choice tidbits, see link in parens for more).
“First of all, I’d like to say that there’s not a better person in this garage area than Dale Jarrett. He’s a great person, individual and race car driver. I worked from February 1st to Tuesday and had one day off. I worked to make Dale Jarrett the best race car driver in the garage area and I’m sorry I couldn’t make that happen. I’m here this weekend and I’m racing with Jeff Burton for the next three years for sure. I’ve got a contract now and I’m happy about it. I know Jeff Burton is gonna go out and win a lot of races and I’m gonna help Paul Andrews. I’m gonna be the car chief on the 99 Citgo team and we’re gonna go win races and go have fun.”
WHAT HAPPENED FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE? “I was told there were too many opinions and that comes from going in the truck at Texas. I stayed out by the car and worked on the car at Texas a little bit and went in the truck and there were four guys in the truck telling Dale what the race car needed, so I turned around and walked back out.”
HAVE YOU TALKED TO TODD? “Todd is taking a month off and he’ll evaluate his situation when it comes time, but you’ll have to talk to him about what his plans are.”
DID YOU TALK TO YOUR DAD [Buddy] AND WHAT DID HE SAY? “Yeah, I heard from dad. He remembers the time back in 1978 that he walked into the DiGard shop and took care of business. He asked me if I took care of business and I said, ‘no’ because times have changed.”(Ford Racing)(4-12-2003)
Wilburn staying at the #2 UPDATE: #2-Rusty Wallace/Penske Racing crew chief, Billy Wilburn, said there are no truth to the rumors [not here!] that he is leaving the team or being released.(XM Satellite- NASCAR Radio - Subscription Required)(4-10-2003) UPDATE: the rumor floating around is that once Todd Parrott gets out of his 'lifetime' contract with Robert Yates, he could be headed to the #2 Penske team.(4-10-2003)
Parrotts Out at RYR? UPDATE 3 It's Official: hearing some rumors that Todd and Brad Parrott have left Robert Yates Racing, still checking into it. UPDATE: hearing Brad was released and Todd is on some sort of leave from the team.(4-8-2003) UPDATE 2: have confirmed that Brad is no longer with RYR and Todd has taken a "leave of absense". The #88 team will use current members of the RYR organization for Martinsville this weekend. Expect an official PR later this morning.(4-9-2003) UPDATE 2 the Press Release: Robert Yates Racing announced changes to the management structure of the #88 UPS team. Effective immediately, Brad Parrott has been released from crew chief duties on the #88 team. Additionally, Competition Director Todd Parrott has taken an indefinite leave of absence from Robert Yates Racing. General Manager Doug Yates hopes the change will give the team the opportunity to take a step back, regroup and get the race program on target for the remainder of 2003. The 2003 season got off to a strong start for Dale Jarrett and the #88 Robert Yates Racing team with a 10th-place finish at Daytona, and a win at Rockingham. Jarrett was second in the points following the win at Rockingham in February, but currently sits 12th. Daytona and Rockingham are the #88 team's only top-10 finishes in 2003. The #88 team will be under the temporary leadership of Garth Finley and Richard Buck this weekend at Martinsville. Yates believes this change in personnel is necessary to get the #88 team back to championship form. "We are in the business of winning races and championships," Yates said. "For the last several races, this team hasn't performed to the level that we know it is capable of performing. We said at the beginning of 2003 we would do whatever it took to get the #88 team and Dale Jarrett back to championship contending form. This wasn't an easy decision but it was a necessary one, and we hopefully will be able to get the #88 team back to victory lane and back to where they are the team everyone looks to beat." Doug Yates and Dale Jarrett will be available for questions in the infield media center at Martinsville Speedway this Friday, April 11th at 10:30am/et.(Elevation Motorsports/RYR PR) and see articles at ThatsRacin.com and Ford Racing(4-9-2003)
Jarrett and Sadler to the final four: Robert Yates Racing teammates Dale Jarrett and Elliott Sadler plan to fly to New Orleans following Winston Cup practice Saturday to attend the semifinal games in the men's NCAA basketball tournament. Texas coach Rick Barnes is the drivers' ticket connection.(ThatsRacin.com)(4-5-2003)
New #88 Paint Scheme soon? UPDATE: supposedly in a few weeks, a new UPS logo will appear on the #88 Ford driven by Dale Jarrett. Supposedly after it is introduced it will run the remainder of the 2003 season(3-13-2003) UPDATE - UPS To Change Logo: United Parcel Service isn't giving up its trademark color, but the box in its logo is being shipped out. A UPS Boeing 767 will touch down at Louisville International Airport this morning bearing the company's first new logo since 1961. Gone will be the string bow atop a yellow-and-brown shield. A more contemporary look will incorporate the letters UPS in a brown shield outlined in yellow and gold. An accompanying tag line will read "Synchronizing the World of Commerce." Work on the logo, the fourth in UPS' 95 years, has taken about a year, said John Beystehner, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing, who was formerly based in Louisville as vice president of airline operations. The transition to the new look will take years more. The 767 arriving today is one of the first of more than 88,000 vehicles, including 257 large jet aircraft, that will get the new design. About 40 planes will be repainted this year, but the air fleet changeover won't be complete until 2008. Ground vehicles will be changed, too, mostly following their normal three-year painting schedule. The logo also will appear on 1,700 facilities around the world, 70,000 drop-off and retail access points, more than 1 million uniform pieces and more than 3 billion packages annually. The logo, designed by Future Brand of New York City, also will appear on the newly branded Mail Boxes Etc., which next month will become The UPS Store. The logo also will be seen Sunday on the uniform and car of NASCAR racer Dale Jarrett, Beystehner said.(Courier-Journal and the UPS Site), on Friday there will be a UPS Announcement at Texas Motor Speedway.(3-25-2003) IMAGE: got an image sent in, see my 2003 Winston Cup Paint Schemes page - Cars #'s 24-99 for the image.(3-26-2003) AND Look for the new Dale Jarrett, DW, Larry McReynolds and Mike Joy UPS commerical to begin airing the week of the Martinsville weekend.(3-27-2003)
Yates teams get an assoc sponsor: Robert Yates Racing, which fields cars driven by #38-Elliott Sadler and #88-Dale Jarrett, has added Winner International as an associate sponsor. The deal involves The Club and a new WI product, Juice Batteries. The associate sponsorship program marks Winner's first foray into NASCAR driver or team sponsorship.(NASCAR PR)(3-20-2003)
Jarrett Sees Daughters Team: Dale Jarrett witnessed his daughter Natalee’s Hickory High School basketball team loss to the competition by just one point, last night, in an attempt to make the finals of the AAA State Championships. The loss came after three minutes of unanswered scoring against Jarrett’s team, which closed the season with a 24-2 record.(Ford Racing)(3-10-2003)
UPS and NASCAR: From the crash helmet on display at its Sandy Springs headquarters to a national series of TV ads urging racer Dale Jarrett to race a delivery truck, UPS says it's getting maximum mileage from its multimillion-dollar NASCAR sponsorship. It's an odd pairing for the staid delivery firm known for exhaustive planning and conservative business practices. But UPS has steadily expanded its NASCAR presence since its first race sponsorship in 2000, and the company recently extended its annual contract for Jarrett's #88 car through 2006. Now, UPS uses NASCAR events to launch new products, entertain big clients, showcase national ads and reward employees --- a broader, more comprehensive approach than other NASCAR sponsors. At the Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend, hundreds of UPS employees will be showing off the company's products, selling merchandise and entertaining clients during the Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500. If the UPS car finishes in the top five, employees at the famously buttoned-down company will be allowed to wear casual clothes next week. When John Beystehner, UPS senior vice president for sales and marketing, showed up at his first NASCAR event in Talladega, Ala., four years ago, he was convinced it would be a good fit for the 360,000-employee delivery firm. Atlanta's Home Depot and Coca-Cola also sponsor NASCAR racers, but NASCAR officials say no other company has adopted the sport as thoroughly as UPS. UPS has directed a variety of managers to get involved in NASCAR promotions, and they've come up with a broad array of promotions. This year UPS began offering "trackside services," or next-day letters that could be sent to or from pit row at the Daytona 500. The company also began a series of humorous "race the truck" ads encouraging Jarrett to go head to head with a UPS delivery van. UPS won't say how much it spends on NASCAR-related promotions each year. Trade journals say the going rate for a major sponsorship and a top driver is about $15 million a year. UPS has one major and one minor sponsorship. UPS sells next-day-air envelopes with #88 on them, and it recouped more than $1 million last year from the sale of shirts, hats, jackets and other goods with its corporate logo. UPS has a separate racing Web site where it promotes the sales. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)(3-6-2003)
Jarrett wins at the Rock: #88-Dale Jarrett wins the Subway 400 at North Carolina Speedway, his 31st overall Winston Cup win, crew chief Brad Parrot's first win. The win makes it 11 years in a row that Jarrett has won at least one race. #97-Kurt Busch was 2nd for the 2nd race in a row, and takes over the Winston Cup Points lead. Result Links at: Jayski, ThatsRacin.com, NASCAR.com or Motorsports One.(2-23-2003) UPDATE when the Official Results came out today for the Subway 400, many finishing positions were changed between 14th and 28th. #7-Spencer was dropped from 19th to 28th, 13 positions were changed [no idea why, looks like some lap counts were off, that is why I wait until the official results to do most of my stats pages].(2-24-2003)
Team Testing Helps Jarrett win: Dale Jarrett and crew chief Brad Parrott say teammate Elliott Sadler's February test at Rockingham provided their team the data it needed to set up Jarrett's winning Ford. "They handed their book over to me," Parrott says. "And that won us the race." Because practice was rained out last Saturday, Sadler's notes were invaluable for establishing the baseline setup on Jarrett's #88. Sadler finished ninth.(Sporting News)(2-24-2003)
UPS and Harley? UPDATE: hearing the Harley Davidson scheme will run on the #88 UPS Ford with driver Dale Jarrett in 2003, no word on which race(s).(2-4-2003) UPDATE: just been told, the UPS/Harley program will not happen.(2-5-2003)
UPS Extends thru 2006: Dale Jarrett, which on Monday announced it has extended its sponsorship deal with UPS for two years through 2006, took umbrage at a Charlotte Observer story last week saying that Ford's hopes for winning the 2003 manufacturer's championship depend largely on the performance of Roush Racing's five teams. "I am going to give that story to our guys because they might take a little out of it," he said. "I have to disagree with that. They have good teams up there at Roush, they have good drivers and nothing against them. But you're going to see two cars right here that are going to make a huge difference for Ford and it's quest for another manufacturer's title. I can guarantee you that."(ThatsRacin.com)(1-21-2003)
Another Parrott at Yates? If Brad Parrott has his way, he and his brother Todd won't be the only Parrotts working at Robert Yates Racing this year. He's talking to his father, long-time NASCAR veteran crew chief Buddy Parrott, about helping out, too.
"Dad has been out of the sport for two years now. He never went to a race all last year, not one, and he's eager," said Brad Parrott, crew chief for Dale Jarrett's team. "I've asked him for a little background help as far as looking at race films and pit crew films and he said he'd think about the possibility of doing that." Todd Parrott, formerly Jarrett's crew chief, is now the team's director of competition.(ThatsRacin.com)(1-21-2003)
Shell and Yates? UPDATE yep: hearing that Shell Lubricants has signed a Exclusive Product-Technical Agreement with Robert Yates Racing, a multi-year product and technical agreement with Robert Yates Racing. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Shell Lubricants will supposedly be the exclusive lubricant supplier for the Robert Yates Racing teams. UPDATE: Shell Lubricants today announced a multi-year product and technical agreement with Robert Yates Racing. As part of the sponsorship agreement, Shell Lubricants will be the exclusive lubricant supplier for the Robert Yates Racing teams. The company's alliance with Robert Yates Racing and its involvement in motorsports provide an opportunity for Shell Lubricants to further strengthen its brand, demonstrate the performance of its products and support its retailers and wholesalers. To highlight the relationship, the official ROTELLA T logo will be prominently displayed on the driver and team uniforms and on the racecars. The placement has the potential to reach 540 million people through races, television coverage and other special appearances. In addition to supplying specialty oil and greases to the Yates team, Shell will provide technical support including oil and engine part analysis in an effort to improve performance. Shell branded lubricants, including engine oils, transmission oil, gear box oils, greases and other products will be used in all Robert Yates Racing race cars. The sponsorship, which kicks off at the 2003 Daytona 500, provides numerous marketing, promotional and networking opportunities for Shell Lubricants as well as for its retailers and wholesalers.(Rotella PR)(1-16-2003)
Yates Racing Moving: Charlotte-based Robert Yates Racing Inc. will move both its Winston Cup teams into a newly purchased Mooresville headquarters next month, making southern Iredell County the home for all its operations. The move will likely cost more than $6 million, observers say. Yates officials decline to disclose the company's total investment in the deal. Last month, Yates bought the former Eel River Racing building in Talbert Pointe Business Park for $4.2 million, and Yates Racing is in the process of moving its #88-Dale Jarrett and #38-Elliott Sadler teams into the facility. Yates will vacate a 100,000-square-foot Charlotte facility off Interstate 85, near Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, which is now home to the Jarrett team. The Sadler operation will take the place of the Ricky Rudd team, which was already based in Mooreville. Rudd has left Yates. The move to Mooresville will boost Yates Racing's operations there to more than 200,000 square feet. The relocation should be completed before February, when the 2003 Winston Cup season begins. With the transition, the existing Mooresville team shop for Yates' #28 car — which Rudd drove during the 2002 season — will become a chassis shop. That 50,000-square-foot facility is on Rolling Hills Road in Lakeside Business Park. The #28 will be abandoned for the 2003 racing season in favor of Sadler's #38 car. Having the chassis shop will enable the Yates teams to produce up to 90% of their own racing frames. A newly opened engine shop, housed in an 85,000-square-foot building that's also in Lakeside Business Park, will maintain its existing operations.(Charlotte Business Journal - need to register to read)(12-24-2002)
New Yates Engine Man: Mark McCardle, who formerly worked for Penske and engine developer Ilmor, will oversee Yates' newly opened, 85,000-square-foot engine facility.(Sporting News)(12-23-2002)
Changes at RYR, new crew chief for the #88: Robert Yates Racing [RYR] announced wholesale organizational changes Wednesday, including naming Doug Yates, owner Robert Yates' son, general manager over both Winston Cup teams. Effective immediately, Doug Yates will assume the role of general manager for both the #38 M&M Ford driven by Elliott Sadler and #88 UPS Ford driven by Dale Jarrett, overseeing the daily operations of both teams. Yates will continue to work closely with Yates Racing Engines, which has a strong lease program in addition to supplying engines for Jarrett and Sadler. Todd Parrott, Jarrett's crew chief for seven years, has been named director of competition for Robert Yates Racing. Parrott's new role allows him to focus on "big picture" projects for both the #88 and #38 teams. His responsibilities include overseeing chassis design, car construction and development and testing. Additionally, he will provide technical and race support to RYR's crew chiefs at Winston Cup races. Brad Parrott, Todd's younger brother, returns to RYR and will assume crew chief duties for Jarrett [#88]. A 17-year veteran of the sport, Parrott worked for Robert Yates Racing for six seasons from 1996 through 2001. During his tenure with RYR, Parrott began as a chassis specialist and later worked as assistant crew chief for the #88. Parrott most recently worked at Roush Racing as crew chief for Jeff Burton's #9 BGN team, which won five of the 13 races in which the team entered in 2002. Raymond Fox III has been named crew chief of the #38 team with Sadler. A longtime employee of RYR, Fox has worked full time as a mechanic for Yates since 1990, turning wrenches under such drivers as Davey Allison, Kenny Irwin, Ernie Irvan, Jarrett and Ricky Rudd.(ThatsRacin.com)(12-18-2002)
UPS Honors its Scholarship recipients: With the official close of the 2002 Winston Cup season at hand with tonight's championship banquet, UPS is recognizing its five UPS Racing Technical Edge Scholarship recipients. These future minority NASCAR drivers, crew members and technicians are currently enrolled in the new NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI) in Mooresville, N.C., and are receiving the benefits of these UPS scholarship funds totaling $80,000. The scholarship program unites two important UPS goals: to encourage diversity and advance educational opportunity. UPS, an avid supporter of the sport's growing and diverse fan base, actively participates on the NASCAR Diversity Council and is working to introduce minority supplier opportunities to NASCAR. During the enrollment process for NTI, UPS scholarship recipients were selected based on financial need, automotive work experience and automotive-related career goals. Five more minority students will participate in the program next year. Among the recipients is Lael McMurry, a 19-year old woman from Tularosa, N.M. McMurry holds a lifelong passion for stock car racing, a devotion that has taken her from learning about automotive technology to actually competing on local racetracks for the past four years. To fulfill her desire to work at Dale Earnhardt Inc. (DEI), whose founder is also Lael's long-time role model, she began classes at the NASCAR Technical Institute in August and plans to graduate in September 2003.
Additional UPS Racing Technical Edge Scholarship Recipients include:
Reginald Douthit, Winston-Salem, N.C.: Douthit began taking classes at the NTI when it opened in July and forecasts an August 2003 graduation. Pursuing a career in automobile racing, he has already completed a two-year automotive body repair course. He is a Kevin Harvick fan and aspires to work with a Winston Cup team in the future.
Cody Brown, Dandridge, Tenn.: Following high school graduation, Brown began taking classes at the NTI in September and expects to complete his course work by October 2003. He has always enjoyed working on cars and hopes to land with a racing team.
Arnold Lettsome Jr., Lithonia, Ga.: A Service Advisor and Technician for more than one year at Stone Mountain Toyota, Lettsome is currently working at Napa Auto Care Center in Mooresville, Ga., and began taking classes at the NTI in mid-October. He is planning to graduate in November 2003 with long-term goals to work for a car dealership and eventually open his own automotive shop. Lettsome credits his uncle, an automotive technician, for helping to fuel his passion for this field.
Hai Link "Mike" Ngo, Clover, S.C.: Following his attendance at Central Piedmont Community College where he studied automotive body and refinish, Ngo enrolled at the NTI this summer. He expects to graduate in September 2003 and then attend the Volkswagen Graduate program, where he hopes to earn a position at a Volkswagen dealership in California.(Business Wire)(12-6-2002)
A Wild UPS Commercial? Hearing that Darrell Waltrip, Larry McReynolds and Mike Joy recently filmed a new UPS commercial in Charlotte.. No word on when it will air.(11-19-2002)
Ford Credit Re-Ups with the #88: Ford Credit has agreed to terms with Robert Yates Racing on a one-year associate sponsorship package involving Dale Jarrett and the #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford Taurus beginning in 2003, as announced today by Phil Gordon, Motorsports Marketing Manager. Co-sponsor of the #88 Ford in NASCAR Winston Cup Series competition from 1996-2000 and associate sponsor since 2001, Ford Credit is a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company and the world's largest provider of automotive finance. It serves more than 10 million customers in 40 countries. During its association with Robert Yates Racing, Ford Credit has donated over $630,000 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation based on Dale Jarrett's race finishes and pole qualifying. Two years ago, Ford Credit added an initiative called Race Fans for a Cure, where fans may make donations to the Komen Foundation at select races and events. Race Fans for a Cure has raised over $230,000 -- often a dollar at a time -- for the Komen Foundation since 2000.(Ford PR)(10-31-2002)
Sad News: Eoline “Mom” Leatherman Jarrett, 92, of Hickory-Lincolnton Highway, died Oct. 27, 2002, at her residence. She is the mother of NASCAR great Ned Jarrett and grandmother to Dale (driver of the #88 UPS Ford) and broadcaster Glenn.(full obit at the Hickory Record)(10-30-2002)
No Changes at RYR #88: Although Dale Jarrett could finish outside of the top 10 in points for the first time since 1994, he says he's “not expecting any changes” next season despite rumors of a crew chief swap. Todd Parrott decided to move from crew chief into the front office at the end of last season, but he returned as crew chief in April because the team was struggling and outside the top 20 in points. Jarrett, with two victories since, is making a late push for the top 10.(Sporting News)(10-15-2002)
Jarrett had concussion too, lost memory: Please excuse Dale Jarrett if he acts as if it is his first time on Kansas Speedway when Winston Cup cars take the green flag Sunday for the Protection One 400. Even though he qualified, practiced and raced at the Kansas City 1.5-mile oval in 2001, he remembers only a fleeting second before his #88 Ford hit the wall in Turn 1, 370 miles into the 400-mile race. "The only thing I do remember is that entrance into Turn 1 and getting tapped," Jarrett said. "From that point, I don't remember anything before the race started and I don't remember anything after that until I was getting on the airplane to come back to North Carolina." Jarrett was racing Bobby Labonte on Lap 247 when he got toether with the #18 Pontiac, Jarrett's car veered violently into the wall of the then-new track, sending him to hospital with a severe concussion. "It was actually the first time I've had a concussion, especially one of this magnitude," Jarrett said in a teleconference call. "It'll be like my first time at Kansas City. I don't remember the garage area. I know the shape of the racetrack just from knowing it's a lot like Chicago, but from actually being on the track, I don't remember any of that."(Toronto Sun)(9-26-2002)
Yates to build Chevy/GM Engines? Robert Yates' long-term goal may be to ease out of the car-owner business and concentrate on organizing a major engine-building operation, similar to Cosworth, according to men close to him. Already Yates, a Ford man for more than 15 years, has men building Dodge engines, and he will have men building Chevrolet engines next year for Pontiac's Cal Wells. One question is whether Yates would turn his Winston Cup teams over to son Doug Yates, who is an integral part of the family's engine building division.(Winston Salem Journal)(9-23-2002) UPDATE: Doug Yates says 10 of his former engine builders are working with Cal Wells' new in-house program at PPI Motorsports. Wells currently leases engines from Yates, but the team will build its own when it switches from Ford to Pontiac next season.(Sporting News)(9-24-2002)
Yates and three teams in 2003? There's still a slight possibility Robert Yates could be forced to field three teams next season if sponsor Chevron/Texaco opts out of an agreement with Chip Ganassi Racing. Chevron [Havoline/Texaco], which currently sponsors the #28 Ford that Ricky Rudd drives for Yates, is believed to be moving to Ganassi next season to fund a third entry. But Yates said the deal had a clause that allowed the sponsor to go back to him if the Ganassi entry did not shape up to its liking. Because there's such a slim pool of available drivers for Ganassi to pick from, that could happen. The deadline is this week, Yates said. Yates is firm in that he only wants to field two cars next season. Elliott Sadler is stepping into the ride Rudd currently drives and M&M's will sponsor it [but will switch to #38]. So Yates tried to get out of his deal with Texaco a year early, freeing the company to sign with Ganassi. Ganassi officials have not confirmed that they have made a sponsorship deal with Texaco, but have admitted they want to field three teams next season.(ThatsRacin.com/AP)(9-2-2002)
Sadler spends time with Jarrett at RIR: Elliott Sadler never made a lap during a NASCAR test session at Richmond on Wednesday, but Sadler spent the day soakingup information from Dale Jarrett, his teammate next year at Robert Yates Racing, and Michael "Fatback" McSwain, his future crew chief. McSwain normally heads up the #28 driven by Ricky Rudd but called the shots yesterday on Jarrett's No. 88 Ford while Jarrett's crew chief, Todd Parrott, remained at the team's North Carolina shop. Sadler will test at Kentucky Speedway with his new team before the end of the season. Jarrett, turned laps yesterday with Michael Waltrip, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and several others. Also, Ernie Irvan, who retired in 1999, returned to the 0.75-mile oval where he won two Winston Cup races. Irvan provided pointers to Michael Vergers, a Holland native who is trying to break into the BGN [with Irvan's old team MB2].(Richmond Times Dispatch)(8-28-2002)
IRWIN Rough to Finish Award: Everyone knew that last Sunday's Pepsi 400 at Michigan International Speedway would come down to pit strategy and a tremendous effort on the track. Proving that true, Dale Jarrett drove the #88 UPS Racing Ford to a win after a spin on lap 12 sent him to the back of the pack. But it was crew chief Todd Parrott's sound pit strategy on the final pit stop of the day that helped secure Jarrett's second win of the season and his second IRWIN "Rough to the Finish" Award of the season.
On lap 12, Jarrett passed Jeremy Mayfield and suddenly got loose through the end of turn four, sending him spinning through the infield grass. After a quick pit stop to repair the damages to the left front fender, Jarrett started at the back of the lead lap, but consistently moved up through of the field as the day went on. By the halfway point of the race, Jarrett had climbed inside the top-10, where he remained for most of the second half. When the final pit stop came around and it was time to make a strategy decision, Parrott decided that four tires were the way to go when most teams were taking two. The move placed Jarrett in 17th position, but he quickly moved up, taking the lead from Jeff Burton for good with four laps remaining. "It was an incredible day, both on the track and in the pits," said Parrott.. "Who would have thought we'd be in Victory Lane after spinning out like we did?. Dale did a tremendous job charging up through the field, and the guys in the pits never let up for a second. This award is a credit to this entire team's efforts and proves that if you stay focused under pressure, you can come out victorious."
Each week throughout the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup season, Irwin, makers of professional power tool accessories like Marathon Plus saw blades and Speedbor flat bits, is partnering with Performance Racing Network to honor the crew chief who had the toughest day in the pits, but still managed to help his team to a strong finish. The IRWIN Rough to the Finish Award includes an assortment of tools for the crew chief and a $250 check donated to the Ellerbe, NC Educational Fund in the racing team's name.. The year-end winner of the crew chief points standings will win a $5,000 check donated to the Fund.. Race fans wanting to make a contribution to the Fund may do so by sending it to the Ellerbe, NC Educational Fund, PO Box 443, Ellerbe, NC 28338. In addition to the crew chief award, Irwin is also sponsoring the weekly nationally syndicated radio show, "Fast Talk with Benny Parsons", throughout the upcoming year.(Golin Harris PR)(8-22-2002)
Ned Jarrett Update: been asked about NASCAR Legend Ned Jarrett, also former broadcaster and dather of curretn Cup driver #88-Dale Jarrett [DJ], so here ya go: Last night during Raybestos Fast Talk with Benny Parsons, Ned Jarrett called in to let the fans know how his health was doing. Ned said that he has had 4 Heart Cauterizations, 2 Angio-plasties and stints put in with each angio plastey. He had two vessels that were blocked. One was 95% blocked and the other 85% blocked. A little after that he had a blood clot. He went into the hospital and they put him on IV's with blood thinner and he felt better with in a few hours. In fact, he was playing golf three days later. Jarrett does have 1 artery that goes from his heart to his arm that has a "kink" in it and some blockage but they are treating that with medication. He goes to the cardiac rehab 3 days a week and still continues to do his regular exercises. Doug Rice asked him about being anxious watching DJ on Sunday.. He said. that the doctors gave him some medication for anxiety.. Towards the end of Sunday's race he wished he had taken one earlier. He watches every lap and listens to every word that they do.(Performance Racing Network)(8-21-2002)
NAPCM Pit Crew Of The Week (Michigan): #88 UPS Crew. Hard work and great stops all day took the #88 UPS Crew
from Spin to Win. Unchallenged performance on pit road made the #88 UPS Crew the undeniable pit road champion this week. Congratulations #88 Crew on being selected this week’s NAPCM Pit Crew Of The Week sponsored by Toxabsorb, 21st Century “Spill Magnet”, Pit Road Competitive Edge and the Official Spill Response Agent of the National Association Of Pit Crew Members. Visit
www.toxabsorb.com for all Toxabsorb household and pit road uses.(National Association of Pit Crew Members PR/website)(8-20-2002)
DJ Wins at Michigan: #88-Dale Jarrett wins the Pepsi 400 at Michigan after spinning thru the grass on lap 12 of the race and taking four tires when most took two on the 2nd to last caution. It was Jarrett's 4th win at MIS and this race has been run on August 18th three times (1991, 1996 and 2002) and who won? Dale Jarrett. #99-Jeff Burton came a few laps short as the engine went sour and finally blew at the checkers. #20-Tony Stewart finished 2nd, followed by #29-Kevin Harvick, #99-Jeff Burton and #6-Mark Martin. Race Results: at ThatsRacin.com or NASCAR.com.(8-18-2002)
Parrott's Comments UPDATE: got a ton of questions on what #88 UPS Crew Chief Todd Parrott was talking about when he was interviewed after Dale Jarrett won. From the Ford Racing site: You Mentioned Something About A Family Member After The Race? "It’s been a tough couple of weeks. Anytime I win I get emotional. That’s just the type of person I am. It’s hard. To be honest, the schedule that we keep and the time that we’re away from our families is tough. Anytime you win, you think about family and that’s all I had on my mind."(8-19-2002) UPDATE: and see a FoxSports column by Jeff Hammond: Parrott shows strain in Victory Lane.(8-20-2002)
#88 Too Low; #28 Unapproved part UPDATE - Penalties/fines: Dale Jarrett’s #88 Ford was found to be approximately 1/8th of an inch below the 51-inch minimum height requirement following post-race inspection. Jarrett finished third in Sunday’s New England 300. NASCAR spokesperson Danielle Frye said it was likely Jarrett’s team would be penalized driver and car owner points for the infraction. In the past, fines have been the typical penalty for such violations.(ThatsRacin.com)(7-21-2002) AND - NASCAR finds unapproved part on #28: NASCAR officials confiscated an unapproved jacking bolt from the No. 28 Ford of driver Ricky Rudd during pre-qualifying inspection on Friday. A fine is likely.(ThatsRacin.com)(7-22-2002) PENALTIES ANNOUNCED: NASCAR officials penalized two NASCAR Winston Cup crew chiefs today for infractions discovered during this past weekend's New England 300 at New Hampshire International Speedway in Loudon, N.H.
Todd Parrott, crew chief of the #88 Ford Taurus, was fined $20,000 and his team was also penalized 25 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship driver points as well as 25 NASCAR Winston Cup Series Championship owner points. Parrott's team was penalized under Section 12-4-T of the 2002 NASCAR Winston Cup Series rule book: "Any car that is found to be under the specified height requirement after the completion of time trials, qualifying races, or the race." The #88 car was approximately one-eighth of an inch too low. The minimum height requirement is 51 inches.
Michael McSwain, crew chief of the #28 Ford Taurus, was fined $500 and penalized under Sections 12-4-Q and 20-12-1A: "Any determination by NASCAR Officials that parts and/or equipment used in the Event do not conform to NASCAR rules; unapproved jacking bolt."(NASCAR PR)(7-22-2002)
Third Yates Team - Domino's Pizza? M&M's already signed? Even if Ricky Rudd does leave Yates' #28 team, Yates may still add a third team to his operation next year, according to sources close to the situation, who say that Domino's Pizza could provide the new paint scheme. No word on what might happen to Texaco. Yates has already signed a contract with M&M Mars for his second team, according to industry sources. That would presumably be for Elliott Sadler.(Winston Salem Journal)(7-10-2002)
New Yates Team, the home for Sadler? Doug Yates, son of Robert Yates Racing owner Robert Yates, has started the process toward owning a Winston Cup race team and might be the missing piece to the puzzle surrounding the rumored hiring of Elliott Sadler. New corporation listings printed in The Charlotte Observer on June 24 show a new company called Doug Yates Racing Inc. incorporated in Mecklenburg County (N.C.) between June 10 and June 14. Doug Yates, who oversees the engine department at Yates Racing, confirmed Friday that he hopes his future in the sport would be as a team owner and said the filing of the incorporation documents was the first step in that process. Sources confirmed Friday that the Doug Yates operation would be the much-discussed third team at Robert Yates Racing next season, which would be the new home for driver Elliott Sadler, who is leaving the #21 Fords of Wood Brothers Racing at season's end. In an interview Thursday, Ricky Rudd, driver of Robert Yates' #28 Fords, said the following when asked if Robert Yates had told him whether he had signed a new driver: "I think I can honestly say that I think Robert can honestly say that he did not sign another driver and he can say that with a clear conscience." Doug Yates' hiring of Elliott Sadler would prove Rudd's statement correct. Rudd himself is still deciding whether to retire from the sport or remain with the #28 or move to another Winston Cup team. Doug Yates said his team would have ties with his father's, but he would like to be independent. "I want to be on my own enough to gain the experience he had to go through to get to where he's at today," Doug Yates said.(ThatsRacin.com)(7-5-2002)
Jarrett to take batting practice UPDATE add Petty: Dale Jarrett will take batting practice with the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday, June 19, at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco.(PR)(6-18-2002) AND Kyle Petty will be appearing at Pac Bell Park before Thursday afternoon's game between the Giants and Devil Rays after visiting a children's hospital in Oakland that morning. He will then take part in pregame ceremonies before the 3:30pm (EDT) game. Petty's appearance will be part of the kickoff festivities for his annual cross-country motorcycle ride for charity, which begins after Sunday's race at Sears Point.(ThatsRacin)(6-19-2002)
Another Donation: Dale Jarrett's pole win on Friday for the Sirius Satellite Radio 400 at Michigan International Speedway results in another $5,000 donation from Ford Credit to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Ford Credit, associate sponsor of the #88 UPS Ford, has now donated $600,000 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of season bonuses since 1998 - including $15,000 this year.
Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Jarrett's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish and $5,000 for each pole position won (as fastest qualifier).(Ford Credit PR)(6-16-2002)
DJ wants Ricky to stay:. Dale Jarrett says he has talked with Ricky Rudd about Rudd's decision whether to stay with Robert Yates racing, move to another team,.or retire. DJ said, "He's been at this a long time obviously...and like myself he's got a young son and a wonderful wife that he would like to spend more time with....and that's understandable....so if he's gonna retire we understand that. But, if he's gonna race, I hope it's with Robert Yates Racing."(PRN's Garagepass)(6-14-2002)
Ford Credit Donates More: #88-Dale Jarrett's victory in the Pocono 500 at Pocono Raceway on Sunday results in another $10,000 donation from Ford Credit to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Ford Credit, associate sponsor of the #88 UPS Ford, gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Jarrett's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish and $5,000 for each pole position won (as fastest qualifier). Ford Credit has now donated $595,000 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses since 1998.(Campbell Co/Race Fans for a Cure PR)(6-12-2002)
Yates and Action: Action Performance Companies announced an agreement has been reached with Robert Yates Racing to extend their ongoing exclusive licensing and marketing contract until 2017. The new agreement seeks to maintain the diversity and influence of Action's licensing portfolio while capitalizing on the Robert Yates Racing brand and NASCAR's enduring market potential. Under the extended agreement, Action Performance has the exclusive rights to produce die-cast race car replicas, apparel and other merchandise for Robert Yates Racing teams, including the #88 UPS Ford, the #28 Havoline Ford and the #98 Channellock BGN Ford. In addition to production exclusives, the agreement also allows Action Performance to continue developing and producing Historical Series vehicles from the storied Robert Yates Racing collection, including cars for celebrated driver Davey Allison.(Business Wire)(6-4-2002)
Ned Jarrett OK: NASCAR Legend and father of Dale Jarrett, Ned, had a mild health scare when he experienced shortness of breath earlier this week. Jarrett, a two-time Winston Cup champion, was admitted to a hospital in Newton Thursday for a catherterization and angioplasty on an artery that was 95 percent blocked. He was released from the hospital on Friday and Dale Jarrett spent time with him at his home. "I went and saw him last night at home and he's doing well," Dale Jarrett said. "As a matter of fact, if they weren't having a member-guest golf tournament, he was going to play golf today, so he's doing well."(Daytona Beach News Journal/AP)(5-26-2002)
Jerry Jones and Petree close to a deal UPDATE 2 Jarrett says no: Nearly a year after acknowledging an interest in owning a Winston Cup car, Jerry Jones and the Cowboys are close to buying controlling interest in the Andy Petree racing team, Petree said Wednesday. "We're just about there," Petree said. "I think we're where we need to be to get it done. We've been close for a long time, and all we need to do is get it down on paper so it reflects all of the things that we've talked about." Petree declined to discuss specifics of the negotiations, but said the sides had cleared all major obstacles. Under the agreement, the Cowboys would handle the racing team's marketing; Petree would have final say on racing matters. One Cowboys source said a letter of intent, normally the final step before a contract is drawn up, has not yet been written. Still, two team sources said the Cowboys expect the deal to be done this summer, well before the start of the 2003 Winston Cup season. Two Cowboys sources said the football team would pay at least $6 million to buy a stake in Petree Racing. The sources said the Cowboys total expenses would be about $21 million, with approximately $15 million per year to operate two cars on the circuit and pay for equipment, drivers, trailers to haul cars and other expenses. A Cowboys source said the club has discussed unveiling its cars during halftime of a regular-season game, perhaps the Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Redskins because of the national-TV exposure. Buying a stake in Petree's team would make the Cowboys the first sports franchise to be a primary sponsor for a major Winston Cup car. Several sources said the Cowboys have had preliminary discussions with Pizza Hut about sponsoring a car, and Pizza Hut spokeswoman Julie Hildebrand confirmed the club had made a proposal but nothing more than that. One Cowboys source and one NASCAR source said the Cowboys have also had preliminary talks with Ciclon Energy Drink about sponsoring a car. Elmer Scheiber, Ciclon's chief executive officer, could not be reached for comment. A NASCAR source said the Cowboys are interested in having one well-known driver and one driver with local ties. Team officials have talked to David Starr, who lives in Irving, about potentially being one of the racing team's two drivers next season. Starr, who declined to comment, run in the CTS. "The next step is getting a driver," Petree said. "That's why we have to get the contracts signed. Then we can press on." A team source said Tuesday the club is close to an agreement with Ford to become the club's sponsor in the car/truck category. Petree acknowledged the racing team will switch from Chevrolet to Ford next season because the car maker has a deal with the Cowboys.(Dallas Morning News - may need to register to read), see all the past news. links and rumors on this at my #33 Team News and Links page or my #55 Team News and Links page.(5-23-2002) UPDATE: Car owner [#33 and #55] Andy Petree said he and Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys have finally come to an agreement to run a two-team Winston Cup operation next season, and sources close to the situation say that the top driver on Jones' list is Dale Jarrett, the 1999 series champion now driving for Robert Yates and that Jones is willing to pay whatever it takes to get him. Petree wouldn't confirm or deny Jarrett is on the list, but Petree, an Asheville car owner, said the Jones-Petree operation would be fielding two strong teams with top drivers. And Petree said that Bobby Hamilton's contract was up at the end of this season, leaving that situation unsettled.(Winston Salem Journal)(5-24-2002) UPDATE 2: Despite recent reports to the contrary, Dale Jarrett has no plans of leaving Robert Yates Racing. And in fact, he's agitated that such speculation has surfaced and no one so much as asked him about it. "I'm (ticked) off about it," Jarrett said, stationed behind his transporter Saturday morning at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "I respect (the media) enough that when y'all come to me and ask me something, I tell y'all the truth. And so far, nobody's come to me and asked me if I'm going anywhere." Jarrett was rumored to be making a move to Andy Petree Racing to drive the #55 Chevy. He confirmed that Petree had inquired about the partnership, but at no time did he give any notion that he might change rides. Petree, meanwhile, said he is still in negotiations with Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones about a potential partnership, but declined to discuss the matter. Jarrett said his contract at RYR, as well as that of sponsor United Parcel Service, runs through the 2004 Winston Cup season. He also said that Yates is currently negotiating with UPS about an extension, with Jarrett as driver, through 2006.(NASCAR.com)(5-25-2002)
Jarrett special scheme at Lowes UPDATE: Look for a special paint scheme recognizing the Race Fans For A Cure program on Dale Jarrett's car in the Winston and the Coca Cola 600 in May at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte. To Find Out More About Race Fans For A Cure or to get the booth track schedule, go to www.Racefansforacure.com.(NASCAR.com)(4-27-2002) UPDATE: For the past two-plus years, thousands of race fans have shown their support for Race Fans for a Cure(tm) by wearing pink ribbons. For the next two races, Dale Jarrett's famed #88 UPS Ford will do the same. In support of Race Fans for a Cure(tm) - a joint initiative involving Ford Credit, Dale and Kelley Jarrett and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation - the 7½" x 14" ribbon decal will replace the Ford Credit decal behind the "88" on both sides of Dale Jarrett's Winston Cup Taurus for The Winston on May 18 and the Coca-Cola 600 on May 26. More info on the cause at www.racefansforacure.com. Ford Credit, associate sponsor of Jarrett's #88, sponsors Race Fans for a Cure(tm) display booths at various race-related events - including the NASCAR Winston Cup and Busch Series weekend at Lowe's Motor Speedway on Saturday, May 25, and Sunday, May 26. Display booths will also be at the 600 Festival in downtown Charlotte from May 23 to 25; Dale Jarrett Ford in Monroe, N.C. on May 16; and Dale Jarrett, Inc., in Newton, N.C., on May 24.(campbell Co/Ford Racing PR)(5-10-2002)
Crew Chiefs Fined: NASCAR officials announced that crew chiefs Todd Parrott of the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and Marc Reno of the NASCAR Busch Series have been fined $2,500 each for rules infractions that occurred this past weekend at Richmond International Raceway. Parrott, crew chief for NASCAR Winston Cup driver Dale Jarrett, was issued the fine for having an improperly attached weight on the #88 car, which was found during qualifying inspection for the Pontiac Excitement 400. Reno, crew chief for the NASCAR #1 Busch Series entry of Jimmy Spencer, was fined for having hollow rear axle "U" bolts on the car during Friday's Hardee's 250.(NASCAR PR)(5-8-2002)
Parrott is "IRWIN Rough to the Finish" award winner: #88 crew chief Todd Parrott is this week's "IRWIN Rough to the Finish" award winner. The team finished fourth in Sunday's Virginia 500 at Martinsville Speedway. In a caution-filled race, Dale Jarrett avoided several incidents on his way to his first top-five finish of the 2002 season. Jarrett started the Virginia 500 in 31st place. "Track position is everything here and you had to really plan your strategy," said crew chief Todd Parrott. "It worked out for us today and we were able to get a good top-five finish." Jarrett lost a lap early in the race when the team was penalized 15 seconds for having to use a back-up air wrench. After getting back on the lead lap during a caution on lap 254, the team climbed as high as second before slipping to a fourth-place finish. "We really didn't think we had a chance for the win after we got a lap down," Parrott said. "The guys did a really good job and got Dale back on the lead lap. It was a hard fought battle."(Golin Harris PR)(4-17-2002)
Elledge to stay at Yates? Robert Yates is interested in offering Jimmy Elledge the job as crew chief for rookie Kasey Kahne on the Busch series. Last week, Yates put Todd Parrott back in charge of Dale Jarrett's team, leaving Elledge looking for work. Elledge says he'll take a couple weeks off to assess his future. Ray Evernham says he'd like Elledge to take over as crew chief for Casey Atwood's team, and Richard Childress may also be looking at Elledge, who worked for him for several years.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-8-2002)
Elledge to leave Yates? UPDATE 4: Dodge is wooing Jimmy Elledge, one of the Winston Cup tour's rising young crew chiefs, to leave Robert Yates' Ford #88 operation to join Ray Evernham's Dodge gang as crew chief for #7-Casey Atwood on the Jimmy Smith-Buddy Barnes operation. And Barnes yesterday said that Elledge could be joining his team soon. Smith, the team owner in a partnership with Evernham, and Barnes, the general manager and interim crew chief, have been rebuilding the team since losing sponsorship last fall. Atwood finished 18th yesterday, his best of the year.(Winston Salem Journal)(3-25-2002) UPDATE: #88-Dale Jarrett expects to have crew chief Jimmy Elledge with him, discounting recent rumors that Elledge might leave the Robert Yates Racing team. Jarrett said Elledge does not plan to leave and has told Jarrett that repeatedly this week. (Roanoke Times)(3-28-2002) UPDATE 2: When Dale Jarrett and the #88 Robert Yates Racing team heads to Texas this weekend, crew chief Jimmy Elledge will not make the trip. Todd Parrott is now the crew chief of that team. Jimmy Elledge this afternoon says he has decided to pursue other options. The door has been left open for Elledge to return to Robert Yates Racing in another capacity. Todd Parrott had been the crew chief for the previous five seasons but was said to be taking a larger role as general manager with the team when Elledge was hired in the off-season [from the #55 APR team].(FoxSports)(4-3-2002) UPDATE 3: Todd Parrott has reassumed the crew chief position for Dale Jarrett’s #88 Ford team at Robert Yates Racing. Jimmy Elledge, who took over as crew chief after Parrott moved to a team manager position in December, is still employed, but "is exploring other options," team owner Robert Yates said. "We think he is a very talented individual and our doors will always be open to him." Late Wednesday, Ray Evernham, co-owner of Ultra/Evernham Motorsports, confirmed he plans to speak to Elledge in the coming days about the crew chief job with driver Casey Atwood and the #7 Dodges. Buddy "Reddog" Barnes currently holds the role on an interim basis.(ThatsRacin.com), also on ESPN's RPM2Night it was mentioned that Evernham and Elledge have spoken already, but Elledge is not commiting to anything yet.(4-4-2002) UPDATE 4: Ray Evernham, co-owner of Ultra/Evernham Motorsports and the #7 Dodges driven by Casey Atwood, said he hoped to have a meeting Monday with Jimmy Elledge, who recently lost his position as crew chief for Dale Jarrett. Evernham said he hoped co-owner Jim Smith and Atwood could participate in the meeting. Elledge, who is still employed by Robert Yates Racing, apparently is fielding several offers from several Winston Cup teams. He was formerly crew chief for Bobby Hamilton at Andy Petree Racing.(ThatsRacin.com)(4-5-2002)
Charlie Daniel's and UPS: The parcel service will unveil its second celebrity-based "Race the Truck" commercial on Sunday. The new spot will feature The Charlie Daniels Band urging NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett to "Race the Truck." The first spot featured George Thorogood singing "Brown to the Bone," a spoof of his hit "Bad To The Bone." The new commercial has Daniels taking liberties with his song, "Devil Went Down to Georgia," and daring Jarrett's response. Daniels has reworked the lyrics, though the tune is still the same:
"Now Dale Jarrett is a racecar driver, lets give the man his due. But people love that big brown truck, it's time he raced it, too. People love the truck now, go Dale go! Put it on the track, for a drivin show!"
The commercial will debut during the broadcast of the Samsung/RadioShack 500, on Fox, on Sunday.(Yahoo Entertainment)(4-4-2002)
UPS and Ads: UPS unveils the next series in its humorous "We want to Race the Truck" advertising campaign when the green flag waves the start of this year's Daytona 500 and NASCAR Winston Cup race season this Sunday. Like the predecessor spots that had a UPS executive, fans in a shopping mall as well as father and racing legend Ned Jarrett encouraging Dale Jarrett to race the "big, brown truck," the new commercial brings a plea from rock singer George Thorogood (a Jayski favorite) with a special rendition of his popular song "Bad to the Bone.". Thorogood calls on the #88 UPS driver to be "Brown to the Bone" behind the wheel of the UPS truck. The new spot focuses exclusively on Thorogood's musical request while playing his guitar in a bar.. Fans will wait a few races before seeing Jarrett's.. response, which last season included popping the cheeks of a youngster holding his breath and alternately tossing coins into a wishing fountain to counter another fan's heartfelt desire. The ads are scheduled to run throughout the year in NASCAR race telecasts with print versions in motorsports and trade publications.. The campaign will continue to evolve with other celebrity requests for Jarrett to race the truck.(UPS Racing)(2-17-2002)
Yates taken to the hospital UPDATE 2 Back at the track: #28 and #88 team car owner Robert Yates was hospitalized Friday morning after waking up with chest pains. The 58-year-old Yates awoke with tightness in his chest and drove himself to a hospital. A team spokesman said Yates was alert and talking and asked to be updated with team developments at Daytona International Speedway.(ThatsRacin/AP)(2-15-2002) UPDATE: Yates, 58, was said to be awake, doing well and in good spirits after arriving at the hospital. He underwent a series of tests and upon completion of a cardiac catheterization, it was determined he suffered no heart problems.(NASCAR.com)(2-15-2002) UPDATE 2: NASCAR team owner Robert Yates returned to Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, a day after he was hospitalized with chest pains. Yates said doctors ruled out a heart attack but had not diagnosed his problem. He left Halifax Medical Center a little after 7:00pm/et on Friday. "They told me to go about my normal business but don't lift anything," Yates said Saturday.(CBS/AP)(2-16-2002)
Another Muppet: hearing that #18-Bobby Labonte has been added to the Chicagoland Muppet paint scheme promotion along with previous rumored, #88-Jarrett, #10-Benson(Flozzy) and #41-Spencer(2-12-2002)
Jarrett Shop: Dale Jarrett Inc. unveiled its new $3 million, 25,000-square-foot headquarters in Catawba County [NC] to the public last week. The facility houses corporate offices for 12 employees, a 5,000-square-foot showroom, the Jarrett fan club and a retail shop -- all open to fans during race season. The new facility replaces a 14,000-square-foot Conover building Jarrett sold last year, along with a Busch Series race team [not in operations any longer]. The facility doesn't include a race-car shop..(Business Journal)(2-5-2002)
Jarrett Named Spokesman: International Truck and Engine Corp. has named Dale Jarrett [#88 UPS Ford] as its official spokesman. Jarrett will appear at dealer events and trade shows, as well as participation in print and radio advertisements along with each of this year’s four International Truck Challenge events, a race series for NASCAR Winston Cup hauler drivers.(Tailer/Body Builders Magazine Site)(2-2-2002)
Jarrett special Chicago paint? UPDATE Muppets?: hearing that #88-Dale Jarrett will have special schemes for the Tropicana 400 at Chicagoland and the scheme will be unveiled in Feb or March 2002(1-26-2002) UPDATE: hearing the Dale Jarrett Chicago scheme is supposedly Muppets Kermit/Ms Piggy and that besides the #10 Fozzie Bear scheme, there will be two other Muppet schemes at Chicago with one rumored to be #41-Jimmy Spencer(1-30-2002)
Jarrett's Dealership: A Ford dealership owned by NASCAR driver Dale Jarrett has bought land for a $15 million sales facility in Indian Trail. Dale Jarrett Ford Inc. will move to the U.S. Highway 74 site by summer 2003, shifting from its existing location on Skyway Drive in Monroe, says Kirk Stump, company president.(Business Journal)(1-28-2002)
New #88 Car Chief? hearing Jason Sheets, who worked for RCR in 2001 and formerly with new #88 crew chief, Jimmy Elledge, will be the new car chief for the #88 RYR UPS Ford and driver Dale Jarrett(1-4-2002)
Yates to the BGN? Word is that Robert Yates Racing will have a Busch Series team in 2002. Rumor has it that it will be a Ford, just like the team's two cars in Winston Cup. Word is that Ford will have a major role in the development of the team. As far as a driver goes, talk has USAC driver Kasey Kahne behind the wheel. Kahne was supposed to go IRL racing, but will instead concentrate his efforts in NASCAR.(NASCAR.com Buzz)(1-2-2002)
New #88 Paint Scheme for 2002? UPDATE: hearing UPS is offering employees a sneak preview of Dale Jarrett's newly designed fire suit and the #88 UPS Ford new paint scheme on Friday, December 7. Despite the changes, the familiar UPS shield remains the prominent figure of the car's sporty new look. Am hearing it may incorporate some blue for it's 2nd day delivery service(12-7-2001) UPDATE: no blue, same basic scheme with more yellow and the stripe is like a lightning bolt. See the image on my Paint Scheme Gallery(12-7-2001)
New #88 Crew Chief: hearing #88 Crew Chief, Todd Parrott is moving to a Team Manager role for Robert Yates Racing and that #55 Crew Chief (APR/driver Bobby Hamilton) Jimmy Elledge will be the new crew cheif for #88-Dale Jarrett(12-6-2001) UPDATE: Todd Parrott, who has been crew chief for Jarrett's #88 Fords since 1995 and won the championship with him in 1999, has vacated that position and becomes team manager, effective immediately. Jimmy Elledge, who has worked as crew chief at Andy Petree Racing since 1999 and completed his first season with Hamilton, is Jarrett's new crew chief. APR has made no decision on a replacement for Elledge(That's Racin')(12-6-2001)
Yates Crew to wear helmets: FSN's Totally NASCAR reports that the Robert Yates Racing teams (#28 and #88) crew must wear helmets if they go over the wall AND Robert Yates said Tuesday he would equip his two Winston Cup teams with helmets beginning with Sunday's NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Roush Racing experimented with helmets, but its crews have not been using them this year. Jeff Burton said he'd like to see that change as soon as possible.(That's Racin')(11-13-2001)
Parrott and the #7: Brad Parrott is in the middle of a three-race deal as a consultant with Ultra Motorsports, having left Robert Yates Racing earlier this month. Parrott hopes to announce his 2002 plans by Oct. 31. He could have remained part of Dale Jarrett's crew under brother Todd Parrott, but decided to make a change.(Winston Cup Scene - need sub to read)(10-25-2001)
Jarrett says no driver standby: #88-Dale Jarrett, who won the spring race at Martinsville, says he doesn't plan to have a standby driver this weekend. Jarrett is recovering from a concussion and broken rib he suffered in a crash at Kansas Speedway on Sept.30. Rick Mast was Jarrett's standby driver at Charlotte last weekend. Jarrett admits he's about 60 percent healthy but says he should be fine to go all 500 laps(Roanoke Times)(10-10-2001)
Jarrett Wants Mandate: Dale Jarrett said Tuesday that he thinks it's time for NASCAR to make head-and-neck restraints mandatory. "We've looked at these things, we've learned what they do and we know they can save lives," Jarrett said. "It's time to stop playing around and get them on everybody." Tony Stewart is the only driver among full-time Winston Cup competitors who is not now using either the HANS or Hutchens device(That's Racin')(10-10-2001)
Sad News: Lena Winebarger Bowman, 92-year-old maternal grandmother of Winston Cup driver Dale Jarrett, died Saturday after a period of declining health. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Martha Jarrett and Mrs. Revonda Rockett, and a son, Sterling Bowman. The funeral is at 2:00pm/et Monday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Conover, N.C. Visitation is one hour prior to the service. Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3916 Springs Road, Conover, NC 28613, or Lutheran Nursing Home, 1265 21st St. NE, Hickory, NC 28601.(That's Racin')(10-7-2001)
Jarrett sore but will race, Mast to stand by: #88-Dale Jarrett, who suffered a concussion, broken rib and multiple bruises in a crash last week at Kansas City, made sufficient laps in practice and qualifying Thursday and tentatively feels fit enough to go the distance in Sunday's UAW/GM 500 at Lowe's (Charlotte) Motor Speedway. Pronounced well by a physician and armored in rib protectors, Jarrett qualified 25th and said, "I feel good, like nothing ever happened, really. I've got another day of rest, then a pretty easy day Saturday, so I should be all right Sunday." Jarrett's main concern, he said, was g-forces in the car at speed, which can re-stir effects of a concussion. "I've never been knocked out in my life," he said, "so I really didn't know what to expect. Rick Mast, freed when the #27 [Eel River Racing] team suspended operations after Kansas City, will stand by in case Jarrett needs help.(SpeedVision)(10-5-2001)
Jarrett in the Hospital UPDATE released Sunday: Dale Jarrett was listed in fair condition at Kansas University Medical Center following a hard crash on Lap 247 of Sunday's Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway. Jarrett was airlifted to the hospital and was awake and alert when transported. He briefly lost consciousness in his car. He also complained of pain in his right arm. Jarrett was scheduled to receive a CT scan late Sunday and the track was awaiting word of the results.(9-30-2001) UPDATE: Winston Cup driver Dale Jarrett was released after he was examined at Kansas University Medical Center following a hard crash on Lap 247 of Sunday's Protection One 400 at Kansas Speedway. Jarrett was airlifted to the hospital and was awake and alert when transported. He briefly lost consciousness in his car. He also complained of pain in his right arm. Jarrett received a CT scan Sunday evening and was released. He was expected to rerturn to his home in North Carolina.(That's Racin')(10-1-2001) UPDATE 2: Dale Jarrett has been released from KU Med Center and will return to his home in Hickory, N.C. He sustained a concussion and a left chest contusion.(Kansas Speedway PR) AND ESPN2's RPM 2 Night reports that Jarrett will not miss any time this weekend at Charlotte/Lowe's Motor Speedway and Jarrett will be in the car there(10-1-2001)
3rd Yates Team? UPDATE - Denied once again: sources at Robert Yates Racing(RYR) say there is definitely no truth to the rumor of a third team or Doug Yates starting a #82 team(6-26-2001) UPDATE 2: Robert Yates is considering expanding his two-car team to a three-car team next season. No word on who the new driver might be(Winston Salem Journal)(8-5-2001) UPDATE 3: Despite some garage talk that Robert Yates is looking into forming a third Cup team, he said Sunday morning that is not true. "I just want to win and I don't know if that multiplies your chances to win," said Yates, whose teams of Ricky Rudd and Dale Jarrett are contending for the series title. "Sometimes you might divide yourself up. I don't think that's in our plans. But, if somebody is out there with a large amount of (money), they can come talk to me."(RacingExtra)(8-6-2001)
#88 Air Dam: Dale Jarrett had to drop in the qualifying order Saturday when his #88 Ford was held up in the pre-race inspection line. NASCAR officials said the team had the car's air dam area pulled out beyond what was allowed. "They wouldn't let us go through the inspection line," Jarrett said. "They found something they didn't like. There was a problem with the front bumper, which I thought was kind of curious."(That's Racin')(8-4-2001)
Jarrett wins at NHIS: #88-Dale Jarrett got around teammate #28-Ricky Rudd with 5 laps to go to win the New England 300 at New Hampshire, Rudd ended up 3rd with #24-Jeff Gordon finishing 2nd. It is Jarretts 4th win of the year and he is still tied with Gordon in the Winston Cup but now holds the tiebreaker edge since he has 4 wins to Gordons 3 (Gordon led the most laps and got the same 180 points Jarrett did). #7-Mike Wallace ahd his best non-restrictor plate finish of the year with a 10th, #50-Rick Mast finsihed 14th and #45-Kyle Petty was 26th.(7-22-2001)
#88 in Flames? UPDATE 3: hearing that #88-Dale Jarrett will run a flaming UPS paint scheme at Kansas(Sept 30th), supposedly simular to the flames UPS truck(6-8-2001) UPDATE: UPS will unveil a special paint scheme on Friday, July 6, 2001 at 5:00pm/et. Doesn't say where but probably at Daytona(UPS Site). The car is supposed to run in the Kansas race(6-29/7-5-2001) UPDATE 2: Dale Jarrett will be on-hand this Friday outside Daytona International Speedway's Daytona USA when UPS unveils a special paint scheme for the #88 UPS Ford Taurus. The car will run this paint scheme in the Kansas 400 September 30th but can be seen in person at Daytona USA this weekend (Friday and Saturday) or on-line after 5:00pm/et Friday at the UPS SiteUPDATE 3: UPS tomorrow(Saturday) will unveil a special paint scheme for the #88 UPS Ford Taurus driven by Dale Jarrett in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series - a "Race the Truck" design that reflects the flame-painted package delivery vehicle and continues the company's popular ad campaign. The race car, painted brown with red, orange and yellow flames, the UPS shield and the words "We Want to Race the Truck, People Love the Truck," will run in the inaugural Kansas 400 at the new Kansas Speedway on Sept. 30.(UPS Racing PR). See my Paint Scheme Gallery for images of the real car(7-6-2001)
3rd RYR Team? hearing a rumor from a source that says Doug Yates is strongly considering starting a new team with a good pal of his, Yates would own either a 1/4 or 1/2 interest in the team the number would be #82 possibly sponsors are Mountain Dew, Burger King, Motorola, Square D or Exide(AutoRacing1)(6-25-2001) UPDATE: sources at Robert Yates Racing(RYR) say there is definitely no truth to the rumor of a third team or Doug Yates starting a #82 team(6-26-2001)
Past Kulwicki Scholarship Winner to Drive: Ryan Zeck, an engineer on Dale Jarrett's Robert Yates Racing Ford, is slated to drive for Herzog Motorsports June 16 in the ASA event at I-70 Speedway in Odessa, Mo. Zeck was the inaugural recipient of the Alan Kulwicki Memorial scholarship for engineering students at UNC-Charlotte(Winston Cup Scene)(6-14-2001)
#88 in Flames? hearing that #88-Dale Jarrett will run a flaming UPS paint scheme at Kansas(Sept 30th), supposedly simular to the flames UPS truck(6-8-2001)
Jarrett to skip IROC race UPDATE Marcis in: due to his rib injury, Dale Jarrett will not race in the third IROC race of the 2001 season. No replacement has been named(FSN's Totally NASCAR)(6-7-2001) UPDATE: Dave Marcis will sub for Jarrett. Marcis also drove as a substitute in the 1999 race at Indianapolis for CART series driver Adrian Fernandez, who had suffered a wrist injury. All points Marcis accumulates in Saturday's race will be credited to Jarrett. The same applies to Al Unser Jr., who is substituting for the Indy Racing League's Scott Goodyear in the race. Goodyear injured his back in the Indy 500.(That's Racin')(6-8-2001)
Bruised Ribs for Jarrett UPDATE nope broken: X-rays taken Tuesday showed that Dale Jarrett does not have a broken rib, according to a team spokesperson. Instead, the NASCAR Winston Cup points leader has bruised ribs. His injury is diagnosed as serratus anterior muscle tear. The type of injury Jarrett has normally takes three to four weeks to heal. The planned treatment is for localized nerve blocks to prevent Jarrett from experiencing the pain when he's driving. The team has no plans for a relief driver at this point.(RacingExtra)(5-30-2001) UPDATE: Dale Jarrett's medical odyssey continues with his broken, not broken, broken rib. Jarrett was diagnosed with a fractured rib after practice for the Coca-Cola 600 just more than a week ago. This week, his team said the rib was not broken. This weekend, Jarrett confirmed the rib is broken. He also has a torn muscle and underwent treatment for the condition.(Richmond Times Dispatch)(6-5-2001)
Jarrett Injured but will race UPDATE: Dale Jarrett suffered an injury to his right side rib area during Happy Hour practice for the Coca-Cola 600 Saturday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The injury was not the result of an accident. Jarrett expects to be able to race in the Coca-Cola 600. According to Jarrett’s spokesperson Kris Johnson, Jarrett felt a “pop just below his right rib area, and is extremely sore.” Johnson also said Jarrett fully expects to race tomorrow and complete the entire 600 miles(NASCAR.com), Jarrett was 10th fastest in Happy Hour with a speed of 175.143mph(5-26-2001) UPDATE: Dale Jarrett intends to race in the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday despite a broken rib on his right side. "I was going into Turn 3 and I just felt a pop," Jarrett said of what happened to him during a Saturday morning practice session at Lowe's Motor Speedway. "I don't know if it's from a previous injury or something from the other night." Jarrett crashed his #88 during his first qualifying lap on Thursday night, backing it into the Turn 4 wall after spinning in Turn 3. "It's on my right side, so it doesn't make sense that it would have happened the other night, but you don't know," Jarrett said. "I had no indication. I worked out (Friday) and lifted weights and ran like I normally would and had no problems." Jarrett said he was going into Turn 3 on a practice lap in the second of two sessions held Saturday morning and felt a pop as he turned the car's wheel. "It was hard to catch my breath," he said. "I ran about four more laps and then told them I couldn't do any more right then." Jarrett went to a rehabilitation trailer run by Motor Racing Outreach for treatment. He later had it checked by a physician who confirmed the rib was broken. "When you have a broken rib and you know that, there's not much more you can do for it," Jarrett said. "I feel I'll start and my plan is to finish. With the amount of time we have here, we'll be OK." Jarrett tried putting on a flak jacket to help him feel better, but said it didn't help. "The pain really comes whenever I go to turn the wheel," he said. "The only thing the flak jacket was going to do was to keep from furthering the injury. I need something that is going to help kind of tie this together, so when I do go to turn the wheel that I'm not going to get that much pain. If it's just some pain and I can breathe, that's fine. But what I had this morning wasn't something I would feel comfortable with for 600 miles." He plans to use electronic stimulation to treat the injury Sunday, then put some extra padding in his seat for the race(That's Racin') UPDATE 2: FSN reposts that 2000 BGN Champ Jeff Green will stand by for Jarrett(5-27-2001)
#88 Backup: Todd Parrott would have preferred his driver use the team's original car built for the Coca-Cola 600, but he's not too concerned with the backup Dale Jarrett will drive in Sunday's race at Lowe's Motor Speedway. Jarrett hit the wall with his #88 Ford during Thursday night's qualifying session and the team was forced to use his backup, which his team busily worked on Friday. What is the history of Jarrett's backup? "Unfortunately, this the car that came from about 15th to 20th at Texas and won the race. It's the same car two weeks after that won Darlington. And let's see, at Atlanta we were third or fourth racing up there with all them Chevrolets," said Parrott, Jarrett's crew chief. "The 600 car we had was really good. It was a twin to this car right here and it was brand new," Parrott said. "When I left the shop this morning there was a roll cage going on another one just like the one we wrecked and just like this one." The team brought the car Jarrett ran in last weekend's Winston all-star race to the track Friday to use as another backup.(That's Racin')(5-26-2001)
Jarrett 1st Quarter Driver of the Year: Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 UPS Ford Taurus, won first-quarter Driver of the Year balloting honors this week, as he was selected by a national panel of motorsports media and viewers of ESPN for the honor. Jarrett easily outdistanced the Indy Racing League's Sam Hornish, Jr., piling up 13 first-place votes and 141 points to the latter's two first-place nods and 85 points. Jarrett won three of the final four Winston Cup races of the first quarter, while Hornish won two IRL events. Both drivers are leading their series. Points are awarded on a 9-6-4-3-2-1 basis in voting for six drivers by the panel and ESPN viewers. Third-place went to Winston Cup driver Kevin Harvick, a popular winner of the Atlanta race as he drove for the late Dale Earnhardt. Harvick had the other two first-place votes and 71 points. The CART/FedEx series Cristiano da Matta finished fourth with 38 points, while Winston Cup's Jeff Gordon and the Craftsman Truck series Ted Musgrave would up tied for fifth and rounded out the top six with 15 points each. Gordon is a three-time Driver of the Year. Meanwhile, NASCAR/Winston Cup's Bobby Labonte, 2000's Driver of the Year, will be formally presented his trophy, diamond ring and a custom Indian Motorcycle Thursday, April 19, during black tie induction ceremonies at the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in Talladega, AL. Twenty three different drivers received support in the Driver of the Year first-quarter voting. Three more quarterly ballots will be taken and then a final secret ballot at the end of the season will determine the 2001 winner.(DOTY PR)(4-20-2001)
Yates to Dodge? Third Team? unlikely UPDATE 2 - NO: Might car owner Robert Yates be considering a switch from Ford to Dodge next season? That's the buzz in Detroit, although it's unlikely that Ford Motor Company would let Yates, its biggest NASCAR star, get away. And after his third win of the season yesterday, why would Yates even think about leaving Ford, the company he has called home for so many years? "Money," says one man familiar with Detroit's inner secrets. "After all, Robert gave up (Ford's) Quality Care for UPS." Although few key figures in the Winston Cup garage expect Yates to make a move to leave Ford, the Dodge report is another twist on how tense things may be in Detroit, where for the first time in 25 years, all three of the Big Three are playing NASCAR again. Not since the mid-1970s have General Motors, Ford and Chrysler all been in this game, and it's not quite clear how the balance of power might be shifting. And Yates said that Ford officials asked him to start a third Winston Cup team this season, with an unnamed driver, but he declined in order to focus on his current teams, with drivers Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd. And Yates said he has no plans to start a third team next season either, despite reports that Ford executives have approached him again.(Winston Salem Journal)(4-9-2001) UPDATE: been told by RYR sources that this is totally untrue and they are NOT considering a switch from Ford to Dodge or any other manufacturer. Yates is signed with Ford thru 2004(4-11-2001) UPDATE 2: #28 and #88 Ream Owner Robert Yates dismissed a rumor that had him considering a switch to the Dodge Intrepid R/T camp. "There's nothing to it," said Yates,. "I would think if they came to us, which they haven't, but if they did come to us, that would really say they screwed up, and the teams they did choose would be awfully upset. They didn't come to us." Yates' contract with Ford runs through the 2004 Winston Cup season. "I'm not looking," Yates said. "If you asked anybody in the grandstand what should Robert Yates be running, I think all of them would tell you Ford."(Star Telegram)(4-19-2001)
Jarrett now 20th: Jarrett's 27th victory moves him into sole possession of 20th on the all-time list in NASCAR history, breaking a tie for that spot with Fred Lorenzen(That's Racin')(4-9-2001)
Jarrett's Results net $12,500: Dale Jarrett's success in Las Vegas this past weekend results in a $12,500 donation from Ford Credit to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Jarrett finished in second place in Sunday's UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway after winning the pole position during Friday's qualifying.(Campbell Co PR)(3-7-2001)
Man of the Year: Dale Jarrett was the fourth-quarter winner in NASCAR’s True Value Man of the Year balloting. Jarrett’s race team raised money all year for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and Jarrett served as a national spokesperson for the group. Jarrett generated $97,500 for the foundation in 1999 through the efforts of his sponsor, Ford Credit. The winners in the first three quarters were Ward Burton, Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon. The man of the year will be announced at the Winston Cup Awards Banquet(Gaston Gazette) the fans also contributed $33,000(11-23-2000)
Jarrett to test in December: Dale Jarrett will be testing at non-NASCAR tracks in December to help his team prepare for next season(Times Dispatch)(11-21-2000)
UPS IS OFFICIAL to the #88 UPDATE 5(for this week, about #50 since the rumor surfaced): UPS scheduled a news conference for Atlanta to announce its sponsorship of Dale Jarrett's car for 2001(no time or date given)(Times Dispatch). Paint Job Note: hearing while the car will carry some of the UPS brown, the front will be white (sort of like the #2 Miller Lite car, white on the front, blue on the back, etc) and the rear half UPS brown, with a larger UPS logo adorning the hood(11-11-2000) UPDATE - an Image: see my Paint Schemes Gallery page for the SUPPOSED #88 UPS car, just as explained above(11-12-2000) - Actually Two images(11-13-2000) UPDATE 2: hearing that the way UPS will be announced at the sponsor at Atlanta, is that #88 Owner Robert Yates will be paged and a UPS truck will deliver to him a #88 with UPS UPDATE 3: look for the announcement to happen Friday, Nov 17th(9:30am/et) at Atlanta, UPS will supposedly announce the four year deal internally on Thursday, Nov 16th(11-14/16-2000) UPDATE 4: UPS will be announced today at 9:30am/et at AMS as the new sponsor of the #88 Robert Yates Ford and driver Dale Jarrett, also got another image posted on the Paint Scheme Gallery - see link above UPDATE 5 It's Official: from the UPS site - UPS is proud to be the primary sponsor of #88 NASCAR Winston Cup car owned by Robert Yates Racing and driven by Dale Jarrett. See their site at www.racing.ups.com, they didn't waste anytime getting their site up and running, good omen, it has DJ's Bio, Stats, Team Members and 2001 Schedule. The image they have posted is pretty much the same scheme as I have up, the only difference is no yellow on the package above the UPS logo on the hood. And from the Press Release on the main UPS page: UPS announced today it will sponsor the #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford driven by NASCAR 1999 Winston Cup Series Champion Dale Jarrett. The official delivery company of NASCAR will link its entry into the 2001 Winston Cup season with aggressive on- and off-track programs for UPS customers and employees, capitalizing on the growing popularity of NASCAR. Jarrett, who has 24 career victories to his credit, including this year’s Daytona 500, was on hand with Windsor and team owner, Robert Yates, as the new #88 UPS Ford Taurus was publicly unveiled for the first time at the Atlanta Motor Speedway as qualifying began for Sunday's NAPA 500. Jarrett met yesterday morning with UPS Atlanta-area employees after local UPS driver Ken Bouland secured a signature for the special race car "package" that emerged from the back of a familiar brown UPS vehicle before the morning dispatch. The public will see the new car and uniform design in ads that appear on Sunday's race telecast to kick off an advertising campaign with Jarrett that will continue with the 2001 racing season. Today’s announcement marks the third significant NASCAR-related sponsorship deal by the Atlanta-based company this year. In February UPS became an official status partner with NASCAR and in July applied the familiar shield logo as associate sponsor of the #28 Texaco/Havoline Ford Taurus driven by Jarrett’s teammate Ricky Rudd. The Rudd associate sponsorship also will continue next year.(UPS), Also www.dalejarrett.com is already designed with the new colors and has a bunch of images of the new #88(11-17-2000)
Race Fans for a Cure: Dale and Kelley Jarrett, on behalf of the Race Fans for a Cure* program sponsored by Ford Credit, will present a check for $33,000 to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation prior to the start of the NAPA 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway on Sunday, November 19th. The check that will be presented to Linda Kay Peterson, Chairman of the Board for the Komen Foundation, is made up entirely of fan donations collected through the Race Fans for a Cure* program. Race Fans for a Cure* is an initiative designed to increase awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, and to provide a way for race fans to support the Komen Foundation. Ford Credit sponsored Race Fans for a Cure* booths at various NASCAR Winston Cup events and Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Days during the 2000 season. Joining Dale and Kelley Jarrett for this weekend's check presentation to the Komen Foundation will be Alicia Smith and Fred Crisante, winners of a drawing held last weekend in Miami, who will represent all race fans who supported the Race Fans for a Cure* program this year. Since 1998 Ford Credit, co-sponsor of the #88 Ford Taurus in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series, has donated over $490,000 - based on Dale Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses - to the Komen Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Dale's victories, $5,000 for each pole, $7,500 for each second-place finish and $5,000 for each third-place finish over the course of the NASCAR season(Ford PR)(11-17-2000)
#88 five year thank you car: Ford Quality Care and Ford Credit will commemorate their five-year sponsorship of the #88 Robert Yates Racing Taurus driven with a special paint scheme at Atlanta for the NAPA 500. Dale Jarrett's car will carry the original 1996 paint scheme with a special message of thanks to the team. The racecar, originally a Ford Thunderbird, was first seen on the racetrack at Daytona Speedweek where Jarrett teamed up with rookie crew chief Todd Parrott to win what was then the Busch Clash and the 1996 Daytona 500. Ford Quality Care and Ford Credit joined Robert Yates Racing five years ago to sponsor what has since become one of the most successful and consistent teams in NASCAR Winston Cup. The message on the decklid will read "Robert Yates
Racing, Thanks for 5 great years. Your friends at QC and Ford Credit." See an image of the car at my Paint Schemes Gallery(Ford Racing PR/Campbell & Co)(11-10-2000)
Jarrett's Provisional Streak: Dale Jarrett has never used a provisional starting spot to make a Winston Cup race since his #88 team was formed at Robert Yates Racing at the beginning of the 1996 season. That streak would have ended Saturday had any of the nine drivers making second-round qualifying attempts for Sunday's Checker 500 gone faster than Jarrett's lap of 131.325 mph from Friday's first round(That's Racin') and of note: #24-Jeff Gordon has NEVER used a provisional in his Winston Cup career, see my Provisional status page for rules and past provisional info(11-5-2000)
#88 Sponsorship? and scheme..UPDATE 3: the fate of Ford's lucrative Quality Care sponsorship seems up in the air. Robert Yates is apparently planning to change Dale Jarrett's colors to UPS brown for 2001. That leaves Ford officials scrambling to find a car for Quality Care.(PitNow)(5-27-2000) UPDATE: Word is that Robert Yates has decided to accept a top-dollar sponsorship offer from United Parcel Service for his #88(Dale Jarrett) team, replacing Ford Credit/Quality Care(FC/QC). Some say FC/QC does not want a full car at present prices and might end up distributed among both Yates teams(as an assoc sponsor)(SpeedVision). Jayski Note: I hear the colors will be Next Day Air red, not the UPS brown and yellow(5-28-2000) UPDATE 2: It appears now that deal is all but signed. The team and sponsor already are talking about possible paint schemes, sources say(That's Racin')(5-29-2000) UPDATE 3: hearing Dale Jarrett's UPS car in 2001 will be a UPS/paper bag brown color not the next day air red as speculated(11-3-2000)
Jarrett's Win helps out: Dale Jarrett's victory in the Pop Secret 400 at Rockingham results in
another $10,000 donation from Ford Credit to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Ford Credit, co-sponsor of the #88 Ford Taurus in NASCAR's Winston Cup Series, now has committed $97,500 to the Komen Foundation this year. Ford Credit has donated over $500,000 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses since 1998. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Dale's wins, $5,000 for each pole, $7,500 for each second-place finish and $5,000 for each third-place finish over the course of the NASCAR season. In addition, Ford Credit is sponsoring a "Race Fans for a Cure*" booth at various NASCAR Winston Cup events and Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Days during the 2000 race season. "Race Fans for a Cure*" is an initiative designed to increase awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, and to provide a way for race fans to support the Komen Foundation. "Race Fans for a Cure*" booths have raised $19,442.89 this year(Campbell & Co PR)(10-23-2000)
#88 Coverup UPDATE: on RPM2 Night it was shown and mentioned that after the #88 wrecked that the team covered the car up even though they were working on it at the same time. As Benny Parsons said, I have no idea why they did that or what the reason was UPDATE: the reason as explained to me - The people working on the #88 were not crew members but the television technicians removing the in-car cameras. The crew had already covered the car to be transported to the shop, so the techs just crawled under the cover got the cameras and the car was then sent home(10-10-2000)
#88 and Ford Credit: Ford Credit has agreed to terms with Robert Yates Racing on a multi-year associate
sponsorship package involving Dale Jarrett and the #88 Robert Yates Racing Ford Taurus beginning in 2001. Co-sponsor of the #88 Ford Taurus in the Cup series competition since 1996(with Quality Care), Ford Credit is a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company and the world’s largest provider of automotive finance. It serves more than 10 million customers in 40 countries(Ford Racing): Quality Care will not be the primary sponsor on the #88 in 2001 as UPS has been rumored for months to become the team's new sponsor(10-4-2000)
Speaking of Jarrett: Jason Jarrett qualified 3rd for tonight's ARCA event at Lowe, Jarrett's first ARCA race venture, and his #88 car will be serviced by the pit crew from Dale Jarrett's #88 Ford Credit Winston Cup team. Although there are usually a number of cautions in the 67-lap sprint, the importance of track position usually limits trips to pit road to one per team(MachOne PR) Other Cup connections in the ARCA race include:
Roger Penske and Ryan Newman, Jason Leffler from Gibbs Racing BGN operation, Ricky Hendrick, is the son of Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick; and Justin Labonte, is the son of Terry Labonte(That's Racin') Plus AJ Foyt's son Larry and David Donahue, son of the late Racing Legend Mark Donohue are in the race(10-4-2000)
DJ Paint at Atlanta? hearing #88-Dale Jarrett is running a special paint job at Atlanta as a tribute to
the five year relationship Quality Care/Ford Credit(have seen no images yet)(9-29-2000)
Yates/Galaxy to Merge? UPDATE 3: this is an interesting one - hearing that Galaxy Motorsports(#75-Dallenbach) and Robert Yates Racing are talking merger and are putting together BGN programs for 2001 involving Ron Hornaday and PJ Jones. Also, supposedly will run a six race R&D Cup team with Hornaday as the driver(I assume that in addition to the #28 and 88 Yates cars and the #75 Galaxy car). Also still hearing that Pizza Hut will be part of the primary sponsorship on the #75 in 2001. Yates supplies engines to the #75 Galaxy Motorsports team(9-22-2000) UPDATE: Robert Yates may be acquiring part-ownership of the Darwin Oordt team for which Wally Dallenbach drives(PitNow)(9-25-2000) UPDATE 2: Although members of Darwin Oordt's Galaxy Motorsports team seem to believe otherwise, Robert Yates says he has no interest in acquiring any part of the #75 group. Dallenbach said Saturday that a deal with Yates was in the works, and "when it happens I'll be real happy, but I'm not counting chickens. It's what this team needs. That's what'll take this team to the next level, the right level." According to Dallenbach, certain prerequisites had to fall into place, such as sponsorship. Dallenbach confirmed that Pizza Hut, a Pepsi subsidiary( a spin off company called Tricon Global Restaurants-YUM-NYSE), is on the list. Yates, however, is on the Coca-Cola plan, which would seem to create difficulties(SpeedVision)(9-26-2000) UPDATE 3: my understanding is that Yates contract with Texaco prevents him from owning more than two
Winston Cup Teams. So, supposedly RYR would make Doug Yates the partner with Galaxy, which then they will be like a three car team, but legally RYR will have two teams (#28, #88) and Galaxy/Doug Yates will have a team. This also gets Yates around the Coke/Pepsi conflict. Pepsi spun off Pizza Hut, Taco Bell and KFC a few years ago. The three restaurants are now a publicly held company called Tricon. Pepsi owns a lot of Tricon stock(9-28-2000)
Jarrett's Streak Continues: #88-Dale Jarrett extended his streak of fifteen straight top-10 finishes (20th top-10 finish of 2000) at Darlington, finishing 5th. The streak goes back to the race at California(9-4-2000)
Wind Tunnel? #88-Dale Jarrett was missing his crew chief during his two days of testing at Richmond. Todd Parrott never appeared at the track, who, according to the team, was participating in a NASCAR wind tunnel test Monday in Marietta, GA(Times Dispatch)(8-30-2000)
Jarrett/Pit/Hose: am hearing from many readers that they saw #88-Dale Jarrett run over an air hose during his first pitstop at Watkins Glen this past weekend. I did not notice or see it and if it happened, either NASCAR did not think the infraction was severe enough to warrant a penalty, it was missed or the crew got the hose out just before the car left. Not looking to speculate, dwell or get any more email on this issue. Folks are getting pretty nasty over this, and am getting conflicting reports on the situation but as I said, not looking to dwell on this. Have a problem with it, email or contact NASCAR, see my Racing FAQ page for the info(8-15-2000) UPDATE: Benny Parsons covered this question on ESPN2's RPM 2Night and basically said "it was missed or the crew got the hose out just before the car left" (sounds familiar). As Benny said, it is illegal to run over the air hose and it is in the rulebook. Saw the replay and it was hard to tell as a crew member did jerk the air hose back just as the car left. then the hose looked like it fell back. Anyhow, case closed(8-16-2000)
Wrong Jarrett: Dale Jarrett's public relations group had an interesting day yesterday. It had to convince people its driver was still alive. Dale Jarrett met his namesake, a fan named Dale Jarrett, at the Bristol race in March. They laughed over their similar names, shook hands and went on about their business. The fan Dale Jarrett, of Johnson City, Tenn., passed away Saturday night after a lengthy illness. As word of his death spread, a name confusion developed. Late yesterday, Ford Racing sent out a release confirming that the stock car racer Dale Jarrett was still alive. Jarrett also expressed his sympathies for the other Jarrett's family(Times-Dispatch)(8-8-2000)
Jarrett and Race for a Cure: Based on Dale Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses, Ford Credit, co-sponsor of the #88 Quality Care Service/Ford Taurus, has donated $482,500 to the Komen Foundation since 1998. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Dale's wins, $5,000 for each pole, $7,500 for every second-place finish and $5,000 for each third-place finish over the course of the season. So far in 2000, including his victory in the Daytona 500, Jarrett's combination of victories, top-three finishes and poles has amounted to $87,500 in donations from Ford Credit to the Komen Foundation(Ford PR - for more info see my Racing Charities page)(7-31-2000)
UPS and Yates: but.....RPM 2Night reports that UPS will begin serving as an associate sponsor on the #28 Texaco Ford driven by Ricky Rudd. The sponsorship begins as of Thursday night qualifying at Daytona for the Pepsi 400. Speculation is that UPS will become the #88 team primary sponsor in 2001 on the Yates Fords driven by Dale Jarrett(6-28-2000)
Allison and Jarrett: #88-Dale Jarrett is driving the same car this weekend at Sears Point that the late Davey Allison drove to victory here in 1991(Roanoke Times)(that means chassis, not the old Thunderbird)(6-24-2000)
Yates drives the hauler: #28 and #88 Cup Team owner Robert Yates, went the extra mile this weekend in order to make it to Pocono Raceway for the Pocono 500. When #88 hauler driver, Tommy Mullis had problems with a leg injury and had to go to a doctor, Rick Garcia, backup driver of the hauler, was called in to relieve him. However, Garcia had just returned from a Dayton testing trip and was in need of relief help himself. So Yates drove the hauler to Pocono Raceway along with Garcia(NOL Notes)(6-20-2000)
Walking Wounded: #88-Dale Jarrett aggravated a muscle in his lower back climbing out of the Ford #88 on Friday but is fine for the race. #14-Rick Mast broke a small bone in his left foot after mixing it up with Steve Park two weeks ago at the Dover race(Atlanta Journal Constitution)(6-18-2000)
More Baseball? hearing Dale Jarrett will run a World Series baseball scheme on the #88 Quality Care Ford in October(5-29-2000)
Ford Sponsorship? UPDATE 2: the fate of Ford's lucrative Quality Care sponsorship seems up in the air. Robert Yates is apparently planning to change Dale Jarrett's colors to UPS brown for 2001. That leaves Ford officials scrambling to find a car for Quality Care.(PitNow)(5-27-2000) UPDATE: Word is that Robert Yates has decided to accept a top-dollar sponsorship offer from United Parcel Service for his #88(Dale Jarrett) team, replacing Ford Credit/Quality Care(FC/QC). Some say FC/QC does not want a full car at present prices and might end up distributed among both Yates teams(as an assoc sponsor)(SpeedVision). Jayski Note: I hear the colors will be Next Day Air red, not the UPS brown and yellow(5-28-2000) UPDATE 2: It appears now that deal is all but signed. The team and sponsor already are talking about possible paint schemes, sources say(That's Racin')(5-29-2000)
Ford Quality Care and the #97? rumors have say FC/QC could end up with the #97 Chad Little driven team or it could be an associate on some or few Roush's teams(#' 6,16,17,97,99). However, supposedly #97 sponsor, John Deere, remains strongly in the running(to return in 2001)(SpeedVision)(5-28-2000)
Jarrett/Komen Foundation: Dale Jarrett's second-place finish in The Winston at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., Saturday night means another $7,500 donation from Ford Credit to the Komen Foundation to help in its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. Ford Credit, co-sponsor of the #88 Quality
Care Service/Ford Taurus, has now committed $67,500 to the Komen Foundation this year. Ford Credit has donated almost $500,000 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses since
1998. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Jarrett's wins, $5,000 for each pole, $7,500 for each second-place finish and $5,000 for each third-place finish over the course of the NASCAR season. Over the past two-plus years, Ford Credit has donated $462,500 to the Komen Foundation. Ford Credit will sponsor a "Race Fans for a Cure*" booth at Lowe's Motor Speedway, near Gate 7 in front of the Ford Grandstand, on Saturday and Sunday, May 27-28, for the Coca-Cola 600. For a $1 donation, fans will personalize a pink ribbon for inclusion on a banner to be displayed at Ford Credit's end-of-year check presentation to the Komen Foundation and receive a keepsake pink enamel pink ribbon to show their support. The booth also will contain literature describing the Komen Foundation and its mission and the three steps to early breast cancer detection(Campbell Co PR)(5-24-2000)
Lowe’s Motor Speedway Testing Notes IV: The Robert Yates Racing and MB2 Motorsports teams had English wheels in their garage stalls. Normally only seen in fabrication shops, the devices are used to form sheetmetal. Both teams utilized the wheels to shape pieces that were used to make aerodynamic modifications(LMS PR)(5-10-2000)
Yates Honored: Robert Yates, owner of the #28 and #88 Cup teams, has been chosen to receive this year's Bill France Award of Excellence from Pocono Raceway. The award is given annually for outstanding contributions to Winston Cup racing and will be presented on June 17, the night before the Pocono 500(That's Racin')(5-5-2000)
Jarrett #400: Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford will start his 400th career Cup race at Richmond(5-5-2000)
#7/#88 Crew Change: Hearing #7 crew member(and former #28 crew chief) Robert "Slugger" Labbe has left Mattei Motorsports and has returned to Robert Yates Racing, going to the #88 Ford to head up testing. Travis Block takes over Labbe's duties on the #7(5-4-2000)
New Yates Sponsor in 2001? UPDATE 3: Dale Jarrett will apparently have a new sponsor next season on the #88 Robert Yates owned Ford. UPS(United Parcel Service), supposedly a $15 million or $16 million sponsorship deal, sources said. Ford's Quality Care sponsorship would likely move to a Jack Roush team, according to PitNow sources(PitNow)(4-3-2000) UPDATE: I hear from a good source that Robert Yates Racing(RYR) is working with Ford to continue it's relationship/sponsorship with the #88 and are working with UPS on an associate sponsorship on the #28 Texaco Ford(4-4-2000) UPDATE 2: Rumors recently surfaced that Robert Yates was considering a switch from Ford Credit to UPS as primary sponsor for the Dale Jarrett #88 race team in 2001. The more likely scenario here is that UPS, who has been itching to get into Winston Cup racing with a strong team for about a year, will come on board as an associate sponsor on one or BOTH Yates Racing Fords(Inside Motorsports)(4-9-2000) UPDATE 3: This weeks Winston Cup Scene Magazine reports that UPS is talking to Yates and Roush Racing about sponsoring a car. #28 and #88 owner Robert Yates confirmed he is talking to UPS but wouldn't say if it was for an associate or primary deal for one or both cars. Yates deal with Ford Quality Care is done at the end of the 2000 season. Roush Racing said they had informal talks but that was it and that Roush Racing is working on renewals with Valvoline and John Deere for the #6 and #97 teams(4-14-2000)
UPDATE 4: #88 owner, Robert Yates also used Saturday's press conference to address reports that Ford Quality Care may be leaving as the sponsor of Jarrett's team at the end of the 2000 season. Reports have linked United Parcel Service, which came on as an official NASCAR licensee this season, to Yates' #88 Fords next season, with Ford Quality Care moving on to back another team, possibly one of Jack Roush's teams. Yates says they have talked to a few sponsors, including one that has just joined NASCAR as well as talking to Ford to continue with the team and that no deals are done(goracing) and a story at SpeedVision UPDATE 5: in part from the Times-Dispatch - The UPS group is joining Yates, but at what level remains a question. The company is believed to be replacing the credit group on Jarrett’s car with a $16 million-a-year sponsorship(Times-Dispatch)(4-30-2000)
Parrott free to look? UPDATE 5: word out that Todd Parrott, championship crew chief with Dale Jarrett, has been told he's welcome to look for another job. No comment from the horse, but many consider that very unlikely(SpeedVision)(4-17-2000) UPDATE: Winston Cup Today Radio interviewed Dale Jarrett, driver of the #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Ford, and Jarrett says Parrott is not going anywhere and both are happy with Robert Yates Racing(4-19-2000) UPDATE 2: Robert Yates and the #88 team will hold a Press Conference on Saturday morning to 'clear up' the rumors about the #88 team. Some reports have Parrott going to Petty Enterprises, others have him staying with Yates as he is under contract there. Also it could be the UPS sponsorship involvement with the team(4-27-2000) UPDATE 3: from the Dale Jarrett Online site: Question: Is Todd Parrott leaving the Robert Yates Team? Answer: No, Todd is not leaving the Yates team. There will be a press conference held on Saturday in California, in which Todd will make the announcement that he has re-signed(renewed) with the Yates team and he has no plans to go anywhere(4-28-2000)
UPDATE 4 More Yates: RPM2Night reported that the #88 Robert Yates team will have a Press Conference to discuss the Todd Parrott rumors, but that the sponsorship situation will not be addressed at this time. Quality Care/Ford Credit sponsorship runs out at the end of the 2000 season on the #88. Supposedly the team is negotiating with Ford to continue the sponsorship. Other rumors have UPS signing up as the primary sponsor of the #88 and Quality Care/Ford Credit moving to a Roush car, possibly the #6 where Valvoline's sponsorship runs out at the end of the season and Valvoline has been downsizing it's Motorsports sponsorships in other series such as CART and IRL. UPS has also been rumored to be a major associate with the #28 Texaco Ford Yates team but indications are that UPS is looking for a primary sponsorship deal(4-28-2000) UPDATE 5: Parrott Stays - Todd Parrott will remain with Robert Yates Racing and the #88 Quality Care/Ford
Credit Taurus team, after agreeing to a "lifetime contract" with Robert Yates Racing. Driver, Dale Jarrett has formally agreed to a contract with Yates through the 2004 season. See full story at NOL: Parrott announces lifetime deal with Yates(4-29-2000)
Jarrett/PowerBar: PowerBar Inc. announced the launch of limited edition Dale Jarrett PowerBars® in honor of the 1999 NASCAR Winston Cup Champion. Jarrett's name, likeness and signature, along with the Robert Yates Racing #88, will appear on PowerBar energy bar wrappers beginning in May. This marks the first time PowerBar has placed an athlete on the packaging of its energy bars. See the full PR along with info on a contest at: Dale Jarrett Becomes First Athlete To Be Featured On A Powerbar Wrapper(4-27-2000)
Jarrett? UPDATE 2: getting asked what happened to Dale Jarrett at Bristol?? Dale Jarrett was running in the top five until the late going when a tire started going down on his #88 Ford(That's Racin') on the hood was two hands shaking and with the saying "A Promise Kept" above them, no idea what it was for(3-27-2000) UPDATE: heard from a few Ford employee's who were nice enough to explain the hood: Our brand(Ford) is Quality Care at your Service. One of our new slogans and images is the two hands shaking with the slogan: "Quality Care.........A Promise Kept." Thanks. See an excellent image of the hood in the Paint Scheme Gallery(3-28-2000) UPDATE 2: I hear that a few more 'different' hood schemes will be run and that Ford was not happy with the hood scheme used at Bristol as it was hard to see(as we found out)(3-31-2000)
DJ's DNF: When #88-Dale Jarrett went out early at Atlanta with an engine problem, it was his first DNF(did not finish) since the 1999 Daytona 500, a stretch of 36 races(3-12-2000)
Sad News: The teams of Dale Jarrett and Ricky Rudd were both reeling from the death this week of Dave Kriska, an engineer who had worked at Robert Yates Racing for eight years. Kriska took his own life Tuesday, just two days after Jarrett won the Daytona 500. Yates did not come to the track Friday. Kriska worked on Bill Elliott's team when it won the championship in 1988 before joining Yates(News and Observer)(2-26-2000)
Richard Petty Kudos: pretty neat, 'The King' Richard Petty came into victory lane and shook Dale Jarrett's hand and said 'Great Job'(many sources) also more on Petty: Richard Petty is a gentleman. In a crowded elevator at Daytona International Speedway Sunday morning, he stepped aside and let a woman behind him exit first(That's Racin')(2-21-2000)
Jarrett and the garage UPDATE: been getting this question: Why was Jarrett's team allowed in the garage late/early to work on the #88, isn't that unfair? Speed Magazine answers: Although there were questions about Jarrett's crew staying late in the NASCAR garage Saturday and getting in the NASCAR garage early Sunday, it is considered normal practice. NASCAR director of operations Kevin Triplett said Jarrett's team was not given any extra benefits that other NASCAR teams wouldn't have received if they had wrecked in practice the day before a race -- UPDATE: Bill Elliott's team also stayed late and came in early as they had to fix the #94 Ford due to damage from the same incident(2-21-2000)
Car Induction: Dale Jarrett's winning car from the Daytona 500 will be presented to Daytona USA at 9am/et on Monday at Daytona International Speedway. Fans can attend the presentation and a fan forum with Jarrett by paying admission to Daytona USA. The car, which is scheduled to stay at Daytona USA until next year's Daytona 500, might actually leave for a day - to go to the NASCAR wind tunnel(Speed Magazine) Also, the induction can be seen on ESPN at 4pm/et(2-21-2000)
Yates Engines: According to a knowledgeable source in the paddock, the #88's restrictor-plate engine registered a whopping 430 to 435 rear-wheel horsepower on a chassis dyno. That's around 20-25 more horsepower than anyone else in the garage area. But when we talked to another Daytona veteran engine builder, he dispelled any major Robert Yates Racing engine horsepower advantage with this logic -- Yates has too many engines in the field for only one of them to be so dominant(TNN)(2-16-2000)
Yates is HOT: no only did his drivers take 1-2 in Daytona 500 qualifying, win the Bud Shootout qualifier and race, but a Yates Racing engine won the ARCA race with the #95 Sadler Bros and driver David Keith(ESPN ARCA coverage)(2-14-2000)
ESPY's: Dale Earnhardt won the ESPY decade award for Auto Racing and Dale Jarrett won the ESPY for best performance in the 1999 Auto Racing season(2-15-2000)
Jarrett Wins: Dale Jarrett was named Driver of the Year by the National Motorsports Press Association. The presentation of the Richard Petty Award marked the second time in three years that Jarrett received the award. Jarrett first received the trophy in 1997, even though he was the runner-up in the Cup points to Jeff Gordon(Fayetteville Observer)(1-17-2000)
Racer of the Year on TNN's Raceday for 1999 is Dale Jarrett as chosen by the viewers(1-3-2000)
Racer of the Year: from RACER magazine - Oval Racer of the Year: Dale Jarrett; Road Racer of the Year: Dario Franchitti; and Drag Racer of the Year: John Force(12-29-1999)
Crew Chief of the Year: RACER names Todd Parrott Crew Chief of the Year as part of RACER magazine’s Racers of the Year awards, more awards to be announced this week(Racer Mag)(12-28-1999)
Jarrett and the Vets: On Dec. 13, Jarrett took time out of what has most certainly become a hectic schedule in the weeks since claiming the title to visit with disabled American veterans at W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center, about an hour away from Jarrett's hometown in Hickory, NC. See Racing Milestones for the whole story at: www.racingmilestones.com(12-16-1999)
#88 News UPDATE: hearing that #88 Jackman, Mike Ford, who had been with the #88 team since it's inception, has recently left RYR. Ford was raceday jackman as well as front brake and suspension specialist on the #88(DieHard Yates Fans RYR News Page)(12-15-1999) -- UPDATE: hearing that Mike Ford, former 88 jackman and front brake and suspension specialist, started work Monday 12/20 at Bill Elliott's shop. His new role there does NOT include jacking the #94 on race days(DieHard Yates Fans RYR News)(12-27-1999)
The Banquet as reported on by Sue of the Racing Angels/ADNASCAR Newsletter:
#10. Mike Skinner - points fund money $214,556; #9. Ward Burton - $244,988, Only single car team in the top ten; #8. Rusty Wallace - $285,421, Has won 14 straight years in a row; #7. Dale Earnhardt - $336,146, "Pretty good
year, win a couple races!" Out of 21 years Dale has been on stage 19 times, brought up Bristol a couple of times. Mentioned signing with Richard Childress for several more years; #6. Jeff Gordon - $396,872, - A No Bull Million Winner! Also made a fan One Million Dollars Richer! Jeff Recognized Dale Jarrett and Ray Evernham; #5. Jeff Burton - $502,597, 6 wins, Jeff won two NO Bull's Million's, and made two fans One Million Dollars Richer. He said, "I want to say Hi to Mark Martin, at home, he is Roush Racing"! "We made two fans millionaires, And the best part is we didn't have to hear Regis Philban say "is that your final answer"; #4. Tony Stewart - $548,322, 3 wins (Richmond,
Phoenix and the Homestead beat Davey Allison's two wins for a rookie record), best ever for a rookie! Completed 98% of all laps run. ROTY Award $25,000; #3. Mark Martin - $709,048 - 26 top 10's, 19 top 5's, from his home in Florida, Martin said, "Sometimes when you think life is just plain miserable, luck is just around the corner"; #2. Bobby Labonte - $1,039,773, Labonte said, "Hopefully I will get through this speech without using one of my lifelines" Labonte brought his diecast car to read ALL the sponsors off; #88 Owner Robert Yates - Wins The Car Owners Trophy; #1. Dale Jarrett - $2,965,767, four wins, congratulated his crew, owner, engine builder and crew chief. Thanked many including God, his Dad, family, wife, kids, Joe Gibbs, Jimmy Makar and Ernie Irvan among many others(I added a bit myself)(12-4-1999)
Jarrett Gives: Dale Jarrett also took some time for giving Friday. He and his wife, Kelley, have raised money for several years for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. On Friday, Jarrett handed Foundation officials a check for $220,000. That includes $110,000 from performance incentives -- for 15 top-three finishes in 1999 -- and a matching gift from team sponsor Ford Quality Care. Earlier this season, Jarrett and team owner Robert Yates gave the Komen Foundation $86,000 from racing merchandise sales(Infobeat NASCAR Newsletter/AP)(12-4-1999)
Yates Sick but... #88(and #28) car owner Robert Yates, who won his first championship as a car owner this year, missed Thursday's festivities with bronchitis but plans to be at the banquet Friday(News and Observer)(12-3-1999)
Jarrett Tops: NASCAR Winston Cup champion Dale Jarrett has been selected Driver of the Year by a 15-member panel of motorsports journalists(Arizona Republic/AP)(12-1-1999)
Championship and no poles? ever happen? With Dale Jarrett winning the Cup championship and not scoring any poles in 1999, I was asked, has it ever happened before? Yep, five times, most recently, in 1991 when Dale Earnhardt won the Winston Cup Championship with four wins and NO poles. It also happened in 1983-Bobby Allison; 1980-Earnhardt; 1973-Benny Parsons; and 1950-Bill Rexford(The Stock Car Racing Encyclopedia)(11-14/21-1999)
The Nomads Salary? the five crewmen formally to be known as the Rainbow warriors who are going to the #88 RYR team in 2000, Barry Muse, jack man; Mike Trower, front tire changer; Kevin Gilman, rear tire changer; AND Jeff Knight and Darren Jolly, tire carriers -- will continue in the same roles for Robert Yates Racing. A source close to the crew said their base salaries on race day were bumped from $200 at Hendrick's to $550 at RYR(SpeedVision) thought that was interesting(11-16-1999)
Warriors or Nomads? Catchfence.com is reporting that the five pit crew members from the #24 team that will be joining the #88 team in 2000 will only stay one year as Catchfence hears that they will be joining Ray Evernham in 2001(Catchfence)(11-14-1999)
Beer can and Jarrett: Someone threw a beer can onto the front straight at Phoenix International Raceway Sunday. Race leader and Winston Cup points leader Dale Jarrett ran over it, puncturing his right-front tire. Jarrett made up a lost lap and finished sixth despite the incident(Racer Magazine Thumbs Down/PitNow)(11-8-1999)
Rainbow Warriors, gone? UPDATE 2 yep(some of them): not sure what to think of this rumor, it's from a few very good sources but seems a bit odd, anyhow, here it is: Hearing that Robert Yates Racing has hired the entire "Rainbow Warrior" crew to do pit stops for the #88 team and Dale Jarrett in 2000, so that his mechanics can stay home on weekends -- UPDATE: just got this - Robert Yates Racing has acquired the services of five new team members for the 2000 NASCAR Winston Cup season, team owner Robert Yates announced today. Barry Muse, Mike Trower, Kevin Gilman, Jeff Knight and Darren Jolly will primarily serve as the pit crew for Dale Jarrett's #88 Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Taurus. "This opportunity was presented to us earlier this year and after much thought between myself, Todd (Parrott, crew chief ) and Dale (Jarrett), we elected to take advantage of it," Yates said. "This sport has been driven to the point where every situation tends to get more specialized. We compared notes and felt this would be a positive move. When a job is performance driven, it's only smart to have specialized people in those positions. "Not only will this allow our guys that have been in these positions each and every weekend to concentrate on doing what they are assigned better, but more efficiently. This was just the next step to take." The five new members will continue their same responsibilities for the #88 team, as they have carried out in the past with Hendrick Motorsports, pitting the #24 car, driven by Jeff Gordon. Muse - jackman, Trower - front tire changer, Gilman - rear tire changer, while Knight and Jolly are tire carriers. Rob Cappetta, Robert McInnis and Jason Burdett will remain as the gas man, second gas man and catch can, respectively(TNN Motorsports)(11-1-1999) and see the Racer Magazine Column: Over the Rainbow(11-2-1999)
Parrott Fined: NASCAR announced #88 RYR Ford crew chief, Todd Parrott, has been fined $5,000 for use of improper language. The fine is the result of
comments made during the broadcast of the Winston 500 at Talladega last week(Infobeat/AP)(10-21-19
Parrott Apologizes: #88 crew chief, Todd Parrott, who was on a live microphone during ESPN's spotlight segments, issued an apology for a bad word he said while talking to his crew(RPM2Nite)(10-18-1999)
Jarretts Magic # is 8: If Dale Jarrett can finish eight or better(or average 8th) in the last five Cup races, he clinches the Winston Cup championship. Jarrett would score enough points that no one could catch him(Henry/StockcarFans Newsletter)(10-12-1999)
Jarrett's Honored: Dale Jarrett and his wife Kelley, along with sponsor Ford Credit, were honored at The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation 1999 National Awards Luncheon in Dallas on Monday(Speed Magazine)(10-5-1999)
Jarrett Hurting UPDATE: Dale Jarrett was walking with obvious discomfort Saturday morning with an aching back he's blaming on a charity golf tournament he played in on Thursday(That's Racin')(9-26-1999) -- UPDATE: Jarrett saw a chiropractor on Monday and is feeling much better(RPM2Nite)(9-27-1999)
Jarrett: Dale Jarrett has been awarded the True Value Driver of the Year third-quarter award. Prevous winners this year were Jeff Gordon and CART FedEx Championship Series rookie phenom Juan Montoya(Racer Magazine)(9-5-1999)
Jarrett and the BGN: During the BGN race, after Dale Jarrett fell out of the race at Darlington, it was mentioned that DJ said that it was his final BGN race as a driver, ever(9-4-1999)
Streak Over: Dale Jarrett's string of 19 consecutive top-10 finishes - three short of the modern-era Winston Cup record - came to an end when he wrecked early in the Goody's Headache Powders 500(WRAL/AP)(8-29-1999)
Jarrett's Car? NO-UPDATE: General Motors executives said that they may talk to NASCAR officials about the car Jarrett is running here. It's the same car he used in decisive victories here(Michigan) in June and at Indianapolis two weeks ago. GM officials said they might try to get the car banned such as NASCAR did to a similarly successful car Jeff Gordon ran two years ago, the infamous Chevy named "T. Rex". GM officials offered no specific technical complaints about the Jarrett car(PitNow)(8-21-1999) -- NO-UPDATE: Saw nothing on PitNow or heard anything else on this situation, to many mays, mights and specifics in this story(8-23-1999)
Nike in Cup? UPDATE 2: From That's Racin' - Nike, the giant athletic shoe and apparel company has a news conference scheduled for 9:15am Thursday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the site for Saturday's Brickyard 400. The release about the news conferences promises the announcement of "an innovative performance based concept" involving "three 'top 5' Winston Cup teams and more(8-3-1999) -- UPDATE: I hear the drivers involved will be Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart, and Bobby Labonte -- UPDATE 2:From NOL -
Nike will launch a line of shoes for race fans at the 2000 Daytona 500. In the meantime, Cup drivers Dale Jarrett, Tony Stewart and Bobby Labonte and BGN driver Adam Petty, as well as their crews, will wear a hi-tech, $200-plus version(8-5-1999)
#88 Crew Member Hurt UPDATE: Brian Clark, the rear tire carrier for Dale Jarrett, broke a toe when the exhaust pipe landed on it as the car was dropped from the jack during a pit stop. Kevin Hall came over from the #28 car which crashed out of the race early(Infobeat)(7-26-1999) -- UPDATE:
Brian Clark, the right rear tire changer for Dale Jarrett's #88 Fords who was injured Sunday at Pocono Raceway, hopes to return to his team in time for the Aug. 7 Brickyard 400 at Indianapolis. Clark shattered his big toe and second toe on his left foot when Jarrett's car dropped from the jack and the car's tail pipe landed on his foot during the completion of a pit stop. He received stitches and has had his foot placed in a splint(That's Racin')(7-27-1999)
Heated Exchange: NASCAR officials apparently weren't too pleased with Jeff Gordon's bumps and pass of Dale Jarrett on the last lap of Sunday's Jiffy Lube 300. Gordon and his crew chief, Ray Evernham, were called into the NASCAR hauler to discuss the incident, in which Gordon bumped Jarrett's No. 88 Ford a couple of times through Turns 3 and 4 to take third place, pushing Jarrett to fourth. Kevin Triplett, NASCAR's director of operations, would not comment about what was discussed. Quotes and more at Gordon, Jarrett quarrel after last-lap rubbin'(That's Racin'/Jim Utter)(7-12-1999)
What If? on TNN's Inside NASCAR, they did a little calculation and came up with this: If Dale Jarrett averaged 7th in the final 17 races and Jeff Gordon finished 2nd in all the races, Gordon would win the championship(7-11-1999)
The Pass UPDATE 2: Getting much email about Dale Jarrett's pass of the pace car during the caution, saw it didn't think much about it. Here is a rule: "Cars may not pass the caution car/truck unless directed to do so by an Official in the caution car/truck. Any cars illegally passing the caution car/truck or race leader will be black-flagged". Not looking to speculate on this, if NASCAR saw a problem they would have given a warning, the way I look at it is he never completed the alleged pass and Jarrett was in the proper position at the start/finish line each time(7-4-1999) -- UPDATE: DJ explains 'the pass': Why was Dale Jarrett riding around on the track apron as the final two laps of Saturday's Pepsi 400 were run under caution? He was trying to make sure he had enough gas to make it around the 2.5-mile track to take the checkered flag. By riding on the bottom of the track, he kept the fuel cell level to allow as much gas as possible into the fuel pickup, which is on the right side. As Jarrett drove on the apron, his Ford actually got ahead of the pace car as the field came off of Turn 2. Jarrett says he lost sight of the pace car(see That's Racin' for the story) as far as NASCAR is concerned, a pass isn't a pass until a car crosses the start/finish line -- FINAL UPDATE: From NOL: NASCAR Director of Operations Kevin Triplett said the rule regarding passing the pace car is designed to prevent competitors from gaining an advantage, primarily by passing the pace car while pitting, thereby getting to their pit sooner; or passing the pace car in order to pick up a full lap on the competition. According to Triplett, Jarrett did neither. "Jarrett, in an obvious effort to conserve fuel, (dived) to the apron," Triplett said. "With the pace car remaining on the race track, Jarrett took the shorter distance, thus temporarily moving ahead of the pace car. He slowed down, moved back into place and gained no advantage. It turned out to be a non-issue."(NOL)(7-5-1999)
and again...NO Yates 3rd team: #28 and #88 team owner Robert Yates says he will not add a third team, despite offers from potential sponsors. Yates wants to get the #28 program of driver Kenny Irwin on track before he even considers adding a third team(Winston Cup Scene)(5-28-1999)
Jarrett/Farve: Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre was on hand at the speedway Wednesday to announce his partnership with Dale Jarrett. The two are forming the Jarrett-Favre Driving Adventure, a business that will allow people to ride in or drive Winston Cup cars at North Carolina Speedway in Rockingham, N.C. Packages start at $75 for a three-lap passenger ride and go to $1,450 for four sessions as a driver. The venture is to open in July(Infobeat)(5-27-1999)
Money: By winning the Pontiac Excitement 400 and leading the Cup points, Dale Jarrett won the NASCAR Winston Cup Leader Bonus of $60,000 for leading the points and winning the race(5-16-1999)
DJ's Winston Car UPDATE 1: The #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Taurus, in "The Winston" paint scheme, will be displayed in Byrd Park at the Richmond, Virginia Race for the Cure(a 5K run/fitness walk benefitting breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment) this Saturday, May 8. Continuing their assault on breast cancer, Dale Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing, and their sponsors Ford Quality Care Service and Ford Credit will present a new look at NASCAR's "The Winston" on May 22, designed entirely to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Normally painted all blue with red and white trim, the #88 Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Taurus will circle Lowe's Motor Speedway pearl-white with blue and red trim for this winners-only NASCAR Winston Cup event in Charlotte. Jarrett's driver suit and his crew's hats will be adorned with the signature 'pink ribbon,' symbolic of the Komen Foundation. Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing, Quality Care Service and Ford Credit have agreed to donate 100% of the profits generated with the sale of all merchandise associated with this car, including die-cast cars, t-shirts and hats, to the Komen Foundation. For more info see the article at the Motorsport News International site.(5-7-1999) UPDATE 1:, see an image of the car at DieHard NASCAR Fan Site)(5-14-1999)
DJ's Winston Car: The #88 Quality Care/Ford Credit Taurus, in "The Winston" paint scheme, will be displayed in Byrd Park at the Richmond, Virginia Race for the Cure(a 5K run/fitness walk benefitting breast cancer research, education, screening and treatment) this Saturday, May 8. Continuing their assault on breast cancer, Dale Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing, and their sponsors Ford Quality Care Service and Ford Credit will present a new look at NASCAR's "The Winston" on May 22, designed entirely to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Normally painted all blue with red and white trim, the #88 Quality Care Service/Ford Credit Taurus will circle Lowe's Motor Speedway pearl-white with blue and red trim for this winners-only NASCAR Winston Cup event in Charlotte. Jarrett's driver suit and his crew's hats will be adorned with the signature 'pink ribbon,' symbolic of the Komen Foundation. Jarrett, Robert Yates Racing, Quality Care Service and Ford Credit have agreed to donate 100% of the profits generated with the sale of all merchandise associated with this car, including die-cast cars, t-shirts and hats, to the Komen Foundation. For more info see the article at the Motorsport News International site(Thanks Lynne-DieHard NASCAR Fan Site)(5-7-1999)
Post Race Inspections: Cars that were inepcted after the Diehard 500 were #3-Dale Earnhardt, the winner; runner-up #88 Dale Jarrett; #6-Mark Martin(3rd); #00-Buckshot Jones(fastest 2nd round qualifier) and #99-Jeff Burton(smoking problem)(That's Racin')(4-26-1999)
DJ Winston Paint: a few readers found info on some collectible sites that Dale Jarrett will run a reverse type sceheme at The Winston in Charlotte. The car is white with the red and blue decals(4-22-1999)
15 years ago, Dale Jarrett, then 27, made his first Winston Cup start at Martinsville(on April 29th, 1984), starting 24th and finishing 14th. Though he has never won here, Jarrett has finished in the top five four times on the .526-mile track. In last year's race he finished third(SpeedNet)(4-17-1999)
DJ Paint UPDATE 2: During Dale Jarrett's NASCAR Online chat, he was asked about any special paint schemes for the #88 this season. He mentioned that that they are discussing some possibilities with Action Performance, which brought the Batman car to the team and that they will have at least one special paint scheme in 1999(NOL Chat)(3-9-1999) -- UPDATE 2: hearing the paint scheme will be an "armed forces" scheme at the Coca Cola 600(not sure what that means), supposedly an announcement is coming soon(4-5-1999) -- UPDATE 2: I hear some Ford dealers have received promotional posters of the #88 Ford with the regular paint scheme and four military themed photos. The posters say: "Go for Glory" - a Memorial Day Salute, win a trip to Charlotte for the Coca-Cola 600! Ford Credit - Ask a Salesperson for Details(4-6-1999)
Three Left: Only three drivers have finished all 1,002 Winston Cup laps held at Texas Motor Speedway. The drivers are also the top three finishers in Sunday's race: Terry Labonte, Dale Jarrett and Bobby Labonte(Dallas Morning News Notes)(3-29-1999)
#88 Crew: I hear Steve Allen, #88 assistant engine builder, raceday gasman and engine tuner has left Robert Yates Racing as of last week, no idea where he may be headed(Diehard RYR Page)(3-23-1999)
DJ/Yates/2003: Dale Jarrett will continue as driver for Robert Yates Racing through the 2003 season, the Fayetteville(N.C.) Observer-Times learned Friday. A few years ago, Jarrett seriously considered starting his own Winston Cup team and having Yates supply the motors. The team is still a possibility, Jarrett said, but the 42-year-old native of Newton, N.C., added that he would like to finish his driving career with Yates(Fayetteville Observer-Times)(3-20-1999)
Jarrett/Pearson: Dale Jarrett has a chance to tie David Pearson's record of three straight spring Darlington wins(1972-74) if he can win at Darlington this Sunday(SpeedNet)(3-19-1999)
DJ Paint: During Dale Jarrett's NASCAR Online chat, he was asked about any special paint schemes for the #88 this season. He mentioned that that they are discussing some possiblilties with Action Performance, which brought the Batman car to the team and that they will have at least one special paint scheme in 1999. Also mentioned that his current deal with RYR runs thru 2002(NOL Chat)(3-9-1999)
Yates and Chevy? #28/88 team owner Robert Yates has been a longtime Ford man. Supposedly GM officials are wooing Yates to switch to Chevrolets and may finally have his ear with the promise of the new Monte Carlo(JournalNow/PitNow) - Jayski Note: A few readers have emailed me on this, wondering how I could post it, once again, I am just letting you know what I see and hear out there. This rumor makes no sense to me either, what about Quality Care Service/Ford Credit(on a Chevy??)(2-22-1999)
#28 Team Moves: The RYR #28 Texaco team will be moving closer to the Charlotte Motor Speedway. After considering several places team owner Robert Yates has settled on buying Stacey Compton's old NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series shop. The shop has a total of 12,000 square feet, which will provide room for about eight cars one team member estimates. The shop does not have a paint booth so the team will have to send cars down I-85 to the main Yates shop to have any repair work or painting done(Marty's Two Cents-MRN)(12-18-98)
DJ OK: Dale Jarrett underwent successful gall bladder surgery in Phoenix Monday, will be released Tursday, and given a routine checkup Wednesday before heading home(WC Today Radio/GoRacing)(11-16-98)
Jarrett Surgery: Dale Jarrett is scheduled to undergo surgery to remove his gall bladder on 11/16 in Phoenix, AZ. Jarrett will return to John C Lincoln Hospital - North Mountain, where he was treated by Dr. James Magary, a gall bladder specialist, following a gall stone attack during the Dura Lube/Kmart 500 at Phoenix. Magary is scheduled to perform the surgery. Jarrett does not anticipate missing the NASCAR Winston Cup Awards Banquet on Dec. 4 in New York City.(NASCAR Online)(11-9-98)