Jarrett A Man Of The Year Nominee
November 25, 2000 | 12:00 A.M. EST
Jarrett, the 1999 Winston Cup champion, is a national spokesperson for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Disabled American Veterans. This year alone, Jarrett has helped raise $97,500 for the Komen Foundation.
"The research to find a cure for this disease is important," Jarrett says of one the various off-track causes he tries to promote. "I've been fortunate in the past few years to have partnered with the Komen Foundation. If we educated all the fans that stopped by the (promotional) booths at the various tracks about breast cancer, then a step in the right direction was made."
The NASCAR Man of the Year award is available to those who devote time to community service contributions and charitable efforts. Ward Burton was the first-quarter nominee, followed by Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon in the second and third quarters of voting.
Jarrett presented a check for $33,000 to the Komen Foundation at the final Winston Cup race of the 2000 season at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
A group of panelists will select one of the four quarterly finalists to name the NASCAR Man of the Year. This award will be presented at the NASCAR Winston Cup Series banquet in New York City in December, along with a prize of $100,000. The prize will be divided evenly between the driver and the charity of his choice.
Jarrett is also heavily involved in several charities in and around his hometown of Hickory, N.C. He sponsors an annual golf tournament for the Lutheran Counseling Center and supports and participates in activities for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, March of Dimes and YMCA of Catawba Valley. This past spring he chaired an "Education Alive" benefit for the Hickory Public Schools.