Ipaint Schemes:/I New Colors For Jarrett
September 1, 2004 | 4:45 P.M. EST
The Wednesday morning event was attended by both top level RYR team members and UPS management including company CEO Mike Eskew who delivered the remarks before Jarrett's introduction to the crowd of nearly 1,500 UPS corporate office employees who gathered on the company plaza for the hour-long event.
As Jarrett took to the podium he referred to the turnaround in performance for the #88 UPS Racing Team and thanked the UPS employees for their continued support despite the team's recent struggles.
"When I sit around and think about the fact that there are more than 360,000 UPS employees world wide that are interested in how we are performing and pulling for us, it really is a strong motivation to perform well," Jarrett said. "I know it was tough for about 14 to 18 months but we have rounded the corner and we are a top-10 team each and every week at the race track."
"I think the fact that we weren't happy with a 10th-place finish at Bristol speaks volumes about the mindset of this team in knowing we are better than just 10th place every week," Jarrett added. "We are certainly pulling out all the stops to get this UPS Ford into the top-10. I think that with the way we are performing, if we make it in the top-10 and have a shot at the championship we are going to be a very dangerous team to contend with and we will have a say in who is the team celebrating in New York in December."
Jarrett thanked the UPS employees for their support and what they do to contribute to organizations such as the United Way on a daily basis. While it was a time to encourage employee participation in the UPS United Way campaign, it was also a time to introduce a new look for the UPS Ford for the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series season. Jarrett's car owner Robert Yates addressed the crowd on hand and explained the reasoning for the new look of the UPS Ford.
"UPS made some changes last year with the logo, which we were very honored to be a part of, and we have made a lot of changes with our race teams by bringing in guys like Eddie D'Hondt to manage things and Mike Ford to head things up for the #88 UPS Team," Yates said. "So it is only appropriate that we give the UPS Ford a new look to go along with all the changes we have made to improve results on the race track."
Jarrett and Yates were assisted in the unveiling by Eddie D'Hondt, RYR general manager, Richard Yates, Robert's twin brother and finance manager for RYR, and Bob Jeffrey, spotter for the #88 UPS Team. The unveiling proved to be an exclusive for the crowd of UPS employees as there were the first to see the 2005 car.
"I had actually only seen it on paper so this is a treat for me too," Jarrett said. "We even kept it off the rumor web sites out there so this is a real premier for this car."
The event concluded with photo opportunities and autograph sessions. Before the RYR team members departed, Jarrett was presented with a little surprise of his own as CEO Eskew presented Jarrett with a check in the amount of $5,000 for the Dale Jarrett Foundation which supports a variety of charities in the Carolinas and across the United States including the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and the Victory Junction Gang Camp.