DJ's Deal: $44 All-Star Weekend Package!
Dale Jarrett will finally "race" the truck and Charlotte Motor Speedway is offering a special two-day ticket package for just $44 so fans can be on hand Saturday night, May 17, when Jarrett's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered Tour" culminates at the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
Those are just two of several events and promotions that officials from UPS and Charlotte Motor Speedway announced Wednesday in preparation for the 1999 NASCAR Sprint Cup champion's final career start.
Jarrett unveiled the No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry he will drive in the Sprint All-Star Race which features a special paint scheme that pays tribute to several of the North Carolina native's career accomplishments. The unveiling marked the first time Jarrett viewed the metallic-gold design which unites the past with the present. The car displays design elements from both Jarrett's current No. 44 UPS Camry as well as the No. 88 Quality Care entry that he drove during the 1999 championship season.
But, before Jarrett straps into the No. 44 UPS Toyota Camry for the final time, he'll do something fans have eagerly anticipated, he's going to "race" the truck. After Jarrett is introduced prior to the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race, he will step into the UPS Race Truck from the UPS ad campaign and take one lucky fan for a ride around the 1.5-mile superspeedway. In honor of Jarrett and in appreciation of the fans who have supported him, Charlotte Motor Speedway officials have created "DJ's Deal," a special Friday-Saturday (May 16-17) All-Star Weekend ticket package for only $44.
Friday's ticket is good for the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race qualifying session and the North Carolina Education Lottery 200 NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series race. The Saturday ticket is for the weekend's main event and Jarrett's finale, the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race.
Diehard Jarrett fans can add a special $99 Saturday hospitality package to their ticket order which includes food and drink in a UPS Racing-themed chalet prior to the event and a question-and-answer session with Jarrett himself.
Charlotte Motor Speedway will kick off All-Star Week festivities by inducting Jarrett into the Charlotte Motor Speedway Court of Legends in front of Smith Tower on Tuesday, May 13, at which time the winner of the ride-along will be announced. The winner will be randomly selected from fans that have purchased tickets in the "DJ's Deal" section or have sent a postcard labeled "DJ's Ride-Along" to Charlotte Motor Speedway, P.O. Box 600, Concord, N.C. 28026. Contestants must include complete name, address, day/night phone numbers and e-mail address on each postcard entry. (Contest Ride Along Rules)
"This is obviously going to be a big weekend for me, my family and everyone at UPS," Jarrett said. "The opportunity for my last race to be at what I consider my home track is something I appreciate and look forward to.
With everything that is going on that night-the ticket package, racing the truck and making my last start-and the activities we have planned leading up to that race, I feel quite certain it will be an emotional night."
"The All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway will be a bittersweet day for Dale Jarrett fans and UPS employees worldwide," said Ron Rogowski, director of sponsorships for UPS. "While we all will miss seeing Dale behind the wheel of the No. 44 UPS Toyota, we have been honored to have such a tremendous relationship with one of the most respected people in NASCAR. We look forward to the All-Star race weekend and to celebrating Dale's illustrious career and accomplishments both behind the wheel of the race car and as a spokesperson for the sport."
"It's a fitting culmination to a great career. Dale's a local guy and a three-time Cup race winner at Charlotte," said H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Charlotte Motor Speedway. "He's been a class act who understands what this sport is about, and that's the fans. The $44 deal is an affordable way for race fans to join in as we give a fitting send-off to one of NASCAR's greatest champions."
The "DJ's Deal" package and tickets for all May events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, including the May 17 NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the May 25 Coca-Cola 600, can be purchased by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online.