Sonoma, June 24, 2011
Ragan's No. 6 UPS Ford Transformed Into 1965 Championship Design
UPS (NYSE: UPS) will pay tribute to Ned Jarrett's recent induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame with a commemorative design on David Ragan's No. 6 UPS Ford at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The throwback paint scheme was unveiled today at Infineon Raceway and resembles Jarrett's 1965 championship-winning Ford Galaxie.
UPS sponsored Jarrett's son and current broadcast analyst Dale Jarrett from 2001 to 2008 and both father and son appeared together in one of UPS's memorable "race the truck" NASCAR commercials.
"UPS enjoyed a great partnership with the Jarrett family through our sponsorship with Dale and when this opportunity surfaced we were eager to bring this element into our racing activation program," said Ron Rogowski, UPS vice president, sponsorship and events. "During Ned's standout season, UPS had just 24,000 employees, 15,000 vehicles and handled 324 million packages a year. Currently, we employee 400,600 people around the world, operate more than 92,000 vehicles and handle 3.94 billion packages and documents each year."
During the Indianapolis race weekend, Ragan's UPS Ford will feature a classic candy apple blue base design while also paying homage to Jarrett's nickname -Gentleman Ned- along the rear quarter panel. The No. 6 car will feature retro white wheels, which will stay on the car until the team's first pit stop, and showcase the UPS logo as it appeared in 1965.
"David Ragan is a fine young man who has a great knowledge of NASCAR history and tradition and I'm honored that he and UPS have commemorated my Hall of Fame induction in such amazing fashion," said Jarrett.
"It's really neat to have our UPS Ford painted up like Ned's championship car and run it at Indy, which has seen so many great historic moments in racing," said Ragan. "I grew up a big fan of the Jarrett family and have always had an interest in the pioneers of our sport, so I'm glad UPS has dedicated an entire paint scheme to one of the sport's greatest legends."