1999 Dale Jarrett Brickyard 400 winning trophy.
Dale Jarrett is is the NASCAR Hall of Fame and well known for being the 1999 NASCAR Champion. He was also a 2 time winner of the Brickyard 400 also a 3 time winner of the Daytona 500. He is the son of 2 time Champion Ned Jarrett.
Indianapolis is all about traditions and in 1996 Jarrett passed teammate Ernie Ivone with just 6 laps to go and scored a memorable victory but it was what he did afterwards that is still takes about today after scoring his first Brickyard 400 win. “The car was great all day long. I was a little bit tight and I could tell that Ernie was getting tighter too. I knew that was a place that I could make my move. He got in a little hard and a little bit high and I saw an opportunity to get by him and I just took it and the car worked a lot better out front. What a feeling. This is just fantastic,” Jarrett said.
“You’ve always watched races at Indy and now to have the opportunity to be right here in victory lane is such a tremendous feeling. This is such a great place. I want to thank God for a safe race here, for giving me the abilities that he has, and for saving a lot of people out there, including myself. What a year to win the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600, and now the Brickyard 400.” As usual, Jarrett pulled his No. 88 Ford into victory lane to celebrate the win, but he and his crew chief Todd Parrott had something else up their sleeve to celebrate the win with. After the victory lane festivities, Jarrett and his crew assembled at the start/finish line, where they all kneeled down and kissed the bricks in celebration. From that point on, any driver that has won the Brickyard 400 and Indianapolis 500 in the years since will visit both victory lane and will also make the journey to the finish line to kiss the bricks.
Jarrett was known for being one of the best in his era and on the all time greatest drivers list of many experts. He cemented his legacy 3 years later by winning a second time at the Brickyard and also capturing the 1999 NASCAR Championship in the same season.
Today his original 1996 Brickyard 400 win trophy is now available. Also Jarrett’s 99 win helmet.