Daytona 500 Winner McMurray Looks Back on Rolex 24 Experience

Feb. 16, 2010


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Daytona 500 was Jamie McMurray‘s second major event this year at Daytona International Speedway.
Two weeks before leading the final two laps and winning the Daytona 500, McMurray was part of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ all-star lineup in the No. 02 TELMEX/Target BMW Riley, joining Juan Pablo Montoya, Dario Franchitti and Scott Dixon.
“I think every time you get in a full-sized racecar and you get to do a road course, you learn a little bit,” McMurray said in his Daytona 500 post-race conference. “I got to do it with three other really talented road-racing drivers. Those cars have telemetry on it. You can overlay their laps versus yours. I thought it’s a great learning experience. And the same time, it’s fun. It’s a lot of fun to get to come down and be a part of.”

The all-star lineup from the Rolex 24 now includes a Daytona 500 winner with three winners of the Indianapolis 500. McMurray’s car went to the garage three minutes after midnight after leading 139 laps. All four drivers led the Rolex 24, with McMurray pacing 10 circuits. The team’s No. 01 entry went on to finish second, with regulars Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas joined by Justin Wilson and Max Papis. After winning the event three straight times from 2006-08, Ganassi’s team now has back-to-back second-place finishes.

“Chip’s teams in the Rolex Series are the best ones, bar none,” McMurray said. “To get to be a driver in that, I just did it because I wanted to and it was a fun opportunity.”


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