Jamie McMurray Reveals Interesting Incident That Led to His NASCAR Return for 2021 Daytona 500

Published 01/22/2021, 5:00 AM EST
DOVER, DE – MAY 14: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops Chevrolet, stands next to his car on the grid during qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Autism Speaks 400 at Dover International Speedway on May 14, 2010 in Dover, Delaware. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)g

Earlier this week, NASCAR veteran Jamie McMurray confirmed that he is back in NASCAR. To be precise, the driver revealed that he is racing in the 2021 Daytona 500 for Spire Motorsports. Recently, he spoke to SiriusXM NASCAR Radio about the move and the circumstances behind it.


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He revealed that talks were well underway, at least 6-8 months before the announcement. At the time, he still worked for Chip Ganassi Racing and made a few appearances in commercials. At one instance, McMurray was at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and he was filming a commercial. Apparently, they were all in lockdown because of the COVID situation.

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – FEBRUARY 14: Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Bass Pro Shops/Tracker Boats Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 14, 2010 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)

Jamie McMurray said, “Someone from the studio brought up the idea of me running the 500 and they laughed about it. They were like, ‘There’s no way you would ever do that’. To be honest, I haven’t missed driving until this hit. We’ve been at home, and you kinda start missing a lot of things.”


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Jamie McMurray finally relented and agreed to make his NASCAR return

After a long and hard think, he finally agreed to race. Of course, there were many hurdles to cross and it took some time for everything to fall in place. First and foremost, it was trying to convince Spire Motorsports to get on board with fielding him. To be honest, the Spire charter is essentially a Ganassi car.

Furthermore, Spire and Chip Ganassi were going to share crew members. McMurray really wanted to race at Daytona since the 500 is a special event. He also revealed that he and sponsor AdventHealth want to give the viewers an insight into what the drivers go through in a race.

Admittedly, this is only a one-off appearance for Jamie McMurray. The 44-year-old retired after competing in the 2019 Daytona 500 and will be back in action after nearly two years away from the game.


Dhruv George

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Dhruv George is a senior Formula One and NASCAR analyst for EssentiallySports, having authored nearly 12000 articles spanning different sports like F1, NASCAR, Tennis, NFL, and eSports. He graduated with a PG Diploma in Journalism from the Xavier Institute of Communications. Dhruv has also conducted interviews with F1 driver Pierre Gasly and Moto2 rider Tony Arbolino.



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