Christy Futrell is the wife of NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray, and the two have been married for almost six years now.
McMurray used to date Katie Wallace, daughter of former Nextel Cup driver Rusty Wallace. The couple dated for about a year from 2004-05 until the two split up.
Futrell keeps a lower profile in comparison to other NASCAR driver wives.
1. The Couple Had Known Each Other For Awhile Before They Were Engaged
The couple had originally met in 2006. Originally they were good friends, but eventually started to date. When it came time to propose, McMurray felt comfortable because he felt he was marrying his best friend:
Yeah, I got on my knee. Christy and I have been together for so long, that it’s weird when you’re talking to your friend. You picture that as a child doing it, and you don’t know what the person looks like. We’re sitting there, and I’m like, ‘Gosh, this is my best friend.’ I kind of felt corny. … I’m certainly not Romeo by any means.
2. The Couple Have 2 Children Together
The couple have two children together: a son, Carter, and a daughter, Hazel.
McMurray was worried he’d have to leave for Daytona for NASCAR Media Day leaving up to the 2013 Daytona 500 before his wife and newborn daughter came home from the hospital.
3. McMurray Has a Foundation In His Name That His Wife Helps Him Run
McMurray’s charity, The Jamie Murray Foundation, raises money to help Autism all over the country. His wife is heavily involved.
4. She Likes to Keep a Low Profile
The couple keep a low profile on the track and off the track. Together, they reside on Lake Norman in Mooresville, North Carolina with their two dogs Chloe and Jake.
The most futrell stays in the news is when she is seen with her husband on the track when he kisses her.
5. She Is Also Important to Her Husband’s Racing Team
NASCAR drivers tend to get into accidents and feuds with other drivers relatively easily due to the nature of the sport. In instances like this, family can do a good job of helping mend broken fences. In a 2012 interview with SBNation, McMurray revealed that he had once feuded with Matt Kenseth — arguably the nicest driver in the sport — and it was his wife that helped fixed that issue and start a friendship:
SBN: Who is a clean driver you really enjoy racing with?
JM: Matt Kenseth.
SBN: Has it always been that way with you two?
JM: No. I had a rivalry with him for awhile in 2004 and 2005; we wrecked each other multiple times. Then I became his teammate (at Roush Fenway Racing) and we weren’t very good friends the first year – and then he ended up being my best friend. Wives and kids overrule past relationships.