Jamie McMurray is a NASCAR driver who drives the No. 1 car for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Spring Cup Series, and is entering his 14th season.
Some of McMurray’s current sponsors include: Chevrolet, McDonald’s, Dr. Pepper, Bass Pro Shops and Oakley. His current Crew Chief is Matt McCall.
Although McMurray’s career spans well over a decade now as well as being one of the sport’s more popular drivers, he still hasn’t had quite the success and consistency that several of his peers have seemed to find.
1. McMurray Scored His First Winston Cup Series Win in 2002
In 2002 he scored a win in his 2nd career Sprint Cup Series start — the quickest in NASCAR history — while substituting for the injured Sterling Marlin. Like other drivers such as Carl Edwards, he worked his way up through the NASCAR Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series before signing with Chip Ganassi Racing.
2003 was his 1st full season in the Sprint Cup Series, and was eventually named Rookie of the Year.
2. In 2010 McMurray Won the Daytona 500 & Had His Best Overall Season
Originally with Chip Ganassi Racing, he left for a few years to team with Jack Roush before returning in 2010. He had his most successful season in 2010 by winning two of the Sprint Cup Series biggest races, the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. During the “Chase for the Sprint Cup,” he added a 3rd win at the Bank of America 500 (Charlotte Motor Speedway), the track where he won his 1st race back in 2002, however, he didn’t qualify for the Chase, so the win was hollow.
Despite those high-profile wins, he finished just 14th in the driver standings , marking his 6th career top-20 points finish.
3. Throughout His Career, McMurray Has Lacked Consistency Other Top Drivers Have
His career has been defined by a lack of real consistency. Before his semi-breakout 2010 season — at that point already a Sprint Cup series driver for eight years — where he won three of NASCAR’s biggest races, he had won just three races in total since 2002.
From 2002-10, he had 30 top-five finishes, and in 2010, he had nine top-five finishes, almost one-third of the total from his previous eight seasons. Since 2010 (2011-14), he has only won one race and finished in the top-five 13 times.
Despite this, he has still earned over $61 million in his career.
4. In 2014 McMurray Finished 18th in the Points Race
In May 2014 he won the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway — a track where he’s had his most success. During the course of the rest of the season, he also won two pole positions and had 13 top-10 finishes – the most since his breakout 2010 campaign.
He also came close to winning several other races. If he can turn a few top-10 finishes into top-five finishes and a one or two top-five finishes into a win, he could officially qualify for the first Chase of his career.
5. McMurray & His Wife Help Run the Foundation in His Name
After being born in Joplin, Missouri, he now resides on in Mooresville, North Carolina with his wife Christy. Together, the couple has two children, a son, Carter, and a daughter, Hazel. The couple also has a dog, Chloe.
According to his website:
The Jamie McMurray Foundation (JMF) promotes awareness of, and raises funding for, the research, education, and support for individuals and families afflicted with autism. JMF is dedicated to bringing the financial backing and support of the NASCAR community, together with the passion and commitment of the autism community, to promote better understanding of this challenging disability.
He has donated over $200,000 to Autism Speaks and other autism research charities.