Jamie McMurray was offered a new deal at CGR where he would race in the Daytona 500 and then assume a leadership role in the organization. McMurray has been with Chip Ganassi Racing since 2010 and has won four races during his tenure with them. Three of the four wins came in 2010 when he debuted with the team. McMurray began racing with CGR in 2002, when he started racing part-time and went full time the year after. In 2005, he went to Roush Fenway Racing and after a successful stint with them he returned to CGR in 2010.
Since then, McMurray has struggled to perform at a consistently high level and at the age of 42, Ganassi decided to offer a leadership position to McMurray because they still want him on their team and he has a lot to offer. Moving to a leadership role at this stage of his career could be a great move for McMurray long term and it would help ease his transition into retirement.
“I love Jamie McMurray and I want him on my team,” Ganassi told the AP. “In a Dario role, though.”
No one is certain yet that McMurray will take the position yet. McMurray could go looking for another number one driving spot on another team but many experts are unsure that he will want to do that. McMurray is also an older driver and it will be difficult to find a team that will want to take him given his age and recent performance.
“I don’t talk about contracts,” McMurray said. “I just don’t discuss any of that kind of stuff.”
McMurray has refused to talk about any of the issues or what he is going to do next. Most experts believe that he will stick with Chip Ganassi Racing and that he will retire after the Daytona 500. Reddit user ElectricPeterTork had this to say, “It’s time.Take the office job, Jamie. Teach Minichek how to avoid your mistakes.”
Kurt Busch is rumored to be taking over the number one spot at CGR, which would be an upgrade from Jamie McMurray. Kurt Busch will be bringing Monster Energy along with him to whichever team he decides to join. Kurt Busch is one of NASCAR’s premier drivers and there are few drivers who can hold a candle to Kurt.
“For me, I’ve just been racing, driving and performing, doing all the things I can do to exceed in all categories, whether it’s teammate things, things on the track,” he said.
“I don’t know many drivers that have a primary sponsor with them. Monster Energy has been very loyal to me. It’s just a matter of when the time is to start talking about a contract. Last year, it went long just because I felt I deserved more.
“The landscape is changing in NASCAR on primary sponsorship values, teams with the purse and the guarantee that they get off the historical performance. There are a lot of things that move, so we’ll see how it all comes together.”
We will have to wait and see if Busch is going to take the number one spot at CGR. Kurt can certainly still compete at the highest level and the Monster Energy sponsorship is a great incentive for any of the best teams in racing to sign him.
If McMurray decides to take the offer, the Daytona 500 will be the last race of his career and then he will step into the leadership role. Hopefully, McMurray can decide quickly what he wants to do with his career and go out on his terms. The Daytona 500 would be a perfect place to end his career and if I was McMurray I would take this deal and enjoy the last ride at one of the biggest events in NASCAR.