James Christopher "Jamie" McMurray
(born June 3, 1976) is a professional American
race car driver. McMurray is best known for winning the 2002 UAW-GM Quality 500
as a substitute driver in his second Winston Cup
start, and is one of three drivers to win both the Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 in the same year. He currently drives the #1 Bass Pro Shops
Chevrolet Impala in the Sprint Cup Series
for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing
with crew chief Kevin Manion
Early NASCAR career
In 1999, McMurray made four starts in the Craftsman Truck Series
. In 2000, he ran 15 Craftsman Truck races and posted one top-five and four top-ten finishes. During 2001 and 2002, he competed full-time in the NASCAR Busch Series
, driving the #27 Williams Travel Centers Chevrolet Monte Carlo
for Brewco Motorsports
. The latter year was better for McMurray, as he won two races and finished sixth in the overall points standings.
Before the fall race at Richmond in 2002, Chip Ganassi
announced McMurray would be the driver of a Texaco-Havoline sponsored Dodge in 2003. Ganassi planned to have Jamie drive the #42 Dodge for seven races in 2002.
2002 win at Lowe's Motor Speedway
McMurray substituted for an injured Sterling Marlin
, who fractured a vertebra
at the Winston Cup
race at Kansas Speedway
. He made his Cup debut, filling in the #40 Coors Light
Dodge at . One week later, in just his second career NASCAR Winston Cup start, McMurray outraced Bobby......