Jamie McMurray exploded onto the NASCAR scene when, in 2002, he scored a win in his second-career Sprint Cup Series start while substituting for the injured Sterling Marlin. The former world karting champion worked his way up through the NASCAR Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series before signing with Chip Ganassi Racing, where he ran his first full season of Sprint Cup Series action in 2003 en route to being named the series’ Rookie of the Year. He joined Roush-Fenway Racing in 2006 and established himself as one of the top drivers in the Ford Racing stable, scoring two of his biggest career Sprint Cup wins at the famous superspeedways of Daytona and Talladega. For 2010, Jamie returned to race for Ganassi at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing and continued his winning ways in his first race at the Daytona 500 and later took the prestigious Brickyard 400 for a sweep of NASCAR’s two biggest events of the season. In 2014, he won the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race along with it’s $1.3M payday, and in January of 2015 he along side Chip Ganassi Racing team mates Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Kyle Larson, won the prestigious Rolex 24 at Daytona race.
Born June 3, 1976…raised in Joplin, Mo…resides on Lake Norman in Mooresville, N.C. with wife Christy , their son, and their dog Chloe…active with his charity, the Jamie McMurray Foundation, which has donated over $200,000 to Autism Speaks and other autism research charities.…as former standout in the karting world, participates in select karting races across the nation…focuses on his fitness and nutrition…enjoys fishing and the outdoors.
» 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona winner
» 2014 Sprint All-Star Race winner
» 2010 Daytona 500 winner
» 2010 Brickyard 400 winner
» 7 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victories
» 11 career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series poles
» Over 120 career NASCAR Sprint Cup top-ten finishes
» 2003 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Rookie of the Year
» Quickest winner in NASCAR History – 2nd career start
» 8 career NASCAR Nationwide Series victories
» 3 career NASCAR Nationwide Series poles
» 68 career NASCAR Nationwide Series top-ten finishes
» 1 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series victory
» 3 career NASCAR Camping World Truck Series poles
In May of 2014 Jamie once again won one of the biggest races on the NASCAR circuit, the Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. He and the No. 1 team led 40% of the non-points paying event, to bring home one of the riches prizes all season – at $1,370,400 payday. He also won two pole positions during the course of the season and had 13 top-10 finishes – the most since his 2010 return season to Chip Ganassi Racing.
The 2013 season brought Jamie back to victory lane, winning the Camping World RV Sales 500 at Talladega Super Speedway in October. It was his second career win at the 2.66 mile tri-oval and with a very consistent season, Jamie and the Chip Gannasi Racing team finished 15th in the final point standings with four top-5 finishes and nine top-10 finishes.
In his third season driving for Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing, Jamie McMurray finished the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) campaign 21st in the final point standings. Although it was a tough season for the No. 1 team, McMurray did improve six positions in the final standings from 2011. He had three top-10 finishes and completed 97.7% of the laps completed, and led for 58 laps. 2012 was the first season that McMurray did not have a pole since 2009, and the first time that he’s gone winless in consecutive seasons since 2006. McMurray also raced in one NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) race, with a ninth-place finish at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in July, he kept his streak alive of 11 straight seasons with at least one top-10 finish in the NNS.
The 2011 season was a challenging year for the two Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing cars, especially McMurray. Yet, McMurray challenged again for a near repeat Brickyard 400 win at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and recorded his eighth career pole. He also came closer to reaching his 100th top-10 finish by earning his 96th at Bristol Motor Speedway in August with a strong fifth-place result.
2010 brought a lot of success with his new team at Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing. McMurray won two of the Sprint Cup Series biggest races, winning the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400. During the Chase, McMurray added a third win at theBank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the track where he won his first ever Cup race. By season’s end, McMurray finished 14th in the driver standings to mark his sixth career top-20 points finish.
In 2009, McMurray ranked 22nd in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) point’s standings with one win, one top-five, and five top-10 finishes. McMurray led the final 32 laps of the AMP Energy 500 at Talladega Superspeedway to come away with his third career NSCS win.
McMurray finished up with a solid NSCS season, earning four top-five and 11 top-10 finishes – placing him 16th in the final point standings. He finished the year strong earning three consecutive third-place finishes in the series’ last three races. He also secured five top-10 finishes in the final six races of the year, four of which he placed in the top five.
In July of 2007, McMurray recorded the second closest finish in NASCAR history after battling Kyle Busch on the final lap of the Firecracker 400 at Daytona, crossing the finish line just .005 seconds ahead of Busch. McMurray also claimed the Pole Award at Infineon Raceway, posting a time of 77.521 seconds on the 1.99 mile road course. He scored three top-five and nine top-10 finishes, ending the season 17th in the points standings.
The 2006 season saw McMurray lead 95 of the closing laps at Dover International Speedway only to finish second to his teammate Matt Kenseth. He also finished a solid third at Watkins Glen. He went on to score three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.
Returning to Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for the third consecutive season, McMurray grabbed four top-five and 10 top-10 finishes, placing 12th in the final point standings.
In his second year driving for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, McMurray earned nine top-five and 23 top-10 finishes. This marked the second highest number of top-10 finishes for the 2004 NSCS season, behind only Jeff Gordon. McMurray was most impressive during the second half of his season with 12 top-10 finishes in the last 14 races. He also scored the second most points during the ten race Chase for the Championship. He finished 11th in the points earning a $1 million dollar bonus. McMurray also won three Nationwide Series (NNS) races – one with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates after qualifying third at Phoenix.
McMurray began driving the No. 42 Dodge for Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates in 2003. He grabbed his first career pole at Homestead-Miami Speedway and earned the 2003 Raybestos Rookie of the Year Award. He had five top-five and 13 top-10 finishes, placing 13th in the final points.
In 2002, McMurray shocked the racing world when he won his first NSCS race in only his second start. Filling in for an injured Sterling Marlin, McMurray’s win at Lowes Motor Speedway set a new record as it took McMurray the shortest amount of time to win an NSCS race. He also raced a full season in the NNS earning two wins at Atlanta and Rockingham, six top-five, and 14 top-10 finishes – earning him 6th place in the 2002 NNS standings.
In McMurray’s rookie year in the NNS, McMurray earned three top-10 finishes and finished 16th in the final point standings.
McMurray competed in 15 of the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series (NCTS) races. His season saw him earn two Pole Awards, one top-five, and three top-10 finishes.