McMurray Set for Rolex Return

Jamie McMurray will make his competitive return to racing with owner Chip Ganassi when he co-drives the No. 02 TELMEX/Target BMW Riley in the Rolex 24 Grand-Am Sports Car Series race at Daytona International Speedway on January 30 and 31.

The race will mark McMurray's first with Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sebates since driving a Dodge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from 2002-2005, and second with the team in the Rolex 24. In 2005, McMurray finished fourth in the twice around the clock race in Ganassi's No. 02 New Century Mortgage entry co-driven by Cort Wagner and Stefan Johannson.

This year McMurray will co-drive the No. 02 with Juan Pablo Montoya, Scott Dixon, and Dario Franchitti.

"I'm just super excited about getting to be teamed up with those guys," McMurray said. "Chip, you know, his team has done so well in the Grand-Am Series over the last few years. You know, to get to be with the driver lineup that they've put me with, I'm just very honored, and I want to make sure that I am not the guy that messes it up."

Last weekend, McMurray had the chance to climb back behind the wheel of a Daytona Prototype for the first time - since finishing 12 laps behind the 2005 SunTrust Racing winning team - during the “Roar Before the 24” test session at Daytona.

"Those cars are so much of fun to drive," McMurray said about the Prototypes. "It took me the whole first day just to get used to the cockpit of the car. It's so much different. The steering wheel has what looked like 500 buttons on it, but it's only four or five. And the way the tach works and everything, it took me a while to get used to all of that, and where all the switches are in the car, and just get used to the mirrors and everything that's different about that.

"But the cars drove pretty good. Like I say, they're a lot of fun to drive around that track, and I really enjoy it. So we had what I thought was a pretty good test. For me it was good to get back in the car and just get some seat time and get comfortable before getting back down there for the race."

The Rolex 24 will be a tune up of sorts for McMurray as he will return to the Earnhardt-Ganassi Sprint Cup team the following week to make his debut behind the wheel of the No. 1 Chevrolet in the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona.

The transition back to EGR could give McMurray more opportunities to drive in the Grand-Am Rolex Series.

"Grand-Am is a great series," McMurray said. "I mean, I would really like to run the Watkins Glen race that they have every year in conjunction with the NASCAR weekend.

"I would definitely run more of these. It's a fun car to drive. I heard Scott say something earlier about having more than just one driver, I kind of like that. It's something I wouldn't want to do every single week, but I think that's fun when you have more than one driver and you're kind of sharing that role."

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GRAND-AM Championship Weekend at Lime Rock Park

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Saturday, September 28, 2013 1:15 PM
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