Mcmurray To Leave Ganassi

Jamie McMurray could be Mark Martin's replacement at Roush Racing.

Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced Thursday that it will part ways with McMurray following the 2006 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup season.

"Jamie's made a decision to go in another direction after we've both fulfilled the commitment that we made to each other in 2002," said team owner Chip Ganassi. "We didn't do a good job of conveying to Jamie where this team is headed, but we expect a lot of success with Jamie the rest of this year and next year, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors beyond that.”

McMurray has been rumored to take over the vacated No. 6 seat at Roush Racing, which will be open when Martin retires at the end of this season. Sources report McMurray has indeed signed a deal with car owner Jack Roush, but nothing official has been announced.

With one more year left on his contract with Ganassi, McMurray would not be available to jump to Roush, leaving the 2006 season open in the 6 car. Speculation is current Roush truck series driver Ricky Craven would fill the seat until McMurray's arrival in 2007.

Team owner Felix Sabates added, “This is a total team sport and the Texaco/Havoline team will continue to stay focused on making the Chase and running for the Championship this season, next season and well into the future."

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