MCMURRAY TO WAVE THE GREEN FLAG FOR THE CROWN ROYAL 200 AT WATKINS GLEN CONCORD, N.C. (AUGUST 6, 2008) - For the first time ever, Roush Fenway Racing driver Jamie McMurray will be on the other side of the flag stand for the start of a race.
MCMURRAY TO WAVE THE GREEN FLAG FOR THE CROWN ROYAL 200 AT WATKINS GLEN
CONCORD, N.C. (AUGUST 6, 2008) - For the first time ever, Roush Fenway Racing driver Jamie McMurray will be on the other side of the flag stand for the start of a race. Typically, it's McMurray, piloting his No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion coming to the green flag at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour. This Friday evening, however, McMurray will be the honorary starter for the Crown Royal 200 Grand-Am race at Watkins Glen International. Along with honorary starter duties, McMurray will also present the trophy to the winning driver in Victory Lane.
"I've never been on that side of the flag stand," said McMurray. "This will be a first time waving the flag to start a race. Crown Royal does so much around Watkins Glen and in the Grand-Am Series, that it was a perfect fit when they asked me to be the honorary starter for the Crown Royal 200. I'm really looking forward to Friday night. It should be a great experience."
In five starts at the 2.45-mile road course, McMurray boasts one top-five, and has completed all but one lap in his career at Watkins Glen.
"After what happened at Watkins Glen last year, and then almost a repeat this year at Sonoma, I think everyone on the No. 26 Crown Royal team is looking forward to returning to the road course. Last year we were very competitive in each of the practices, and then in the race, we had a top-five car, but were taken out early. I'm looking forward to a great weekend for this No. 26 Crown Royal team."
The Crown Royal 200 Grand-Am race is scheduled to start at 6:30pm on Friday evening, and will air at 8:00pm on SPEED.