WKA's Pit Board - 02.15.2010 *** Congratulations to WKA member Jamie McMurray for his Daytona 500 win 02.15.2010 -- In late December Jamie McMurray was one of about 500 kart racers competing at WKA's Daytona KartWeek at Daytona International...
WKA's Pit Board - 02.15.2010
Congratulations to WKA member Jamie McMurray for his Daytona 500 win
02.15.2010 -- In late December Jamie McMurray was one of about 500 kart racers competing at WKA's Daytona KartWeek at Daytona International Speedway. Racing in the TaG divisions, McMurray drove to a pair of top-10 finishes in the Margay Sprint Championships for the Manufacturer's Cup Series.
On Sunday McMurray won the biggest race of his career at the famed World Center of Racing when he drove his new Earnhardt Ganassi Racing No. 1 ride to an emotional victory in the Daytona 500.
McMurray's win in the Great American Race was the fourth Sprint Cup triumph of his career and it came after a 2009 season filled with much uncertainty about the future of his NASCAR driving career. McMurray was the odd man out when Roush-Fenway Racing was forced to reduce their Sprint Cup program from five teams to four, and for a time McMurray wasn't sure where he'd end up.
The karting veteran found a home with the Concord, N.C.-based Earnhardt Ganassi team, and on Sunday McMurray became one of the sports world's most famous names with his win on the Daytona high banks. The World Karting Association congratulates Jamie on his first Daytona 500 victory, and thanks him for his continued support of WKA and the George Kugler / Bridgestone Manufacturer's Cup Series driven by Mazda.
McMurray's involvement in karting
McMurray began racing karts when he father, Jim, bought him a go-kart when he was 7 years old. He raced karts around the country in many different series, including sprint, road racing and oval-track, before moving to late-model stock cars and eventually the upper-echelons of NASCAR in 1999.
In the late 2000s McMurray practiced one of his father's karts at a Charlotte Motor Speedway practice session. Despite apprehensions about how much he'd enjoy returning to the seat of a sprint kart, McMurray found a rekindled love for the sport of karting and was once again hooked. He returned to the national karting scene in 2007 and now races select sprint events on open NASCAR weekends, including the WKA Manufacturer's Cup Series.
Last season McMurray raced two of the five Manufacturer's Cup races -- Daytona KartWeek 2008 and the Show Hauler Trucks Nationals New Castle (Ind.) Motorsports Park in August. Competing in the TaG division, McMurray shined at New Castle. He finished fifth in TaG Final 1 on Saturday and drove to a popular victory in Sunday's TaG Final 2, winning over the likes of Chris Wehrheim and 2009 TaG national champion Marco DiLeo.
This winter McMurray has spent some of his valuable off-season weekends racing karts. He recorded finishes of second and seventh in the Rotax and TaG divisions at the Daytona KartWeek Margay Sprint Championships and also raced in the PRI / CKI All-Stars Karting Classic in January.