Indianapolis: Jamie McMurray preview

FAST FACTS: * In five starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, McMurray has produced one top-five and two top-10 finishes. * McMurray's average finish in five starts at IMS is a 17.2, which ironically is also his average starting ...

FAST FACTS:

* In five starts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, McMurray has produced one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

* McMurray's average finish in five starts at IMS is a 17.2, which ironically is also his average starting position.

* On Thursday night, McMurray will lead a fleet of eight Crown Royal Ford Fusions in downtown Indianapolis to help promote Crown Royal's, "Be a Champion. Drink Responsibly." campaign. The Safe Rides Home program has provided rides for hundreds of patrons and NASCAR fans since its inception in 2003.

* In five races, McMurray has led 22 laps at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Jamie McMurray
Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion

"Indy is one of the best tracks that we visit each year. The last couple of years, I haven't faired very well, but it is a track where I really like to race. Last year, our day ended early when we were caught in a wreck in turn one. There is so much history and tradition at Indy that it's one of the most exciting races that we run, and certainly one on every drivers' list that they would like to win. We are taking a brand new car this weekend, and with all engineering support from the guys at the shop, as well as from Ford, we should have a pretty good Crown Royal Ford Fusion.

"Prior to running the race this weekend, we will once again be hosting Crown Royal's 'Safe Rides Home' in downtown Indianapolis on Thursday evening. I've been a part of this for the last two years, and it's always been a lot of fun. Crown Royal does so much to promote their 'Be a Champion. Drink Responsibly.' campaign, and this is just another effort they support. It should be fun driving Crown Royal branded Ford Fusions through downtown Indianapolis on Thursday evening."

Crew chief Larry Carter on racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway:
"After a much needed off-weekend, I know all the guys on the No. 26 Crown Royal team are ready to get back to the track. The last six or seven weeks, we've had some really fast cars, probably the fastest cars that we've had all season. With that said, it's exciting to be going to Indy this weekend, a track that Jamie has had some success at the in the past. We are taking a brand new car this weekend to Indy, which in the past, you would typically have to test somewhere, or shake down somewhere, but with how far we have come with engineering, we can put it through all the simulators and feel really confident with the car before it even leaves the shop. If we can avoid the trouble this weekend, it should be a great weekend for the No. 26 Crown Royal team."

Indianapolis Event with McMurray:

NASCAR Driver McMurray Wheels Taxi as Part of Crown Royal Designated Driver Program

For the fourth consecutive year, Crown Royal will celebrate one of motorsports famed cities by providing Indianapolis residents and bar patrons an alternative ride home. As part of Crown Royal's signature "Safe Rides Home" designated driver program, NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray will hit the streets of Indianapolis to provide free, safe rides home for adult bar patrons. McMurray will get behind the wheel of replica No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusions on Thursday, July 24 from 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. to kickoff the program, which will be available both Thursday and Friday evenings. The program is set to take place at the corner of Jackson Place and S. Meridian on Thursday, July 24 from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. EDT, and at the corner of Broad Ripple Ave., and Guilford St. on Friday, July 25 from 10 p.m. - 1 a.m. EDT. Special No. 26 Crown Royal taxi stands will accept "fares" on both nights. In total, eight Crown Royal Ford Fusions will be in rotation both nights and residents within a 20-mile radius of the signup location that are 21 years of age or older are eligible.

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray