Martinsville: Australian racer visits RFR team

MCMURRAY JOINED BY INTERNATIONAL DRIVER MARCUS MARSHALL AT MARTINSVILLE CONCORD, N.C. (March 27, 2008) -- There will not be just one IRWIN Industrial Tools driver at Martinsville Speedway this weekend, but two. Roush Fenway Racing driver, Jamie...

MCMURRAY JOINED BY INTERNATIONAL DRIVER MARCUS MARSHALL AT MARTINSVILLE

CONCORD, N.C. (March 27, 2008) -- There will not be just one IRWIN Industrial Tools driver at Martinsville Speedway this weekend, but two. Roush Fenway Racing driver, Jamie McMurray, who will pilot the No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion at Martinsville this weekend, will be joined by his Australian counterpart, Marcus Marshall. Marshall drives the No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Falcon in the V8 Supercars Series in Australia.

Marshall, who lives on the Gold Coast in Australia, will travel more than 9,300 miles to attend his first NASCAR race.

The two IRWIN Industrial Tools drivers have a lot more in common than what they may think. The pair are both sponsored by IRWIN Industrial Tools, both pilot the No. 26, both drive for Ford Racing, and both won Rookie of the Year in their respective series in 2003. Marshall won 2003 Rookie of the Year in the Australian Carrera Cup Championship, while McMurray was honored with the 2003 Sprint Cup Series award. This weekend, the two will get a chance to compare notes.

"I'm really looking forward to meeting Jamie McMurray and seeing the IRWIN Racing team as well as the Roush Fenway Racing operation," said Marshall. "It will be good to compare notes with Jamie on how he approaches his racing. Even though I raced Champ cars in the U.S. in 2005, running a NASCAR on a tight oval track like Martinsville is very different to what I've experienced."

Both McMurray and Marshall will help promote IRWIN Industrial Tools "Ultimate Tradesman Challenge" which has gone international in 2008. This year, participants from the United States, as well as Australia and New Zealand will compete for a chance to win $1.26 million dollars and a Roush Performance Ford F-150 truck. More information on the challenge can be found at www.irwinchallenge.com.

"It's pretty cool that I'll be able to meet my Australian counterpart this weekend in Martinsville," said McMurray. "Martinsville is great track for Marcus to come and visit. It's a lot different kind of track than what I think he is used to running on, but overall, I think he'll enjoy the weekend IRWIN Tools has planned for him. Not only will he visit the track this weekend, but I think they are taking him to the Roush Fenway shop for a behind-the-scenes look at our race team operation."

-credit: rfr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Jamie McMurray , Marcus Marshall
Teams Roush Fenway Racing