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SportChip Ganassi Racing still plans to have ‘relationship’ with Jamie McMurray

21:30  19 december  2018
21:30  19 december  2018 Source:   nbcsports.com

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While Jamie McMurray will be an analyst for Fox Sports starting next year, he’s still expected to have a “ relationship ” with Chip Ganassi Racing when he’s “We’re planning on having a relationship with Jamie when he’s not working at Fox and that’s consistent with some of the things that Chip

Left unsettled amid Tuesday’s fanfare that anointed Kurt Busch as the new driver of Chip Ganassi Racing ’s No. 1 Chevrolet was the organization’s plan for Jamie McMurray , who has held the seat for the last nine seasons.

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While Jamie McMurray will be an analyst for Fox Sports starting next year, he’s still expected to have a “relationship” with Chip Ganassi Racing when he’s not taking part in his television duties.

Doug Duchardt, the Chief Operating Officer at Chip Ganassi Racing, discussed McMurray Tuesday on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio’s “SiriusXM Speedway.”

McMurray’s full-time Cup career ended this year after 16 seasons when he was replaced in the No. 1 Chevrolet by Kurt Busch. He was announced as joining Fox Sports last week.

“We’re planning on having a relationship with Jamie when he’s not working at Fox and that’s consistent with some of the things that Chip (Ganassi) has done, for instance with Dario Franchitti on our IndyCar side,” Duchardt said. “Jamie’s been an important part of the CGR family for a long time. Some of the great moments in Chip Ganasssi Racing history belong to Jamie.”

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Chip Ganassi wants McMurray to continue with CGR in some capacity. Franchitti has been an advisor to Ganassi and helped coach Ed Jones through the 2018 IndyCar season. “I think you have to look at Josh [Wise, stock car driver turned trainer] or look at Dario in our IndyCar team," said Ganassi .

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McMurray claimed five of his seven Cup wins for Ganassi, including the 2010 Daytona 500 and 2010 Brickyard 400. He also won the 24 Hours at Daytona for Ganassi’s sports car team.

“Jamie brings a lot of experience for sure from the NASCAR racing side,” Duchardt said. “But also from the sports car racing that he’s done, he’s left a foot print over with guys in the Indy shop, too, from doing the sports car races. It was interesting, when I would go to the IndyCar races and when I was at the 24 Hours of Daytona last year for my first race with Chip, is how they would speak glowingly of having Jamie around and how everyone enjoyed it when he was around. I think that’s the best thing I could say about Jamie. … When’s he’s around our team and he’s around our sponsors, he makes people feel good. He’s engaging and whatever track you’re at he makes it enjoyable.

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with Jamie McMurray , the veteran Chip Ganassi Racing driver who enters Saturday night’s race at Kentucky Speedway ranked 16th in the Sprint A: I don’t have any idea. I guess you just would look at statistics and that’s where you’d rank. It’s really hard to compare because a lot of it has to do with

“He can bring a lot to the team and to the sponsors to come and be at the track with us. I think that’s the best way to describe kind of how we’re looking at Jamie’s role and what he’s going to do with the team.”

Earlier this year Ganassi said he had offered McMurray the opportunity to compete in the Daytona 500 in a third Ganassi car before transitioning into a leadership role with the team. NASCAR announced last week McMurray was among the drivers eligible for the Advance Auto Parts Clash, the exhibition race held the week before the 500.

The team has not yet announced if McMurray will compete in the 500 or Clash.

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