CONCORD, N.C. – Spire Motorsports, through a partnership with Chip Ganassi Racing, will field an entry for Jamie McMurray in the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.
McMurray, the 2010 Daytona 500 winner, will drive the No. 40 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in what may be his final race in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series. It will be his 17th start in the Daytona 500.
“The Daytona 500 is the one race that every NASCAR driver would want to win,” said McMurray, who recently announced he had joined FOX Sports as a NASCAR analyst. “For the rest of your life you get to be introduced or recognized as a Daytona 500 Champion. I’m excited to have the opportunity to potentially be a two-time winner of the race and it would mean so much to celebrate one more win with all of the great partners that have been with me for so many years.”
McMurray’s Daytona 500 car will carry sponsorship from three partners that have supported him for the last few years – McDonald’s, Bass Pro Shops and Cessna. Bass Pro Shops and McDonald’s have been on McMurray’s cars since 2010, while Cessna has been with him since 2013.
Spire Motorsports recently purchased the charter of the No. 78 Furniture Row Racing team, guaranteeing McMurray will start the Daytona 500 next month.
The 42-year-old racer has made 582 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series and has raced for Chip Ganassi Racing since 2010. He also raced for Ganassi from 2002 to ’05. It was recently announced that Kurt Busch would be taking over the No. 1 entry McMurray has driven for the last eight years.