Jamie McMurray Wins Daytona 500


For Jamie McMurray, a fresh start with an old team owner was all that he needed to score the biggest victory in his career — winning the Daytona 500.

Behind team owner Chip Ganassi, McMurray emerged as the victor from one of the craziest races in Daytona 500 history.

“I can’t really put into the words the way it feels,” McMurray said. “It’s like a dream come true. It really is. As a kid growing up, this is what you dream of being able to win the Daytona 500. For me to be in this position — where a few months ago I did not have a ride — and for Chip Ganassi to welcome me back into his house, I can’t pay them back enough.”

McMurray’s victory makes Ganassi only the second-ever team owner to win the Indianapolis 500 and Daytona 500, joining Roger Penske.

“When I think of how I got into racing with all of our IndyCar success, there was always a question if our NASCAR team was up to the task,” Ganassi said. “Hopefully, this win validates that. I’m happy for everyone on this team because they can take stock in this win. I’m really honored to be sitting up here with this win.”