CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Parade.com Photo — Jamie McMurray, recently replaced in Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 1 Chevy by fellow NASCAR veteran Kurt Busch, has traded his driving gear for a microphone and inner-ear monitor as he joins the Fox Sports broadcast team as a NASCAR studio analyst for 2019.
McMurray spent some time in the studio as part of Fox’s NASCAR Race Hub show this fall, and worked in the booth as a race analyst for NASCAR Xfinity series races at Las Vegas and Pocono. Those experiences, McMurray said, were what convinced him that working in TV was something he wanted to do.
“As my driving career got closer to the end, I thought about doing TV but wasn’t sure until I did a couple of NASCAR RACE HUB shows at the end of this year,” McMurray said in the Fox Sports announcement. “I really enjoyed it more than I expected. It’s a whole new world, but that’s what I am most excited about – the new challenge and discomfort that comes with doing something completely out of my element.”
During his Cup career, the 2003 Rookie of the Year amassed seven wins, 63 top-five and 168 top-10 finishes, in addition to a victory in the 2014 NASCAR All-Star Race. McMurray is one of only three drivers to have won the DAYTONA 500 and the Brickyard 400 in a single season (2010). In addition, he and Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Kyle Larson formed the winning team for the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona. With the feat, McMurray etched his name in the record books as one of only four drivers to find Victory Lane for the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24. Racing legends A.J. Foyt, Mario Andretti and FOX NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon are the only other drivers to have won both races.
CREDIT: Fox Sports PR