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February 5, 2008 10:58 AM

Jamie McMurray: Daytona Preview

Team: No. 26 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Ford Fusion
Crew Chief: Larry Carter
Chassis: RK-542 Last outing: Brand-new Chassis; Daytona Testing – Jan. 2008
RK-549 Last outing: Brand-new Chassis; Daytona Testing – Jan. 2008

McMurray on racing at Daytona International Speedway in the Shootout:
"I'm really looking forward to the Shootout in Daytona for a lot of reasons. The last time we raced at Daytona; I won there, which gives the team a lot of confidence heading into the race. Also, I really think that all speedway races should be no more than 50 to 70 laps. The rest of the time the guys are just putting themselves into a position to really go for it at the end. We are showcasing a brand new paint scheme in Daytona. It's the No. 26 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Ford Fusion. The No. 16 isn't the car number, but actually the beginning of the postal code from the famous cognac region of France. Cask No. 16 is a new blend from Crown Royal.

“Aside from having a cool name, it's a great looking car that I'm really excited to run at both the Shootout and the Daytona 500. We had a pretty good test in Daytona a couple of weeks ago, so hopefully we can build on what we learned and put ourselves in a good position at the end of the race."

Crew Chief Larry Carter on racing at Daytona International Speedway in the Shootout:
“It’s hard to believe that we are starting the new season already. It really seems like we just finished things up in Homestead. I know the No. 26 Crown Royal team is excited about getting back to the track and especially when we get to run the Shootout. This year especially, with the new car, the extra track time is so valuable to not only the driver, but the team as well. It’s a warm up for the Daytona 500.

“We are taking a brand new car down there for the Shootout. We’ve run the car at Daytona testing last month and were pretty pleased with the performance we got out of it. Overall, it’s going to be interesting to see how these new cars react when you get them into a big draft. Hopefully, we’ll go out there, run a good, smart race, and be there at the end when it counts. Last July it came down to the last lap for Jamie, and hopefully, he’ll be in the same position in the Shootout.”

FAST FACTS

  • Jamie McMurray makes his third start in the Shootout after securing his third career pole at Infineon Raceway in June 2007.
  • McMurray is the defending race winner at DIS after winning by .005 seconds in the July 2007 race.
  • McMurray’s best finish in the Shootout came in 2006 when he finished eighth.
  • McMurray will pilot the No. 26 Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Ford Fusion. This is a special paint scheme promoting a new blend of Crown Royal

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