CONCORD, N.C. (January 24, 2008) - Jamie McMurray, driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal® / IRWIN Tools Ford Fusion will not be present at the Lowe's Motor Speedway Media Tour this afternoon. It's not because McMurray is testing a racecar, or at a sponsor appearance, but serving his civic duty at the Iredell County Courthouse.
"I can't believe that I'm going to miss the media tour this year," said McMurray. "Instead of being the driver of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion, I'm Juror No. 7 at the Iredell County Courthouse, after being selected for jury duty earlier this week. So rather than joining my teammates at Roush Fenway Racing this afternoon, I'll be at the courthouse serving my civic duty.
"I'm looking forward to returning to Daytona in a couple weeks and hope to catch up with all the media when I get there. We have some really exciting things coming up with both Crown Royal and IRWIN Industrial Tools. The No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion will have a new look when we return to Daytona - we're running the Cask No. 16 paint scheme on it. It's a great looking car that I hope we can return to Victory Lane for Crown Royal."
The new paint scheme is intended to celebrate the recent unveiling of Crown Royal Cask No. 16™, a special blend of Crown Royal whisky, which is finished in rare Cognac casks.
About Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing is NASCAR's largest team operating 13 motorsports teams. Five in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with drivers Matt Kenseth, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards and David Ragan; four in the Nationwide Series with Kenseth, Biffle, Edwards, McMurray, Ragan, Erik Darnell and Colin Braun; and three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun and Joey Clanton; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.
About Crown Royal
Crown Royal, the number one selling whisky in the U.S. by value, has a tradition as long and distinctive as its taste. Specially blended to commemorate a grand tour of Canada made by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth of Great Britain in 1939, Crown Royal's smooth, elegant style reflects its aristocratic origins and is considered the epitome of Canadian whisky. For more information on Crown Royal, visit www.crownroyal.com.
About IRWIN Industrial Tools
IRWIN Industrial Tools' brand portfolio features user-preferred category leaders such as IRWIN®, VISE-GRIP® locking tools, MARATHON® circular saw blades, QUICK-GRIP® clamping tools, SPEEDBOR® flat bits, STRAIT-LINE® marking tools, UNIBIT® step drill bits and HANSON® taps and dies. For more information about IRWIN's line of hand tools and power tool accessories, call 1-800-GO-IRWIN or visit www.irwin.com.