CONCORD, N.C. (AUGUST 6, 2008) - For the first time ever, Roush Fenway Racing driver Jamie McMurray will be on the other side of the flag stand for the start of a race. Typically, it’s McMurray, piloting his No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion coming to the green flag at speeds of more than 150 miles per hour. This Friday evening, however, McMurray will be the honorary starter for the Crown Royal 200 Grand-Am race at Watkins Glen International. Along with honorary starter duties, McMurray will also present the trophy to the winning driver in Victory Lane.
“I’ve never been on that side of the flag stand,” said McMurray. “This will be a first time waving the flag to start a race. Crown Royal does so much around Watkins Glen and in the Grand-Am Series, that it was a perfect fit when they asked me to be the honorary starter for the Crown Royal 200. I’m really looking forward to Friday night. It should be a great experience.”
In five starts at the 2.45-mile road course, McMurray boasts one top-five, and has completed all but one lap in his career at Watkins Glen.
“After what happened at Watkins Glen last year, and then almost a repeat this year at Sonoma, I think everyone on the No. 26 Crown Royal team is looking forward to returning to the road course. Last year we were very competitive in each of the practices, and then in the race, we had a top-five car, but were taken out early. I’m looking forward to a great weekend for this No. 26 Crown Royal team.”
The Crown Royal 200 Grand-Am race is scheduled to start at 6:30pm on Friday evening, and will air at 8:00pm on SPEED.
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 Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing operates 13 full-time motorsports teams, five in NASCAR Sprint Cup 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; three in the Craftsman Truck Series with Darnell, Braun, Kvapil, Bobby East and John Wes Townley; and one in the ARCA RE/MAX Series with Ricky Stenhouse, Jr.