CONCORD, N.C. (December 19, 2007) – Roush Fenway Racing announced today the 2008 schedule for Jamie McMurray and the No. 26 NASCAR Sprint Cup team. The No. 26 team will again be led by crew chief Larry Carter. In 2008, McMurray will split his seat time between the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion and the No. 26 IRWIN Industrial Tools Ford Fusion.
“I’m really proud to have both Crown Royal and IRWIN Industrials Tools as my primary sponsors again in 2008,” said McMurray. “When you first come to a new team, like I did two years ago when I joined Roush Fenway Racing, it not only takes time to learn the new guys on the team, but also the sponsors. Over the last two years, I’ve built some really strong relationships with both the guys at Crown Royal and IRWIN Industrials Tools.”
In his Crown Royal Ford Fusion, McMurray captured his third career pole at Infineon Raceway in June. His best finish in the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion came at Texas Motor Speedway in April where McMurray finished fifth.
“Over the last two years I’ve been able to do some really exciting things with both sponsors. Last season with Crown Royal, we were able to extend the “Safe Rides Home” program to three years straight in downtown Indianapolis. Also, this was the first year for the ‘Your Name Here Program.’ I remember the look on Jim Stewart’s face when he won and then again in Richmond; he was a celebrity by the end of the weekend,” said McMurray.
"We at Crown Royal are looking forward to another exciting season with Jamie McMurray behind the wheel of the No. 26 Crown Royal Ford Fusion," said Jim Lorenz, Senior Brand Manager, Crown Royal. "Not only are we unveiling a new Crown Royal Cask No. 16 paint scheme at the 50th anniversary of the Daytona 500, but we also are thrilled to continue our commitment to spreading the brand's 'Be A Champion. Drink Responsibly.' message, which reminds race fans to always make smart decisions when drinking, like assigning a designated driver."
IRWIN Industrial Tools was the primary sponsor for 11 races in 2007. In 2007, IRWIN returned to Victory Lane with McMurray at Daytona International Speedway. On July 7, McMurray broke his 166-race winless streak and captured his second Sprint Cup career victory after edging out Kyle Busch by .005 seconds. The finish is arguably one of the best finishes in NASCAR history.
"Everyone at IRWIN Industrial Tools is extremely excited to begin the 2008 Sprint Cup season,” said Eric Pinkham, Vice President of Motorsports, Newell-Rubbermaid. “Jamie and the entire No. 26 Roush Fenway Racing team continue to represent IRWIN exceptionally well both on and off the racetrack. It is a partnership we value tremendously."
“IRWIN Industrial Tools has been a great company to represent. This season we launched IRWIN’s ‘Ultimate Tradesman Challenge.’ The challenge was a chance for tradesmen from all over the United States to compete for a chance to win one million dollars, a Roush Performance Ford F-150, and a BBQ with me. It was a lot of fun competing with the guys at the regional events and then crowning a winner at Phoenix in the fall. It’s a program I look forward to having fun with again next season,” said McMurray.
In 2008, Crown Royal will be the primary sponsor for 27 Sprint Cup races, with IRWIN Industrial Tools the primary sponsor for 11 races.
Below is the lineup for the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup season:
2/9 - Daytona – Crown Royal Cask No. 16
2/17 – Daytona – Crown Royal Cask No. 16
2/24 - California – Crown Royal
3/2 - Las Vegas – Crown Royal
3/9 - Atlanta – IRWIN Industrial Tools
3/16 - Bristol – Crown Royal
3/30 - Martinsville – IRWIN Industrial Tools
4/6 - Texas – Crown Royal
4/12 - Phoenix – Crown Royal
4/27 - Talladega – Crown Royal
5/3 - Richmond – Crown Royal
5/10 - Darlington – Crown Royal
5/17 - All-Star – Crown Royal
5/25 - Charlotte – IRWIN Industrial Tools
6/1 – Dover – Crown Royal
6/8 – Pocono – IRWIN Industrial Tools
6/15 – Michigan – Crown Royal
6/22 – Sonoma – Crown Royal
6/29 – New Hampshire – IRWIN Industrial Tools
7/5 – Daytona – IRWIN Industrial Tools
7/12 – Chicago – Crown Royal
7/27 – Indianapolis – Crown Royal
8/3 – Pocono – Crown Royal
8/10 – Watkins Glen – Crown Royal
8/17 – Michigan – IRWIN Industrial Tools
8/23 – Bristol – IRWIN Industrial Tools
8/31 – California – Crown Royal
9/6 – Richmond – Crown Royal
9/14 – New Hampshire – Crown Royal
9/21 – Dover – IRWIN Industrial Tools
9/28 – Kansas – Crown Royal
10/5 – Talladega – IRWIN Industrial Tools
10/11 – Charlotte – Crown Royal
10/19 – Martinsville – Crown Royal
10/26 – Atlanta – Crown Royal
11/2 – Texas – Crown Royal
11/9 – Phoenix – IRWIN Industrial Tools
11/16 – Homestead – Crown Royal
Crown Royal is proudly owned by Diageo (Dee-AH-Gee-O), the world's leading premium drinks business with an outstanding collection of beverage alcohol brands across spirits, wines, and beer categories. These brands include Johnnie Walker, Guinness, Smirnoff, J&B, Baileys, Cuervo, Tanqueray, Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, Beaulieu Vineyard and Sterling Vineyards wines.
Diageo is a global company, trading in more than 200 countries around the world. The company is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE). For more information about Diageo, its people, brands, and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com.
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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.
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.