Jamie McMurray featured in Business Jet Traveler

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January 29, 2014 — The last thing you’d ever call NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jamie McMurray is a late bloomer. The Joplin, Missouri native began racing at age eight, won his first national go-kart title in 1986 at age 10 and added the World Karting Championship in 1991 at age 15. He started racing NASCAR late-model stockcars in 1992, moving up through the ranks over the next decade by competing in the ARCA RE/MAX Challenge series, the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

His prowess behind the wheel and friendly, easy-going manner off the track opened doors to many opportunities over the years. He represented the U.S. in a kart race against Russian boys in the Soviet Union in 1989, for example, and substituted for the injured Sterling Martin during the latter part of the 2002 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) season, winning at Charlotte [Lowe’s] Motor Speedway in just his second NSCS start. The next year he was named NSCS Rookie of the Year.

One of only approximately three-dozen drivers who currently compete in the full 36-race Sprint Cup schedule, McMurray routinely pushes his Earnhardt Ganassi Racing Chevrolet SS stockcar to speeds of more than 200 miles an hour on oval tracks and superspeedways across the U.S. He is one of only three drivers to win the
Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in the same season (2010). He will compete again at Daytona a few weeks after this issue goes to press.

After each race, he rushes home to North Carolina via a leased Citation X to spend time with his wife Christy, three-year-old son Carter and year-old daughter Hazel. Before recently taking off from one such event, he made time to chat with us at Phoenix International Raceway in Arizona.

Click here to read the Q&A with Jamie.

 

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