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Q&A - Jamie McMurray

Jamie McMurray drives the #26 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing, which must pare its roster from five to four teams, per NASCAR mandate, at the end of the season.

McMurray talked to Reid Spencer about the possibility of switching organisations and about what he does to get away from racing. (Hint: It's more racing.)

Q:
Have you ever made a better save than the one you had at Las Vegas, when you slid sideways, kept your car off the wall and salvaged a ninth-place finish?

Jamie McMurray:
No. That kind of blew me away to be able to hang on to that and still finish - and finish pretty good. That save lasted four or five seconds, and that's a long time to try to save a car. It was a really long, long slide, with a lot of gas pedal work and a lot of steering input. That was pretty wild, and I was just shocked I was able to hang on to that.

Q:
How do you see the situation playing out at Roush Fenway at the end of the year, when Roush has to go down to four teams?

Jamie McMurray:
I don't know that any of the drivers (McMurray, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and David Ragan) would tell you that they want to be the one that's moved, but I don't think that anyone's really worried about it, either. I think it's going to play out based on sponsorship. I don't think that performance really has anything to do with it.

Q:
What's the biggest difference in style between your former owner, Chip Ganassi, and your current one, Jack Roush?

Jamie McMurray:
Jack is a lot more hands-on than Chip was. If there's an issue with the engine or the rear end - whatever the problem is with the racecar - Jack knows as much about that as anybody.

Q:
What do you do when you want to take a break from Sprint Cup racing?

Jamie McMurray:
I used to play golf, but since I got back into go-karting, that's what I do. I just go to my shop and mess around with that stuff.

Q:
Do you have any inclination to go to South America and race go-karts against some of the European stars, the way Jeff Gordon did in November?

Jamie McMurray:
I would love to go do that. I talked to Jeff about that. It's incredible how fast guys can go in a go-kart. Jeff was saying, “I'm a racecar driver, and I'm over a second a lap off the pace”. It's remarkable what those guys are able to do in karts.

by Reid Spencer/Sporting News


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