Jamie McMurray returned from the drivers' meeting Sunday at Charlotte Motor Speedway just in time to see the finish of the Indianapolis 500.
When Ganassi Racing's Dario Franchitti won the Indianapolis 500 Sunday afternoon, McMurray became part of an unprecedented double for team owner Chip Ganassi. McMurray won the Daytona 500 for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing in February, and Franchitti's win marked the first time a team owner had won both races in the same year.
“It's remarkable,” McMurray said before driver introductions for Sunday's Coca-Cola 600. “Honestly, all I could think of is that we almost won the Daytona 24-hour race also.”
Ganassi's team of Max Papis, Scott Pruett, Memo Rojas and Justin Wilson finished second in the Rolex 24 at Daytona by 52 seconds.
“It's amazing what Chip's organization has been able to do this year,” McMurray said. “Certainly, the IRL side has never had a down year. The Cup side has had some down years, and right now, it's doing really well. It's really awesome what Chip has been able to put together.”
McMurray saw the start of the 500 before the drivers' meeting but didn't begin to get excited by the prospect of a Franchitti win until he returned to his motor home.
“I came back from the drivers' meeting, and there were just a few laps left, and he was leading, and they didn't know if he was going to be able to make it on fuel,” McMurray said. “Then, I think, to see Chip getting interviewed and walking down pit road—I'm just really happy for Chip. He's become such a good friend of mine. He's not only my owner, but we've become really good friends—really close. And I'm as happy for him as my owner as I am for him as my best friend. It's really cool for him and this organization.”