Jamie McMurray stepped away from his full-time driver role with Chip Ganassi Racing at the end of 2018. Ganassi announced that McMurray would transition into a managerial role. Included in that transition is one last race, the 2019 Daytona 500.
Kurt Busch was announced at McMurray’s replacement in the #1 car and Kyle Larson is a stalwart at Ganassi meaning the team would have to field a third car. Now we know what number that car will be and that it will be with a new team.
McMurray will be driving the #40 for Spire Sports. You know, the management company that handles a number of NASCAR drivers and sponsors. Spire bought the charter from the now defunct Furniture Row Racing #78.
When the announcement was made that Spire acquired this charter they announced they would field the #77 car. No announcements have followed meaning the car will likely see a rotating cast of drivers like a KFC commercial. And now for the first race at least they will field the #40 car.
This move allows McMurray to have a guaranteed spot in the Daytona 500. It also allows Spire to start off the season competitively. Ganassi will likely supply the car with Hendrick Motorsports power. Spire could also be in play to form an alliance with Ganassi. The way NASCAR is
For now though an announcement is expected Friday.
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