Two-time Daytona winner Jamie McMurray to run AdventHealth car in 2021 Daytona 500
Eleven years after winning his only Daytona 500, Jamie McMurray will look to add another Harley J. Earl Trophy to his collection.
On Tuesday, Chip Ganassi Racing announced that McMurray, a current NASCAR on Fox analyst, will pilot the No. 77 Chevy in next month's race.
It will be McMurray's first Daytona 500 since 2019, when he also ran a one-off race after retiring from full-time racing in 2018.
McMurray's entry comes from Spire Motorsports as AdventHealth, a current team partner with Chip Ganassi Racing, sponsors a car in the NASCAR Cup Series season opener for the second consecutive season.
Ross Chastain, who will compete in the CGR No. 42 Chevy full-time this season, drove the AdventHealth entry in last year's Daytona 500.
“It doesn’t get any better than the Daytona 500, and I am so excited to have the opportunity, thanks to AdventHealth, to run this race one more time," McMurray said. "I have enjoyed my time out of the car as an analyst covering NASCAR, but nothing can replace the feeling of actually racing.
"It’s great to be partnering with a company like AdventHealth for this race. We share a lot of the same goals about health and fitness, and I’m looking forward to using this opportunity to talk to race fans about the importance of staying healthy and feeling whole."
McMurray won the 2010 Daytona 500 with a last-lap pass of Greg Biffle. The 2010 race also featured two lengthy red flag periods due to a pothole emerging between Turns 1 and 2.
McMurray, now 44, had seven wins over an 18-year Cup career, including two at Daytona. He also won the 2007 Pepsi 400 in dramatic fashion, beating Kyle Busch to the line by just .005 seconds — one of the closest finishes in NASCAR history.
McMurray led six laps and finished 22nd when he drove the Spire Motorsports entry in the 2019 Daytona 500.
"We have enjoyed a wonderful relationship over the years with Jamie, who is so well-respected as a person and a driver, and it is exciting to see him return to racing," said David Banks, AdventHealth Chief Strategy and Organizational Transformation Officer.
"The Daytona 500 is one of the premier events in all of sports and having the AdventHealth car on the track for this iconic race with Jamie behind the wheel is truly special."