Published on July 26th, 2008 | by Michael J Smith0
McMurray To Stay With Roush
ESPN is reporting that Jamie McMurray said that he would be with Roush Fenway Racing next season with Crown Royal as a sponsor after his qualifying lap at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
McMurray has been involved in several rumors including being headed to the fourth Richard Childress Racing team, sponsored by General Mills, or heading to Stewart Haas Racing.
Richard is looking for a driver and I’m somewhat flattered to have my name on the list that another owner would want you. But I will be in this car and not at Richard Childress Racing.
I’m surprised that McMurray is staying with Roush, if, in fact, he actually is staying. Because Roush Fenway Racing has to cut one team after the 2009 season, this doesn’t seem like a very smart move.
This silly season, there are a lot of competitive teams looking for drivers. With Roush re-signing Greg Biffle and Carl Edwards, and with Matt Kenseth being Matt Kenseth, that leaves David Ragan and Jamie McMurray vying for the last ride.
Do you honestly believe that Ragan is in jeopardy? I doubt it. That would mean, no matter how you cut it, McMurray is going to be out of a ride next season. So, why not move to another team while the iron is hot?
McMurray should consider other teams now, while there are open seats. You never know what next season may bring, but it would make more sense to negotiate now while the seats are available instead of being stuck next season.
I’m sure loyalty factors into the equation, but at the end of the day, you have to take care of number one.