Jamie McMurray won the 2010 Daytona 500, in a banner year when he also won the Brickyard 400 for Earnhardt Ganassi Racing.
But did you know the now-Chip Ganassi Racing driver actually is something else beyond a driver?
McMurray was one of several drivers featured in Monday night’s “NASCAR Superlatives” segment on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.”
Here was Fallon’s take on McMurray:
Cannily, here was McMurray’s response:
Well played, Jamie. Well played.
The Fallon Tumblr page, linked here, also has a recap of the two tweets.
McMurray finished 14th in this year’s Daytona 500 after being caught up in the last lap accident after contact with Kevin Harvick.
So much of Danica Patrick’s fame can be traced to Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It’s where she became a household name 13 years ago when she became the first woman to lead the Indianapolis 500 and emerged as a transcendent athlete.
It’s where everything started. This Sunday, it’s where everything will end, too.
In her last warmup before starting the final race of her career, Patrick had a bumpy final practice Friday on Carb Day. She was eighth fastest, but her Dallara-Chevrolet was in the garage most of the session because of an electrical problem in the engine. After returning during the final 10 minutes of the session, Patrick’s No. 13 seemed to be OK.
“At the end of the day, these are things you’re actually glad for, because if this had happened Sunday, we would have been done,” she said. “I’m glad to get the issues out of the way early on. Overall, today felt good. We made some changes when I went out the second time, and I’m feeling good about starting seventh on Sunday.”
Though she has had her share of success – along with a fourth in her debut, there was a third in 2009 and six top 10s in seven starts — Patrick has learned well how to handle frustration at the 2.5-mile track, too.
Fuel mileage might have kept her from winning her debut, a pit collision ruined 2008, and an unstable setup made 2010 a wild ride.
For a review of her up-and-down history at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and her legacy in racing, watch the video essay above that ran during Friday’s NASCAR America Motorsports Special on NBCSN.