Jamie McMurray loves sports car racing, but not the noise


Large sports car races are oftentimes compared to releasing 1,000 bees from a hive or hornets from a nest.

It’s an incessant buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz from the motors and exhaust systems of the race cars that never seems to stop, be it in practice, qualifying or during a race.

While the sound may be an aural symphony at first, eventually it can be maddening for some folks who listen to it for hours upon end.

And when you’re at an endurance race like the Rolex 24 at Daytona, well, let’s just say that noise can sometimes get downright irritating.

NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray, who is competing for boss Chip Ganassi’s No. 02 team in the event at Daytona International Speedway, is a perfect example of that.

McMurray told The Associated Press Friday that while he loves competing in events like the Rolex, the resulting sound effects are something he could do without.

“We had a meeting last night in our motorhome with all the guys, and there were cars on the track practicing,” McMurray said. “There was a little moment of silence, and you could still hear the cars fairly clear in your head as we were in the motorhome. I yelled, ‘Stop! I hate that noise!’”

Because of the noise, I think it would be a fair assessment that McMurray has no plans to go full-time in sports car racing any time soon, like once his NASCAR career is over.

For him, maybe once or twice a year is just about what he can tolerate – especially when it comes to trying to sleep.

“When you go back to the bus and try to sleep, you can’t, because all you can hear is shifting and cars running,” McMurray said. “You listen to that for literally 24 hours – it about drives you crazy.”

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