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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Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified


FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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