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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Porsche pulls GTLM cars from Mid-Ohio because of COVID-19 positives

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Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.

Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.

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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.

“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.

“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”

The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.

Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.

That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.