The current off-season allows many NASCAR drivers to spend much-deserved downtime with their families and reflect on the year that was. But for NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray, thoughts have already turned to 2019.
In an announcement shared on his Twitter page on Wednesday (Dec. 12,) McMurray is now set to join the NASCAR broadcast team as an analyst for FOX Sports for next season. “Excited to join the NASCAR on FOX team in 2019, and looking forward to this next chapter of my career,” he wrote alongside the official announcement from FOX Sports. “Thanks to all who made it possible!”
— Jamie McMurray (@jamiemcmurray) December 12, 2018
“As my driving career got closer to the end, I thought about doing TV but wasn’t sure until I did a couple of NASCAR Race Hub shows at the end of this year,” McMurray added in a press release. “I really enjoyed it more than I expected. It’s a whole new world, but that’s what I am most excited about – the new challenge and discomfort that comes with doing something completely out of my element.”
Fans will recall that McMurray was replaced as the driver of the Chip Ganassi Racing No. 1 Chevrolet earlier this month. However, it still is a bit unclear if McMurray has in fact raced his final race with the team.
“There’s a good possibility that I could be in the Daytona 500 for most likely my last race of my career, or at least the foreseeable future,” McMurray said Wednesday (Dec. 12) on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio. “As of right now, it’s not done yet. But I think there’s a really good chance you’ll see that happen.”