2010 Daytona 500 Jaime McMurray on the rush of Rolex 24

2010 Daytona 500 Jaime McMurray on the rush of Rolex 24

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -

Racing champions from the past and future are wowing the fans at the Daytona International Speedway.  They are gathering for the Rolex 24, which starts Saturday at 2 p.m. ET and is airing, in part, on FOX 35.

Drivers from other series, such as NASCAR, like to come over and participate in the race as teams. We caught up with 2010 Daytona 500 Jaime McMurray on a picture-perfect Friday afternoon, as racers gathered for a photograph. We asked him about his best memories at the track.

"The Daytona 500 is definitely one.  I have had a lot of good memories," he said.

We also wanted to know how he compares NASCAR to road racing.

"Everything is different, from being on an oval and the cars are different; there is a big discrepancy in the classes and speed.  There is a lot of passing and focus to run the car."

And what does he think about racing for 24 straight hours?

"It's a lot of fun, it's tiring and takes days to recover!"

McMurray will be part of a team fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing.  In the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Riley prototype, he is joined by Indy Lights champion and Rolex newcomer Sage Karam, Scott Pruett, and Memo Rojas. 

McMurray will attempt to become only the third driver to win both the Rolex 24 and the Daytona 500, a feat previously accomplished by racers Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt.


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