Daytona would welcome Jaguars for preseason game

Daytona would welcome Jaguars for preseason game

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By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood III donned a No. 59 Jacksonville Jaguars jersey Tuesday and took the practice field for a little fun.

It might have been a business trip, too.

The Jaguars have made it clear they would like to regionalize their small-market franchise, which could lead to playing preseason games in neighboring cities like Daytona Beach, Gainesville and Orlando. And Chitwood wants to host a football game on Daytona's front-stretch infield.

Chitwood says the sides have "not had a formal discussion, but we've got some great relationships. There's always an opportunity."

Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M played games at Daytona in the early 1970s, and with the famed track undergoing a $400 million renovation, Chitwood believes the upgraded facility will land more sporting events in the future.

NASCAR Sprint Cup driver Jamie McMurray also joined the Jags during their OTA session. And here's something that stood out: When compared to NFL players, McMurray is small. But it also seemed like he had a blast.

McMurray tried his hands at a few different positions, but when he was asked what role he would play on a team, he replied, "Waterboy, probably."

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