UPDATE: Jamie McMurray hasn't decided if he will race the 2019 Daytona 500 for Chip Ganassi Racing, but he has made peace with his NASCAR career essentially being over.
And because of the advice of his peers and his own experience with pursuing a ride, he's ready for it.
"I'm really fortunate that I wasn't the first of all my friends, so I've talked to (Greg) Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Casey Mears last week," the No. 1 Chevrolet driver said Friday after practice at Homestead-Miami Speedway. "I've talked to a lot of drivers that have recently went through it, and everyone's story is exactly the same. And so if I feel the way that they do, I'm looking forward to three to four races into next year."
McMurray said he will make a decision "soon" on Ganassi's offers to drive in a third car for the team at Speedweeks 2019 and take on a management role with the organization (similar to that of Dario Franchitti with Ganassi's IndyCar team), but there's "just a lot of other things that I'm going through trying to figure out that I can't say, but I hope I can soon." He said he is considering other racing opportunities (though virtually ruled out sports cars).
But if he races at Daytona International Speedway, that likely will be it in NASCAR's premier series for McMurray, who is wrapping up his 16th full season (and his second stint at Ganassi, where he has driven Cup from 2002-05 and '10-18).
"I had opportunities to drive, they just weren't opportunities I wanted," he said. "I was fighting for one of the (open) rides. There was a point that honestly I looked at it, and I was like, 'I don't know that I want them to call me back.'
McMurray said he probably will reveal his future plans on social media.
Original post 11-6-2018
McMurray likely to run Daytona for Ganassi. https://twitter.com/a_s12/status/1059831965610860545?s=21— Adam Stern (@A_S12) November 6, 2018