In the last few years of NASCAR on Fox, you’ve been hearing a fairly new announcer’s voice during the race day. Former NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray decided to trade in his full-time driving position with Chip Ganassi Racing to join on with Fox Sports as their newest analyst following the 2018 season.
McMurray has had quite the racing career since he first debuted on the NASCAR circuit back around 2000. With over 18 years in the NASCAR Cup Series under his belt, he attained seven wins and 168 top-10 finishes out of 583 series race starts. He also racked up another eight wins in the Xfinity Series, and one more in the Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series. Some of his greater achievements behind the wheel included becoming the Winston Cup Rookie of the Year in 2003, winning both the Daytona 500 and the Brickyard 400 in 2010, the Rolex 24 in 2015, and the All-Star Race in 2014.
Born in Joplin, Missouri, McMurray has come quite a way from his go-kart days, so I couldn’t think of a better person to be a member of the Fox announcer’s booth. Below we’ll take a look at the transition he made, and where you can expect to see him these days.
Jamie McMurray’s Post-Racing Career
In 2018, McMurray hung up his racing suit and the keys to his Chevrolet race car to move on to the next chapter of his career. His last race took place at Daytona International Speedway. Of course, when you still want to be around the raceway without actually driving the car, you move into broadcasting, and that’s exactly what McMurray did. In fact, plenty of former drivers have gone down this same pathway of broadcasting after their driving careers, including Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Gordon, Clint Bowyer, and so many others.
McMurray signed on with Fox Sports after leaving CGR in 2018, and he moved into broadcasting with Fox NASCAR by 2019. You may have seen him appear on the NASCAR Raceday pre-race show at Charlotte Motor Speedway along with the NASCAR Race Hub midweek news show. This wasn’t his first time as an analyst, though, as he filled in spots on the announcer’s booth before on occasional Xfinity Series races before. After being told he was made for television, he wasn’t exactly convinced. While unsure at first, McMurray stated that after getting his feet wet with his first show on Fox, he enjoyed being in front of the camera.
For 2020, on top of being a weekly analyst and doing pre-race shows, he’s added even more to his schedule by making his Xfinity race broadcasts much more frequent since the big return after the long break during the COVID-19 pandemic. I think it’s safe to say we’ll see him begin to join more and more races as an announcer as the years go on.
The experience that he holds allows him to provide a unique and interesting perspective on the upcoming racing action, and what everyone should be looking out for. One thing is for sure, if he handles this job anything like how he raced on the track, this is only just the beginning of a positive and beneficial second wave of Jamie McMurray’s career.