Jamie McMurray has been offered an off-track leadership role at Chip Ganassi Racing after next year’s Daytona 500, according to reports.
“I love Jamie McMurray and I want him on my team,” Chip Ganassi was quoted as saying by The Associated Press. “In a Dario role, though.”
Long-time Ganassi IndyCar driver Franchitti moved into a mentoring position within the team following his enforced retirement in late 2013. Ganassi said that McMurray, who needs to win at the Brickyard to earn a spot in the playoffs, has not yet indicated whether he will accept the offer to remain with CGR or look for a full-time seat elsewhere.
News of Ganassi’s plans for McMurray also serves as confirmation that the No.1 entry is available for next season. Kurt Busch is among the names that have been linked to the ride, but Ganassi would not be drawn on whether he is in talks with the 2004 Cup champion.
McMurray has won four races since joining Ganassi in 2010, including his debut with the team at that year’s Daytona 500. His most recent trip to victory lane was at Talladega in 2013.