Jamie McMurray - # 1 Mc Donald's Chevrolet, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, 4th season with team
Crew Chief - Kevin Manion : 10th season with team
What's new - Team will use Hendrick engines for 2013
Deep Dark Truthful Mirror
Three seasons ago Jamie McMurray appeared to be on the verge of superstardom in the NASCAR Sprint cup series. His first race reunited with team owner Chip Ganassi saw Jamie win NASCAR's most decorated race the Daytona 500(2010). He would follow up that popular win with victories at Indy & Charlotte(2010). After four lackluster season's driving for Jack Roush McMurray appeared to have found the recipe for success at the Sprint cup level with Earnhardt Ganassi racing. Since that moderately successful 2010 campaign things haven't looked so bright for the McMurray Earnhardt- Ganassi tandem. McMurray's last two seasons have been mired by plain old back luck. Within that time span this team hasn't looked anywhere near close to breaking back into the win column. Who's to blame for this dry spell ? Is it McMurray? Earnhardt Ganassi's cars? Crew chief Kevin 'Bono' Manion? Team owner Chip Ganassi once stated publicly that his team for lack of a better term just plain sucked. McMurray over his 12 year career at the cup level has proven he can find success given the right situation. Perhaps he needs to focus on what he can control, not whats out of his control the quality of the Earnhardt Ganassi cars. Both McMurray and his teammate at Earnhardt Ganassi Juan Montoya will have the luxury of racing with Hendrick engines under the hood of their Chevrolets in 2013. A change at the engine department will finally put to rest the questions regarding the quality of the EGR cars. Now with Hendrick power under the hood can McMurray return to the winner's circle? That solely will depend on how much this team has improved beyond the engine change. The impact of running with Hendrick power under the hood maybe felt early on in the season. McMurray has proven to be a capable restrictor plate racer over his 12 year career and we all know the reputation of Hendrick power at Daytona & Talladega. If EGR & McMurray experience another forgettable season in 2013 it might be high time for both parties to consider life beyond the hallow Daytona memories. A McMurray - Ganassi separation seems unlikely regardless of how they finish in 2013, but in this current fragile NASCAR market nobody is completely safe.
Bold Prediction- Crew chief Kevin Bono Manion is released at the half way point of the season.
The skinny- Predicted points finish -17th
Top 5 -Yes
Top 10 - Yes
Poles - No
Will make the chase -No
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