So what does one do in the days after tumbling multiple times at Talladega Superspeedway?
Go for a ride.
Not like what Jamie McMurray took a week ago in Cup practice at Talladega, mind you. A different kind of ride.
He went on a 60-mile bike ride Wednesday that featured 8,000 feet of climbing.
“It’s crazy to have a wreck that is that spectacular to watch and that many flips and tumbles and I really didn’t even have a bruise on my body,’’ McMurray said Friday at Dover International Speedway. “I got to look at the car on Monday and it is amazing how much the roll cage was smashed in, but then how everything around me was still perfect.
“I actually got our whole fab shop and the guys together on Tuesday when I was at the shop to thank everyone. I feel like a lot of times we get our team together to thank for performance and I told them, I’m like this is a completely different meeting: I am thanking you for keeping me safe. … When you have a wreck like that, you are super appreciative of all the attention to detail that NASCAR and the teams put into the cars.”
McMurray also exchanged friendly texts with Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Scott Dixon, who competes in IndyCar and had a spectacular crash in last year’s Indianapolis 500.
“He sent me a text to ask if I was okay,’’ McMurray said. “I sent him the laughing emoji back. ‘I’m like ‘I have nothing on you.’ ”
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An executive from Chip Ganassi Racing said Thursday night that the team no longer is in discussions with Danica Patrick to have her drive for the team in either the Daytona 500 or Indianapolis 500.
Steve Lauletta, president of Chip Ganassi Racing, made the comments on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio’s “Dialed In’’ show.
“We’re not talking any longer,’’ Lauletta said. “I think it would have made sense, and we did have conversations if she wanted to run in both races, the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, and ultimately we couldn’t come to a solution that worked for both of us.
“We’re going to stay focused on the task at hand … getting (Jamie McMurray) and (Kyle Larson) in Cup and the 42 in Xfinity into Victory Lane as much as we can with the hopes of winning a couple of championships. The same on our IndyCar program. We have got two cars that were testing yesterday in Sebring. We’re going to stay focused on that rather than put another temporary effort together and not doing it up to the standards that we would want to, so I don’t think you’ll see that happening with us in 2018.’’
Patrick announced in November that she planned to finish her driving career by racing in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 this year. Ganassi was viewed as one of Patrick’s best options to compete in both races since it competes in both NASCAR and IndyCar. She said earlier this month on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio that finding a ride for both races is “taking longer than I’d like it to take, I’ll be really honest.’’
Asked if he thought Patrick would end up with a ride, Lauletta told SiriusXM NASCAR Radio:
“Ultimately I think she will. She has been fairly successful in some of the races that she’s run at that place. She knows her way around. There are teams that run just the Indianapolis 500 because of the size of the event itself and the history of it. I think that they’ll be able to put something together and certainly wish them luck. I think it would be great for the sport of IndyCar racing to have her come back and run the Indianapolis 500 from an exposure standpoint and people wanting to tune in, and hopefully it will be to see (Ganassi drivers) Scott Dixon or Ed Jones win it while she’s running around behind us.’’
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