UPDATE: AdventHealth announced today that former Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray will run the No. 40 AdventHealth Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, in the 2019 Clash at Daytona. The entry, in conjunction with Spire Motorsports, is the season-opening event of 2019 at Daytona Speedweeks Presented by AdventHealth.
In addition, AdventHealth and Chip Ganassi Racing also introduce the Human Innovation and Development Lab (HIDL) to focus on unique training to prepare their athletes both mentally and physically. The HIDL will be located at the Chip Ganassi Racing shop in Concord, NC. The HIDL is a human performance enhancement project that features tools and technology that the team uses to develop and improve the human performance of drivers and pit crew members.
NOTES OF INTEREST:
• Health Coverage: AdventHealth will have a tremendous presence at Daytona International Speedway (DIS) throughout all of 2019 Speedweeks as the presenting sponsor of Daytona Speedweeks presented by AdventHealth, The program covers all of the NASCAR season-opening racing action from Feb. 8, through the 61st running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 17.
· Daytona Success: McMurray has a long history of racing and winning at DIS, beginning with competition in go-karts. He has since experienced winning in nearly every type of event that he has competed in at the "World Center of Racing" including go-karts, Sports Cars and Stock cars. McMurray is one of only four drivers to have ever won the Daytona 500 and the Rolex 24 At Daytona, joining a list of racing legends that includes Mario Andretti, AJ Foyt, and Jeff Gordon.
· Familiar Friends: McMurray has enjoyed a partnership with AdventHealth (formerly known as Florida Hospital) for three years. AdventHealth's recent name change unites the entire network of nearly 50 hospitals, in nearly a dozen states with a focus on whole-person care. Sharing one vision, one purpose, and one future.
• David Banks, Chief Strategy Officer, AdventHealth: "Jamie McMurray has proven to be very successful at Daytona International Speedway, having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Daytona 500 and the Coke Zero Sugar 400. As a person, Jamie McMurray aligns very well with the AdventHealth brand. He is a family man, into an active healthy lifestyle, wholesome, and an all-around good guy."
· Jamie McMurray, Driver No. 40 AdventHealth Chevrolet Camaro ZL1: "I am looking forward to getting back in the car at Daytona and to have AdventHealth onboard with us for this race. We have had a great relationship with everyone at AdventHealth over the last several years. It means a lot to have them partner with us on this special event. With everything that they have going on at Daytona International Speedway throughout Speedweeks, both as presenting sponsor and with their Fan Injector, I am very happy to be a part of it all".
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Original post 1-23-2019: Jamie McMurray will start Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway by competing in the Advance Auto Parts Clash, driving the No. 40 Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet adorned with an AdventHealth livery.
"We've had a relationship with Florida Health, now AdventHealth, for the past three years," McMurray said in a telephone interview. "We've done a lot with them and they sponsor a fan injector at the Speedway.
"It's awesome they are going step up their partnership with the race team and be a part of the Clash. It's a super cool car. I'll be using the number that I started my NASCAR Cup Series career with."
AdventHealth, which has its corporate office in the Orlando area, is using Speedweeks as a launch pad for its new name. The health care company is title sponsor for Speedweeks.
[David Banks, who is AdventHealth's chief strategy officer] said in addition to sponsoring McMurray for the Clash, the company will be a Ganassi associate sponsor.
AdventHealth and CGR are taking it a step further. The health care company is partnering with Ganassi on the team's Human Innovation & Development Lab (HIDL), which will focus on unique training to prepare drivers both mentally and physically.
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