Carter Crew Chief for No. 26

Roush Racing announced today Larry Carter will serve as the crew chief for Jamie McMurray and the No. 26 Crown Royal / IRWIN Industrial Tools team. Carter, who has more than 12 years in the NASCAR industry, will lead the No. 26 team in the upcoming Nextel Cup season.

"It was a great opportunity when I first got the call from Jamie (McMurray)," Carter said. "I know last year the No. 26 team had their struggles, but I think with the team we have assembled for next year, we'll have everything in place to have a good season.

"I'm looking forward to starting this season with Jamie. Not only will I be working with Jamie, but with the other four crew chiefs here at Roush. Being able to put five heads together is what makes Roush such a great team."

In 2006, McMurray finished 25th in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup point standings with three top-five and seven top-10 finishes.

"I'm really excited to have Larry (Carter) over here as the crew chief," McMurray said. "I've known Larry for a long time and can't wait to get the 2007 season started with him. Larry is a smart guy and has a lot of years of experience under his belt. It's going to be to our advantage having Larry on top of the box making the calls next season.

"We've been working together this week in the shop looking at different options for the Daytona test next week and how we are going to make this No. 26 car faster. I'm really looking forward to having a better season than last year. Near the end of the year we didn't have any luck on our side. Hopefully that is all behind us and we can focus on the upcoming season."

McMurray and Carter will make their track debut next week at the first Daytona testing session.

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