Sources: McMurray, EGR work on deal

Updated: July 25, 2010, 7:14 PM ET
By David Newton | ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Jamie McMurray and Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing officials are in the process of negotiating a new deal for the Sprint Cup driver, sources for both sides said following Sunday's victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

McMurray signed a one-year deal when he came to EGR from Roush-Fenway Racing this season.

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Co-owner Chip Ganassi would not comment on negotiations, but when asked if he planned to sign the reigning Daytona 500 and Brickyard 400 champion to a long-term deal he quipped, "I'm going to fire him. What do you think?"

Sources said McMurray's primary sponsor, Bass Pro Shops, also is expected to return.

McMurray left what was then Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates for Roush-Fenway after the 2005 season. When NASCAR mandated Roush shrink from five teams to four for 2010, McMurray became the odd driver out.

"I know by my leaving it's made me appreciate the situation I'm in, the relationships I have with Chip, Felix and Teresa [Earnhardt]," McMurray said of his co-owners. "Honestly, I don't think it would be the same if I had not left.

"Our friendship is much more than it ever was before."

David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at dnewtonespn@aol.com.

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