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Matthew Merrill McMurry (born November 24, 1997) is an American racing driver from Phoenix, Arizona, U.S. In 2014 he became the first junior development driver for Dyson Racing[1] and a few months later at the age of 16 years and 202 days old became the youngest driver to participate in and finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans.[2] He is a second generation driver and son of Chris McMurry, LMP2 class winner of the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2005.

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CareerEdit

McMurry has been racing cars since age 14, competing in Formula Skip Barber, U.S. F2000 Championship, Formula Bondurant, Prototype Lites and the European Le Mans Series. Through age 16 he has total 71 car races with an 8% winning, 21% podium position and 10% fastest lap rate.[3] Prior to racing cars, he raced in karting from age of 5-12, mostly locally in Arizona.

24 Hours of Le Mans (2014)Edit

After back-to-back fourth-place finishes in the 2014 European Le Mans Series at Silverstone and Imola, McMurry was asked to join American Chris Dyson and Englishman Tom Kimber-Smith for the 82nd 24 Hours of Le Mans in the No. 42 LMP2 class entry by Greaves Motorsport from Peterborough, England.

The entry qualified 19th overall and 10th in class. When McMurry was handed the car by Kimber-Smith at about the 43 minute mark in the race, he became the youngest driver to ever participate in the race, breaking the record held by Mexican Ricardo Rodriguez and set 55 years earlier in 1959. Rodriguez was 17 years and 126 days old at the time.

After a 60+ minute pit stop during the 20th hour, the team finished the race 25th overall and 11th in class, having run over 2,600 miles. McMurry broke the record for youngest to finish the race, a mark previously set by American Gunnar Jeannette in 2000 at the age of 18 years and 44 days old.[4]

StatisticsEdit

IMSA Cooper Tires Prototype LitesEdit

Year Team 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2013 Performance Tech RAM
6
RAM
5
COA
5
COA
18
RAT
6
RAT
12
14th 48
Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2014 JDC Motorsports SEB
23
SEB
5
KAN
13
KAN
9
WGI
6
WGI
13
MOS
17
MOS
8
RAM
19
RAM
2
VIR
3
VIR
2
RAT
1
RAT
12
6th 121

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014   Caterham Racing   Tom Kimber-Smith
  Chris Dyson
Zytek Z11SN-Nissan LMP2 329 25th 11th
2017   Algarve Pro Racing   Mark Patterson
  Vincent Capillaire
Ligier JS P217-Gibson LMP2 330 32nd 15th

Asian Le Mans SeriesEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 Rank Points
2016-17 Algarve Pro Racing ZIC
2
FUJ
BIC
2
SPG
9th 36

European Le Mans SeriesEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2014 Greaves Motorsport SIL
4
IMO
4
RBR
6
CPR
10
EST
7
7th 38
2017 Algarve Pro Racing SIL
12
MON
12
RBR
13
CPR
8
SPA
12
ALG
11
20th 4.5

IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar ChampionshipEdit

PrototypeEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
2015 Michael Shank Racing DAY
5
ATL
9
18th 50
2018 Spirit of Daytona Racing DAY
20
SEB
12
LBH
DNE
MDO
DNE
DGP
13
WGI
CTP
RAM
WLS
ATL
25th* 48*

Season in progress*

Prototype ChallengeEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 Rank Points
2015 BAR1 Motorsports WGL
3
ELK
5
11th 116
2015 JDC-Miller Motorsports MOS
3
AUS
5
11th 116
2016 BAR1 Motorsports LGA
6
WGI
7
MOS
6
LIM
4
ELK
5
AUS
4
10th 138

Grand Touring DaytonaEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 Rank Points
2016 Park Place Motorsports DAY
17
SEB
17
WGI
8
ATL
12
21st 74
2017 Park Place Motorsports DAY
24
SEB
6
WGI
8
ATL
3
30th 85*

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ New Junior Development Program Archived 2014-09-01 at Archive.today, Dyson Racing, March 10, 2014
  2. ^ American Teen Sets Record for Youngest at Le Mans, June 15, 2014
  3. ^ Matt McMurry on DriverDB.com, Accessed September 20, 2014
  4. ^ Video of Youngest Participant, June 14, 2014

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