It's pedal to the medal for 2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray at Daytona KartWeek

Jamie McMurray wins 2010 Faytona 500 / Headline SurferPhotos for Headline Surfer / Above, Jamie McMurray ziips through the turns Friday during practice sessions for go-kart enthusiasts of all ages at Daytona International Speedway. McMauurray is shown here at left during his celebration following his victory in the 2010 Daytona 500.

DAYTONA BEACH -- NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star and 2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray is enjoying the off-season by returning to his roots – karting.

The NASCAR driver is among the hundreds of entrants participating today and well into the New Year's holiday weekend on the 3.56-mile road course set up at Daytona.

McMurray, who drives the No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi Chevrolet in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, is a big-time go-cart fan - so much so that he builds his own chassis for the TAG (touch and go) class.

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star and 2010 Daytona 500 champion Jamie McMurray is enjoying the off-season by returning to his roots – karting. The NASCAR driver is among the hundreds of entrants participating today and well into the New Year's holiday weekend on the 3.56-mile road course set up at Daytona. McMurray, who drives the No. 1 Earnhardt-Ganassi Chevrolet in NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series, is a big-time go-cart fan - so much so that he builds his own chassis for the TAG (touch and go) class.

Practice started Friday with races scheduled for today and Sunday. Hundreds of karters from across the country will spend their holidays at Daytona International Speedway participating in WKA races on three different courses: the 3.56-mile road course, the sprint track located in Turns 3 and 4 and the quarter-mile dirt track outside Turns 1 and 2.

If You Go: Daytona KartWeek World Karting Association events at Daytona International Speedway.
Tickets for Daytona KartWeek can be purchased at Ticket Booth E located above the Turn 1 tunnel of Daytona International Speedway near Williamson Boulevard.
• A three-day weekend pass is available for $30; 
• A two-day pass is $25 (valid for today and Sunday);
• A single-day passes is $15 (valid for Sunday only);
Please note: Children ages seven and under are $20 for a three-day weekend pass, $15 for a two-day Saturday and Sunday pass, and $10 for a single-day Sunday pass.
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