Roush Fenway Racing
ROUSH FENWAY RACING HISTORY
Over the last 37 years Roush Fenway Racing has been committed to winning on and off the track. Having won 31 championships and more than 390 races in drag racing, sports car and stock car racing, Roush Fenway Racing is one of NASCAR's premiere racing teams. With championships in NASCAR's top three divisions, Roush Fenway Racing exemplifies tradition and success.
Roush Fenway's winning tradition begins with Jack Roush. Born in Covington, Ky., in 1942, Roush was raised in Manchester, Ohio, a town of 2,500 people and has always been interested in how things work. He attended Berea College and received a mathematics degree with a minor in physics in 1964. He was recruited by Ford Motor Company that year and moved to Detroit to work on the processing of car assembling and tooling. Roush had always been fascinated with engines and was determined to work in that area. He then went on to obtain a Master's Degree in Scientific Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University in 1970, which he felt was needed in order to move into the engine research and development area.
While working for Ford, Roush was drawn to the company's extensive motorsports activities. Always the organizer, he soon surrounded himself with others who shared his enthusiasm for going fast in a drag racer. Roush joined a group called "The Fastbacks" in 1966.
Working for Ford provided steady income, but security and professional accomplishments were no substitute for going faster than the last time, and faster than anybody else at the racetrack. Roush left Ford in May of 1969 and began buying his own equipment to improve the racing performance of "The Fastbacks." It was not long before he was doing development work for other teams.
Roush worked at Chrysler as an engineer for one year before leaving in 1970 to start his own engineering business. As "The Fastbacks" disbanded that year, Roush began his next venture into racing by forming a partnership with Wayne Gapp. For the next five years, the duo attracted national attention by winning events and one championship each in NHRA, IHRA and AHRA with their Pro Stock racer.
Roush was involved exclusively in drag racing until 1978, and advanced in power classes to the NHRA Pro Stock division. He also managed to find time to provide engines for race teams in other sports, such as the Pike's Peak Hill Climb and various powerboat and oval track series.
In 1976, Roush ended his partnership with Gapp and formed Jack Roush Performance Engineering. Roush's success at the track and his reputation as a performance engineer helped deliver project after project to his doorstep. He stopped operating the drag racing team, but kept doing race business for other teams. Roush primarily built engines for other teams throughout the early 1980's.
In 1982 Roush formed a partnership with Zakspeed Racing to run GTX and GTP cars for Ford in the United States. Zakspeed had much success racing in Europe and wanted to partner with Roush for the US races. Some of their drivers included Kevin Cogan, Bobby Rahal and European superstar Klaus Ludwig.
In 1984, Roush returned to competition in the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) road racing series and a legend was born. In the first year, he won the manufacturer's title for Lincoln-Mercury. Since then, Roush Racing has claimed 24 national championships and titles in the two series, including 12 manufacturer's championships. Some of the drivers who helped Roush achieve his 119 road racing victories are Tommy Kendall, Wally Dallenbach, Jr., Scott Pruett, Willy T. Ribbs and former Craftsman Truck team general manager, Max Jones.
Roush has also earned 10 consecutive 24 Hours of Daytona sedan class championships. Some of the drivers who competed for Roush are Kendall, Dallenbach, Pruett, Mark Martin, Bill Elliott, Ricky Rudd, Kyle Petty, Ken Schrader, Robby Gordon, Pete Halsmer, Lyn St. James, as well as actor Paul Newman and Olympian Bruce Jenner.
In 1988, Roush moved south and expanded his racing business to include a NASCAR Winston Cup team with driver Mark Martin. During the team's inaugural season, Martin won one pole and earned 10 top-10 finishes. In October 1989, Roush and Martin claimed their first NASCAR Winston Cup victory at North Carolina Motor Speedway.
Beginning in 2007, the winning tradition continued under the new name of Roush Fenway Racing. Roush Racing and Fenway Sports Group (FSG) announced the formation of Roush Fenway Racing during Speedweeks in Daytona Beach, Fla. In an unprecedented relationship, Roush Fenway Racing brings together two championship organizations that have a distinguished track record of success in their respective businesses and sports.
Roush Fenway Racing combines two winning teams into a powerful new platform with the resources, expertise and horsepower needed to sustain an elite position in the increasingly competitive NASCAR landscape. Off the track, the Roush Fenway Racing focus will be to continue to service its world-class sponsorship base which includes such great companies as; Aflac, Diageo (Crown Royal), UPS, 3M, Ford Motor Company, Fastenal, Scotts, Copart, Con-way Freight, CitiFinancial, Valvoline and Coca Cola, whose sponsorships Roush Fenway supports with public relations, licensing, event marketing and account management services.
FSG supports Roush Fenway Racing's marketing and sales activities by using their experience, network of relationships, and powerful demographic base to add value to Roush Fenway Racing sponsors and help Roush Fenway Racing maintain an unsurpassed position among NASCAR teams on and off the track. Our unique alliance seeks a broader segment of loyal fans across North America and especially in the New England area.
Fenway Sports Group is a subsidiary of New England Sports Ventures, the parent company of the Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park, and the New England Sports Network. Fenway Sports Group has emerged to become a powerful force within the sports marketing industry, working in partnership with MLB Advanced Media, Boston College Athletics, The Deutsche Bank Golf Championship and other tier-one properties. With a network of relationships throughout the country, FSG specializes in sponsorship sales, property representation and strategic sponsorship consulting.
For 22 years Roush Fenway Racing has been a dominant force across NASCAR's three premier series. Roush Fenway has won five NASCAR championships (2000 – Truck Series with Greg Biffle; 2002 – Nationwide Series with Greg Biffle; 2007 – Nationwide Series with Carl Edwards; 2003 – Sprint Cup Series with Matt Kenseth; and 2004 – Sprint Cup Series with Kurt Busch) and captured their 100th Sprint Cup race with driver Carl Edwards in 2007 at Dover. The team also captured their 100th Nationwide win with Greg Biffle at Phoenix and his 50th Truck Series win at Michigan with Colin Braun, both in 2009.
The epitome of tradition, winning and success, Roush Fenway Racing is sure to be a staple in the NASCAR garage for many years to come.