Stock Car Racing
Jack Roush was born in Covington, Ky., in 1942 and raised in Manchester, Ohio. He attended Berea College, where he majored in mathematics and earned a minor in physics. He graduated in ‘64 and immediately moved to Dearborn, Mich., after Ford Motor Company recruited him to work on the processing of car assembling and tooling.
During that time he began working on his Master’s Degree in Scientific Mathematics at Eastern Michigan University and became intrigued by engine development and motorsports.
He left Ford in ‘69 to begin acting on his ambition for speed. He formed a partnership that involved him strictly in drag racing during the early ’70s. He won the ‘73 National Hot Rod Association and ‘74 International Hot Rod Association Pro Stock World Championships while gradually expanding his business enterprise.
In the mid-’80s he turned to sports cars and became a fixture in the Sports Car Club of America and International Motor Sports Association divisions. Roush Racing won a combined 24 road race championships in those two series from ‘84-‘97, including 12 manufacturer’s crowns and capturing the sedan class of the 24 Hours of Daytona a remarkable 10 straight years. Overall, Roush Racing has registered 116 road-racing victories.
During that time Roush built a business empire, which now consists of three divisions—Roush Industries, Roush Performance and Roush Racing. Roush Industries is an engineering and prototype development company servicing the automotive and transportation industries. Roush Performance, the maker of high performance road cars and aftermarket performance parts, is the first specialty-vehicle company to combine track-proven race technologies with advanced automotive engineering; that division produces packages for Ford Mustangs and F-150 Trucks.
The company employs more than 1,800 people and operates more than 50 facilities in five states, as well as Mexico, England and Germany.
Trying to figure out where to start when talking about the organization’s success is difficult, especially when it’s coming off of its most memorable seasons in history. Matt Kenseth’s NASCAR Winston Cup championship enabled Roush to become only the third organization in NASCAR history to win titles in all three major divisions. Greg Biffle got the championship run started by winning the Craftsman Truck Series title in 2000 and then the Busch Series crown in ‘02. Roush Racing won the first Nextel Cup championship in ’05 with Kurt Busch.
Since starting his NASCAR operation in ‘88 with the hiring of Martin, car owner Roush has amassed 89 NASCAR Cup Series wins while increasing his stable of teams to five. In addition, his organization has registered 76 NBS triumphs and a record 37 CTS victories going into the ‘06 season.
The Roush roster of drivers is impressive with the veteran Martin leading the way in the Nextel Cup Series, along with standouts Kenseth, Biffle, Carl Edwards and newly acquired Jamie McMurray. Along with his current stable of Nextel Cup drivers, Roush boasts a high quality driver development program that is promoting NCTS driver Todd Kluever to the NBS in ’06.
While NASCAR might be the high-profile series for Roush Racing these days, the groundwork for that success can be directly traced to the efforts put forth in the early stages of the organizations development.