Jack Roush

Born in 1942 in Covington, Kentucky, Jack Ernest Roush grew up fascinated in the mechanics and inner workings of how things manuevered. He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics while in Berea, Kentucky in 1964 and soon relocated to Detroit to work for Ford Motor Company. He then went on to earn a Master’s Degree in Physics from Michigan University in 1970.

Jack became involved in the extensive world of motorsports that Ford was a part of and joined a car group called “The Fastbacks”. He then left Ford in 1970 and partnered with Wayne Gapp where the two gained national attention by winning various events and each one a championship in the NHRA, IHRA and AHRA.

Roush Performance Engineering was founded in 1976 and took off with Roush’s vast knowledge of performance engineering. A racing team was started and they continued to build engines for other teams’ vehicles throughout the late 1970’s and 1980’s.

In 1984 Roush returned to racing series of Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). He gained 24 national championships and titles and won a total of 119 races. He worked with well-known racers such as Tommy Kendall, Scott Pruett and Willy T. Ribbs and later with Mark Martin, Bill Elliot, Ricky Rudd and Kyle Petty, actor Paul Newman and Olympic star, Bruce Jenner.

In 1988, he launched his first NASCAR in Cup team using driver Mark Martin where they earned the NASCAR Cup victory at North Carolina Motor Speedway, making it 116 to date. This was what started a very successful NASCAR partnership, one that went goes down in the record books.

Roush’s teams have accumulated 270 checkered flags, 274 NASCAR wins, more than 1000 top-fives and over 2000 top 10s, 59,000 laps and over a million miles.

In 2005 Jack partnered up with Doug Yates to produce Roush Yates Engines based in Moorseville, NC. This shop produces all the power for Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, as well as the several other teams in Sprint Cup, Nationwide, Truck and the ARCA Series.

In 2007, Roush Racing and Fenway Sports Group (FSG) announced the merge of the two, becoming Roush Fenway Racing which combined two very successful companies between Jack Roush and Henry Fenway.

Roush is the main man at ROUSH Enterprises that has about 1800 employees among five states, Mexico and Great Britain. ROUSH Performance sells a large variety of vehicles, parts, and high-performance crate engines. Quite possibly best known for the line of customized Ford Mustangs, they have more than 16,000 vehicles on the road.

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    Posted by on March 29, 2011