Roush Fenway Racing is one of the largest and most prominent racing teams on the NASCAR circuit. The Racing teams and cars are not restricted to the Sprint Cup only. The team also runs their entries in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series as well as in the NASCAR Nationwide Series and at levels below NASCAR, they run cars in the ARCA RE/MAX Series.
Roush Racing was, initially, the brain child of Jack Roush. Jack had a successful automotive engineering business that also dealt in road-racing equipment, based out of Livonia, Michigan. Racing was just a small branch of the original company but once the division started picking up pace, they slowly moved it out to the hub of NASCAR Racing - North Carolina.
The racing operations have, since then, become the main source of income as well as the main attraction for the company. The team has won back-to-back Nextel Cup Championships in 2003 and 2004, with Matt Kenseth and Kurt Busch respectively. With Carl Edwards, they won the 2007 Dodge Dealers 400 at the Dover International Speedway and this win also marked their 100th victory in the NASCAR Cup series.
Roush Racing has always preferred the Ford brand when it comes to picking cars to drive. The team uses the Ford Fusion in the NASCAR Sprint Cup and Nationwide series while the Ford F-150 is the weapon of choice for the Craftsman Truck series. Since 2004, their cars have carried engines made by Yates Racing.
The Fenway Group, owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team, purchased 50% of Roush Racing and went on to create a new entity, Roush Fenway Racing. The agreement states that the original management at Roush Racing will stay in place and Jack Roush would continue handling all competitive operations while Geoff Smith would still be in charge of business activities as the president of Roush Racing.
A major feature of Roush Fenway Racing, as it is known, is that many of their developmental drivers are hired through a show known as “The Gong Show”. Roush, himself, browses through thousands of applications from drivers from all levels and the chosen few are put through a series of tests. These tests put the candidates through various levels that test them on skills, talent as well as personality traits and public relations. A narrow group is selected and they are allowed to race on Roush vehicles, usually the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series or maybe the Busch Series.
The tem runs five full-time teams in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series and one part-time team. This lineup makes it the largest of all the teams operating in the Sprint Cup series. Their programme has always been designed and built to handle five cars. Roush Fenway Racing is a firm believer that by having five cars in their arsenal, they can easily share resources and information as well as test various settings simultaneously so as to benefit all their teams with the best possible data. NASCAR’s proposed four car limit per team for the future probably means that Roush will have to let go of two of their rides when the rule comes into place. This should make things a bit harder for the team in terms of adjustments they will need to make to personnel as well as infrastructure. Till then, they remain one of the topmost teams in the business and most likely, will remain there for some time.