CONCORD, N.C. (July 22, 2010) – On February 14, 1988 Jack Roush launched into his first official foray into the big-time world of NASCAR racing. The day would be a short one – lasting just under 50 of the scheduled 500 miles of the world’s biggest race. It was a humble beginning for what would grow into one of the most successful organizations in professional sports. Today - almost 25 years later - Roush Fenway Racing has covered over one million miles in Sprint Cup action, enough miles to cover the Earth 40 times over.
“You sure can’t say that it has come without its bumps,” said team owner Jack Roush. “There has been a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears that have been poured into that milestone. There have been a lot of drivers, crew chiefs and crew guys that put in a great deal of work in order for us to be as successful as we have been during that stretch and to be able to sustain that type of longevity.”
The miles were turned by 16 different Cup drivers over a 23-plus year period. During that span, Roush Fenway has fielded 2,688 Sprint Cup entries, captured 116 wins, while collecting 632 top fives, 1102 top 10s and 65 poles. The organization has churned 768,810 laps, leading 32,754 laps along the way, while capturing two championships and finishing the season top two on nine occasions.
The team has won the Daytona 500, the Coca-Cola 600, the Southern 500 and will look to build on that heritage this weekend when it looks for an elusive win in the Brickyard 400 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Roush Fenway has finished runner-up at Indy on four occasions.
The Roush Fenway cars will run a commemorative decal this week at Indy.