Roush Fenway Racing
Roush Fenway Racing, originally Roush Racing, is an American professional stock car racing team competing in NASCAR racing. As one of NASCAR's largest premier racing teams, Roush runs teams in the Sprint Cup and Xfinity Series, and formerly in the Camping World Truck Series and ARCA Racing Series.
As of 2015, the team fields the No.
6 AdvoCare Ford Fusion for Trevor Bayne, the No. 16 Ortho Ford Fusion for Greg Biffle, and the No. 17 Fastenal/Zest Ford Fusion for Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. in the Sprint Cup Series.
Roush Fenway Racing currently fields three cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (driven by Ricky Stenhouse, Jr., Greg Biffle and Trevor Bayne), and four cars in the NASCAR Xfinity Series (driven by Darrell Wallace, Jr., Elliott Sadler, Ryan Reed and Chris Buescher.) Roush has won 7 championships as a car owner in NASCAR's top 3 series: 2 Sprint Cup titles (2003 with Matt Kenseth and 2004 with Kurt Busch), 4 Nationwide Series titles (2002 with Biffle, 2007 with Edwards and 2011-2012 with Stenhouse, Jr.) and a Camping World Truck Series title in 2000 with driver Biffle.
Roush has 2 Daytona 500 victories as a car owner, both with driver Matt Kenseth in 2009 and 2012.
Since Roush entered NASCAR competition his team has 283 wins and 212 poles.
Since its inception, Roush has competed exclusively in Ford brand automobiles. Currently, the Ford Fusion competes in the Sprint Cup, the Ford Mustang template is used in the Nationwide Series, and the Ford F-150 (later branded as the F-Series) was used for the Camping World Truck Series. The team also operates Roush-Yates Engines, which provides engines for most Ford teams in NASCAR and ARCA competition.
On September 10, 2009, it was announced that Richard Petty Motorsports would merge with Yates Racing. Kahne would remain as one of four drivers of RPM alongside his current teammates Sadler and Allmendinger, as well as Yates Racing driver Paul Menard. The team changed manufacturers to Ford and received Roush-Yates engines and other equipment from Roush Fenway Racing.
Roush Racing was founded by Jack Roush, former employee of the Ford Motor Company and founder of Roush Performance Engineering. Prior to entering NASCAR competition, Roush had competed and won championships in various drag racing and sports car racing series since the mid-1960s, including the NHRA, SCCA Trans-Am Series, IMSA GT Championship, and the 24 Hours of Daytona.
The racing business was originally a small branch of co-owner Jack Roush's successful automotive engineering and road-racing equipment business based in Livonia, Michigan.
Ribbs had received criticism for his strong personality during his career, sometimes from other African Americans in auto racing. Black car owner Leonard T. Miller felt Ribbs was not the best representative of the black community due to his outspoken nature.
Ribbs has also spoken negatively about his experience in NASCAR. In May 2006, a newspaper column by Jason Whitlock of Knight-Ridder quoted Ribbs detailing his criticism of NASCAR and his lauding of the Indianapolis 500. Ribbs created controversy by referring to NASCAR as Al-Qaida, "Neckcar", and WWE. His personality and physical stature have been compared to Muhammad Ali.
The NASCAR operation, founded in 1988 and based in Concord, North Carolina, has since become the cornerstone and centerpiece of the company. The team won back to back Championships in what is now the Sprint Cup Series in 2003 and 2004; the final Winston Cup championship with driver Matt Kenseth, and the first NEXTEL Cup championship with driver Kurt Busch. The team also has amassed many wins and championships in Xfinity Series and Camping World Truck Series competition.