His teams have won championships in every level of motorsports, with the exception of NASCAR Winston Cup Series racing. However, in stock car racing's premier class, his Fords have been contenders since he began fielding his first team eight years ago.
Roush joined Ford Motor Company as an engineer after graduating from Berea College in Kentucky in 1964. He gravitated to a group of Ford employees who called themselves the "Fastbacks," who pursued drag racing during the height of the muscle car era.
It was there he developed a reputation for building engines that win. By the early 1970s Roush was building a drag racing team and won the IRHA Pro Stock World Championships in 1973 and 1974.
This season, he will again have five teams in action, with Mark Martin and Jeff Burton at the Charlotte facility, and Johnny Benson, Chad Little, and Kevin Lepage working from the Liberty, N.C., shop. Announced this weekend was the formation of the Matt Kenseth team owned by Jack Roush and Mark Martin. The cars will be Fords and sponsored by Dewalt. They are hoping to get the number 17.
He is the owner of Roush Industries, which has more than 1,300 employees and 1,000,000-square feet of building space in four states, as well as the countries of Mexico and England.
His SCCA Trans-Am Team of Tommy Kendall recently set a Trans-Am record by winning all 11 races in a row, and winning the 1997 SCCA championship.
Jack is also a engine supplier to the IRL series. One of the teams he supplies is AJ Foyt's team which just won the 1999 Indy 500 with a Roush powerplant.
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