Founder, CEO and co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing Jack Roush could think of no better way to celebrate 25 years of motorsports success than to spend Thursday morning of the Sprint Media Tour with a room full of racing media at the NASCAR Hall of Fame in Charlotte.
“I’m as enthusiastic and as driven as I’ve ever been to take our absolute best effort to the racetrack every race,” Roush said. “We’re anxious to add to our win total – we’ve got 311 NASCAR wins, if my information is correct, and seven championships. We’re anxious to build on that in our next 25 years. Everybody in my generation in management, we’re anxious to take the brightest and most enthusiastic young folks that want to get involved with stock car racing and channel their efforts to let them realize their dreams and have the same success we’ve had. Vicariously, I enjoy that very much.”
The team’s stable of drivers then filed into the spotlight with Roush: Greg Biffle, Carl Edwards, Rickey Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana.
Roush described his 2013 roster as a “dream team.”
“When I started in 1988, I couldn’t wait to get started with multiple cars and multiple programs with the depth and experience and potential this group has. It just makes me feel really gratified and that my life’s work has been successful.”
Biffle was asked for his thoughts on doing something that no one has accomplished in NASCAR – winning championships in all three of the top series.
“Winning a championship in the Sprint Cup Series alone is a heck of an accomplishment,” Biffle said. “I’ve been able to win the Truck and Nationwide seasons – not like Rickey, not back to back – I was able to win the championships on my way up through the ranks. It would be something special have all three – be the first guy to do it.”
Stenhouse Jr., who is making his move to Sprint Cup for 2013, said, “Having teammates (like these) is going to be a lot of fun this year. I think our expectations are to go out and compete for wins and have a strong Roush Fenway team. I hope I can do my part to contribute.”
In a one-on-one session, Pastrana was asked about the biggest adjustment he had to make to go from Supercross racing to NASCAR.
“Patience,” he answered. “Those first couple of laps I took with a race car, I dented in some part of a car that affected the handling. That surprised me every time – ‘That little dent right there is the reason we don’t have downforce on the front?!’ From action sports from where everything is adrenaline to (a sport where I have to have) patience. You have to get there. You have to make it in a good position to take that green-white checker – that last 20 or 30 laps. Everyone’s like, ‘Aren’t you bored out there?’ I’m like, I’m white-knuckle grip out there. I got tendonitis in my right elbow with my first Nationwide race.”