It goes without saying that “Roush” is a well-established name in racing. Jack Roush generated a rich legacy in racing, from his early drag racing, road racing in the 80′s and 90′s, as well as his current iconic NASCAR teams.
So, what is this new team?
The ROUSH Road Racing team is a fairly new effort in racing under the ROUSH flag, focused on sportscar racing on road courses. The team has gone through multiple transformations over the past several years, but it all began in October of 2006, when Jack Roush Jr. stepped into the 6 hour Grand-Am Continental Tires series race at VIR in a car run by Rehagen Racing and co-driving with Dean Martin and Ray Mason. Although Jack Jr. had grown up racing and had much success in gokarts (winning each season that he competed), he was new to racing full-size cars. As the sun went down on that first race, the rain came in, but Jack drove on. Since that time, the team split off first with partner Mike Canney under the name of Horsepower Ranch in 2009, and then under the team name of “ROUSH Performance.” In 2013, the team adopted the name of “ROUSH Road Racing.”
The ROUSH Road Racing team is a project of ROUSH Performance, which itself a part of the larger ROUSH company, and the team’s race cars are maintained and run out of the Roush Fenway group in Concord, North Carolina.
All told, the team has scored an impressive record of 10 professional wins and 28 podiums in┬áprofessional road racing. Perhaps the most revered of these wins was also its first. It was in September of 2009 at Miller Motorsports Park in Toole, Utah. The sun had gone down about mid-way through the race, and after an epic battle with Bill Auberlin in the No. 96 Turner BMW, Billy Johnson crossed the finish line first in the No. 61 ROUSH Mustang.
Another notable win for the team came in March of 2010 at Homestead Miami Speedway. After qualifying on pole, Jack Jr. was sent to the rear of the starting grid due to a non-approved part. By lap 35, Jack had claimed the lead, handing the car over to co-driver Billy Johnson in that position. Billy then continued the No. 61 ROUSH Mustang’s strong run for the win. This victory marked the 400th Professional Roush win in racing.
Yet another important win came at the end of the 2013 Grand-Am season at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut. At this point in the team’s run in Grand-Am, the series had clamped-down on how competitive the Mustang was allowed to be. This happened gradually over time, largely due to the team’s success, but this really came to a head in the 2013 season. One factor that helped the team despite this adversity for the Lime Road race was the short practice time. With less than half the time normally alotted for developing set-up, the team quickly dialed the car in, faster than the other teams. This was apparent especially at the end of the race, as the No. 61 ROUSH Mustang reeled in the leader and then passed him on the outside of turn one (which is not normally thought of as a passing zone) on the final lap. Not only did this win mark the end of the season, but it also effectively book-ended the season with the team’s win at the season opener in Daytona. The race also marked the team’s last race prior to switching to the Pirelli World Challenge series for the 2014 season.Google+