The mathematician turned engineering entrepreneur has won a record 322 races across NASCAR's three national series.
- Inducted: 2019
The Cat in the Hat
Once a drag racing owner and enthusiast, Jack Roush made his best motorsports decision when he turned south in 1988 to start a NASCAR team.
Since beginning Roush Racing (now known as Roush Fenway Racing), the graduate-level mathematician turned engineering entrepreneur has won a record 322 races across NASCAR’s three national series. Overall, Roush boasts five NASCAR national series owner championships, while his drivers have won an additional three driver championships.
Roush initially built his powerhouse organization by pairing with fellow NASCAR Hall of Fame nominee Mark Martin who won 83 NASCAR national series races for RFR from 1988-2005. Known for his trademark Panama hat, Roush has displayed a prowess for discovering and developing talent. He helped Matt Kenseth (2003) and Kurt Busch (2004) grow into premier series champions and also jumpstarted the careers of current stars Carl Edwards and Greg Biffle. Roush was the 2001 recipient of the Bill France Award of Excellence.
Jack Roush and Mark Martin earn their first premier series victory at North Carolina Motor Speedway in 1989. Photo by Dozier Mobley/Getty Images.
With Matt Kenseth in 2003, the same year the duo paired up to win the team's first premier series championship. Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images.
With Chris Buescher, 2015 NASCAR Xfinity Series champion.