Jack Roush ( born April 19, 1942 in Covington, Kentucky) is the founder, Chief Executive Officer, and with John W. Henry part owner of the NASCAR racing team Roush Fenway Racing, which is headquartered in Concord, North Carolina. He is also Chairman of Roush Enterprises, the parent company of Roush Fenway Racing, Roush Industries and Roush Performance. His trademark is a Panama hat, without which he almost never seen in public.
Jack Roush was born in Covington, Kentucky and grew up in Manchester, Ohio. He graduated at the Berea College successfully completed a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics. At Eastern Michigan University, he obtained a second degree, the Masters, in mathematics. Then Roush worked at Ford from 1966 to 1970 In 1970 he left Ford to work at Chrysler. In the following years, Roush participated in some drag race in the NHRA, IHRA and AHRA.
During his career as a driver, he offered car parts for sale that he developed for his own team. In 1982 he signed a contract with a German company that supported him. In the coming years, his company cooperated with the German company in the development of racing cars for the car brand Ford, had returned to the Roush. The development work has led to some good results in the Trans-Am series and IMSA.
In 1988, Roush founded the NASCAR Winston Cup team Roush Racing, which operates under the name Roush Fenway Racing since 2007. Over the years, Roush extended its commitment to NASCAR, and set up in the Nationwide Series and Craftsman Truck Series race cars. After initial successes in NASCAR Roush founded the company Roush Performance, which modifies various Ford models. April 27, 2006 Roush was inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame.
Roush is among other pilot and owns several aircraft, including two North American P- 51 and a North American T -6, which he has placed at the Willow Run Airport in Ypsilanti (Michigan) in a special hangar.
For his 60th birthday, on 19 April 2002, Roush had the opportunity, the two-seat twin-engine ultralight aircraft Lett R / K. Campbell AirCam ( aircraft registration mark: N912S ) to fly. The plane took off from Troy Municipal Airport ( ICAO code: ktoi ) grazed at Troy (Alabama ) a high voltage power line and crashed into a lake (coordinates: 31 ° 49 ' 41 "N, 86 ° 0' 16" W31.828046 - 86.004549 ). He was rescued by the bystanders Larry Hicks, a former U.S. Marine, from the sunken wreck. Hicks performed a successful heart - lung resuscitation and suffered in the rescue first-degree burns. Roush has been associated with serious injury in the UAB Medical Center in Birmingham (Alabama ) and was able to resume his business again after six weeks.
His second plane crash survived Roush July 27, 2010 as his drove him Hawker Beechcraft 390 Premier ( aircraft registration mark: N6JR ) on the approach to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh in the U.S. state of Wisconsin, in the approach to hard put on ( coordinates: 43 ° 59 ' 15 " N, 88 ° 33' 14" W43.98738 - 88.553925 ). Roush and his passenger survived with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Both were able to leave the wreck independently and were admitted, among other things with facial injuries to Theda Clark Medical Center in Neenah. Roush was transferred to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester (Minnesota ), where he operated on and was released on 10 August 2010. In a public appearance at the Michigan International Speedway in the following days, he confirmed to the press that he has suffered in the accident back injuries and a broken jaw, moreover addition Roush lost in the accident, his left eye.