LIVONIA, Mich. (July 20, 2006) – Jack Roush, Jr. will return to the driver’s seat during the July 28-30 Motive Gear NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing, and the day cannot come quick enough for the 33-year old son of motorsports legend Jack Roush.
"It’s been three months now since I last raced competitively and I am really antsy to get back behind the wheel and see what I can do in Joliet," said Roush. "At the first event the ROUSH team ran with this car Kyle (Carrothers) put down some really solid numbers so I have my work cut out for me to match what he did, but I am going to give it my best shot."
Roush and Carrothers are sharing the driving duties behind the wheel of a 2001 Ford Mustang which is being used by ROUSH Performance as a research and development vehicle for the company’s line of crate engines. During the first outing of the season at Bradenton (Fla.) Motorsports Park, Carrothers pushed this car to a 10.854 second/123.88 mph pass down the quarter-mile.
In an effort to keep his skills honed, Roush has been practicing at Milan (Mich.) Dragway during the Wednesday afternoon test sessions. This time is used by ROUSH Performance engineers as further research and stress testing on their upcoming line of Competition Parts, but also for informal family bragging rights as Roush is able to pair up against his sister (Susan Roush-McClenaghan) and brother-in-law (Dale McClenaghan).
"Those Wednesday sessions are fun and have been a great way to keep my driving skills and reaction times in shape for the real competition at Joliet," explained Roush. "But if you think there is not a lot of stress and trash-talking when it comes to racing family, think again. I doubt that any of the other competitors I will face at Joliet will taunt me like Susan and Dale do."
Roush will be racing in the Modular Muscle class, and though he is still new to the sport of drag racing he is an experienced racer. Roush began his racing career in go-karts, starting at six years of age in 1979 when he and his father Jack raced together in the Ford Thunderbird Kart Club at Flat Rock (Mich.) Speedway. During the five seasons they raced, the pair captured 4.5 championships and tied for the championship in the final half-season. Interestingly, Roush ran the number 11 on his kart, a number which later adorned some of his father’s race cars. Even today, he still participates in some karting at Kart2Kart in Sterling Heights, Mich.
The Motive Gear NMRA/NMCA Super Bowl of Street Legal Drag Racing presented by Nitto Tire will be held at Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Ill., one of the finest drag strips in the country. The ROUSH Performance team will have all five of their team vehicles in competition which, for the first time in history, will pit the NMRA Ford classes up against the muscle cars of the NMCA.
Based in Livonia, Mich., "The Art of Performance Engineering" takes place at ROUSH Performance Products. In addition to the Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3 Ford Mustang and F-150 styling, handling and performance upgrades, a complete line of performance parts and engines are offered. For more information, visit or telephone toll-free (800) 59-ROUSH.