April 19, 1942- Covington, Kentucky
Quote From Jack Roush:
“It's funny how things work out sometimes.”
Jack Roush, the racing team owner known for his trademark Panama hat, was born in Covington, Kentucky and spent most of his time growing up in Manchester, Ohio. According to those who knew him as a child, he had a fascination with all things mechanical. He graduated from Berea College in Berea, Kentucky with a degree in mathematics (minor in physics) before graduating from Eastern Michigan University with a Masters Degree in Scientific Mathematics.
Roush Enters the Work Force:
After graduation he was recruited to work at Ford as an engineer working on car assembling and tooling. The year was 1964. It was there that he saw his first Mustang. He would go on to purchase his first Mustang while at the company. He then worked at Chrysler before leaving in 1970 to pursue his drag racing endeavors.
In 1971 and 1972, Roush taught mathematics, physics, and other automotive subjects at Monroe Community College in Monroe, Michigan.
Roush Makes his Mark:
Shortly after leaving his automotive manufacturing job, a drag racing partnership with Wayne Gapp netted Roush championship status in the NHRA, IHRA and AHRA. No doubt about it, Jack Roush was becoming a known name in the world of auto sports. In addition to his drag racing endeavors, Roush worked on engines for racers in other sports. In 1976 he ended his partnership with Gapp and founded Roush Performance Engineering.
The Racing Guru Shines:
After founding Roush Performance Engineering, Roush devoted time to creating performance engines for racers of all kinds. From boats to oval track series and hill climbs, Roush could build it. In 1982 he formed a partnership with Zakspeed Racing. The goal was to race GTX and GTP cars for Ford. Some of Roush’s drivers included Bobby Rahal and Kevin Cogan.
Two years later, in 1984, Roush returned to Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) and International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) road racing. In 1988 he formed Roush Racing. He has since achieved more than 24 national championships and even manages a NASCAR team.
Roush Performance Parts & Mustangs:
In 1995, Jack Roush formed Roush Performance Products
. The goal was to create performance parts for a variety of vehicles and engines. Popular products include the Stage 1, Stage 2, and Stage 3 Roush packages for Mustangs. In 2004 Roush released a special-edition Mustang known as the 440A. The 40 symbolized 40 years of Mustang production.
From 1990 through 2004, Roush’s company worked with Team Mustang as they developed the third and fourth generation Mustangs.
In 2007 Roush introduced the popular 427R Mustang.
Trivia Fact About Jack Roush:
Jack Roush is an avid pilot and owns two P-51 Mustangs
, one named “Old Crow”. On April 19, 2002 Roush was involved in a plane crash
on his 60th birthday. His airplane, an experimental twin-engine air cam, crashed into a lake. Larry Hicks, a retired Marine Sergeant Major, saved Roush’s life by pulling him from the airplane.
Roush was injured in a second plane crash on Tuesday July 27, 2010 while trying to land his Hawker Beechcraft Premier jet at Wittman Air Field in OshKosh, Wis. Roush was on his way to attend the Experimental Aircraft Association's annual AirVenture show. He went on to make a full recovery.