Jack Roush was born in 1942 in and grew up in Manchester, Ohio. He
received a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and Physics from Berea
College in Berea, Kentucky, and a Master's Degree in Scientific
Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University. Roush's childhood fascination with all things mechanical has since grown
into a lifelong passion for performance, and translated into a
tremendous engineering and motorsports success story.
Roush first began his professional career in 1964 as an engineer for
Ford Motor Company. He eventually left Ford to pursue his interest in
engine development and motorsports. Roush formed Jack Roush Performance
Engineering, a precursor of today's Roush Industries, in 1976 and Roush
Racing in 1988. Jack Roush is always on the move. Wearing his trademark straw hat, Roush can usually be found at the racetrack walking through the NASCAR Nextel Cup garage area watching, learning, jotting down notes, and developing innovative new methods for improving on-track performance.
Today, Roush serves as team owner and CEO of ROUSH Racing and is Chairman of the Board of ROUSH Enterprises, the parent company to ROUSH Racing, ROUSH Industries, ROUSH Performance and ROUSH Manufacturing. The ROUSH Enterprises family of companies employs more than 1,800 people in facilities throughout North America and Europe.
ROUSH Racing, arguably the most visible of his companies, has claimed championships in the elite NASCAR Nextel Cup (formerly Winston Cup) level, as well as the Busch Series and Craftsman Truck Series, making ROUSH Racing one of the few organizations to have captured titles on all three of NASCAR's top divisions. With more than 300 wins to their credit, the organization runs five full-time NASCAR Nextel Cup teams with drivers Mark Martin, Jamie McMurray, Greg Biffle, Matt Kenseth and Carl Edwards. Additionally, full and part-time teams participate in Busch Series and Craftsman Truck races.
Roush's numerous educational and philanthropic activities include establishment of the Jack Roush Motorsports Scholarship fund at Clemson University, which is dedicated to supporting graduate and undergraduate students in their pursuit of motorsports-related degrees. Roush is also a member of the governing board of The Great Race, an annual vintage car road rally event.