Roush Fenway Racing has announced their driver lineup for the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and noticeably absent from that lineup is high profile driver Carl Edwards. There has been speculation for months that Edwards was leaving the organization and on Sunday the team made it official in a press release.
Edwards began his career at Roush Fenway Racing back in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series in 2003. In the 2004 season Edwards made his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series debut for the team and won his first race in the 2005 season. Since then Edwards has been a staple for the organization, winning 23 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and 38 NASCAR Nationwide Series races with the team to go along with six NASCAR Camping World Truck Series wins.
“I will always be thankful for Carl’s contribution and the role he played in many Roush Fenway wins and championships. We wish him well for the future. In the meantime, we are excited about continuing our quest for a championship with Carl and the No. 99 team in 2014," said team owner Jack Roush.
The team also announced that Roush Fenway Racing will be a three car operation in the 2015 season. It has been previously announced that Trevor Bayne would be making the jump up from the NASCAR Nationwide Series to drive full-time in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in a #6 Ford for the organization with Advocare as the sponsor, which has supported Bayne in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2014.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr will be back in 2015, but this time with sponsor Fastenal aboard the #17 Ford.
“Fastenal is a first class partner and we are extremely pleased to have them team with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and the No. 17 team starting next year,” said Roush Fenway co-owner Jack Roush. “Ricky has accomplished a great deal in a short time, and continues to improve each week. We have very high expectations for his success in the future and I’m thrilled that Fastenal will be a part of that.”
Greg Biffle will also be back with the team in the 2015 season as the team and Biffle have agreed to a new deal. There had been some speculation that Biffle might not be back but all that speculation has been stopped since the press release was announced.
“I don’t have the words for what Jack Roush has meant to my career,” said Biffle. “During our 16 years together, we have won multiple championships and numerous races on every level. I am as excited about what the future holds for me here as I am about what we have been able to accomplish in the past. Our goal remains to run up front, win races and become the sports’ first triple-crown winner by having a championship in all three series. I know that we have the right ownership, the right team, the right resources and the right manufacturer to get that done here here at Roush Fenway.”
The team has been a major threat to win championships over the last 20 years and team owner Jack Roush expects that to be the same in 2015.
“I have had the privilege of fielding entries for the world’s best race car drivers in NASCAR for nearly 30 years, and feel quite fortunate to have an opportunity to do that again next year,” said team co-owner Jack Roush. “We have always prided ourselves in developing talent at Roush Fenway, and our 2015 line-up is a testament to the success of our organization in that respect. Greg Biffle is one of the most purely talented racers I’ve ever seen behind the wheel of a car, and his experience combined with the raw natural abilities, enthusiasm and desire in both Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. and Trevor Bayne have me very excited for the future. Although we still have a lot to accomplish this year, both John Henry and I are looking forward to going to the track in 2015 with this blend of veteran leadership and youthful potential.”
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