National Guard To Continue Partnership with Roush Racing CONCORD, N.C. (November 18, 2004) -- The National Guard and Roush Racing are pleased to announce an extension of their NASCAR Nextel Cup partnership into the 2005 season. The National...
National Guard To Continue Partnership with Roush Racing
CONCORD, N.C. (November 18, 2004) -- The National Guard and Roush Racing are pleased to announce an extension of their NASCAR Nextel Cup partnership into the 2005 season. The National Guard will maintain its primary role with Roush Racing's No. 16 NASCAR Nextel Cup entry and driver Greg Biffle.
"We couldn't be happier with the program at Roush Racing," said LTG Roger Schultz, Director of the Army National Guard. "Greg, Doug (Richert, crew chief) and the team there have done an excellent job representing the Guard and we want to continue the relationship we've built over the last 10 months.
"The win at Michigan was a milestone for the National Guard as I understand it was the first win for a military-backed team in the Cup Series. This season has been a morale boost for our soldiers working both here and overseas and I expect we'll have even more to cheer for in 2005."
The National Guard began their involvement in NASCAR in 2002 and joined Roush Racing last December. In a partnership with Subway, Travelodge and Jackson Hewitt, the National Guard took on a primary role with the No. 16 team and debuted their signature red, white and blue Ford shortly before the Daytona 500.
"I was extremely pleased when I learned that the National Guard would continue to be a major part of our Cup program," said Jack Roush. "This year, we've had the privilege of having soldiers from the Guard at every race. I have enjoyed the opportunity to thank them personally for what they do for our country and look forward to carrying the relationship into 2005."
Biffle shares Roush's appreciation of the unique relationship between the team and the National Guard.
"It means a little bit more when you know there are soldiers up in the middle of the night, overseas, who have stayed up just to cheer for their car in the Nextel Cup race," said Biffle. "This season, we've had the chance to hear stories and meet soldiers who were either just returning home or were preparing for deployment. I was happy to put their car in victory lane at Michigan and I look forward to the opportunity to put the National Guard Ford in the winner's circle a few more times in 2005."
The 2004 season got off to a good start for the National Guard team when they took the pole for the Daytona 500 and after sustaining a few growing pains, the team has gained momentum heading into the final races of the year.
"We weren't getting the finishes that showed what this team was capable of in the first half of the season," said crew chief Doug Richert, "but the National Guard stood by us and showed their support through it all. The second half of the season has been a true example of what this National Guard team can do. We had the win at Michigan, six top-10's in the last 15 races and the pit crew has taken the McDonald's/Powerade Pit Challenge Award three times this season.
"We're going to try to get this National Guard Ford into victory lane again before the end of the season and then get ready for 2005. We've made a lot of improvements as a team and I expect next year to be a successful one. We take a lot of pride in representing the National Guard each weekend and look forward to doing the same in 2005."
The National Guard is the oldest component of the Armed Forces of the United States and one of the nation's longest enduring institutions. The National Guard operates in all 50 states, three territories (Puerto Rico, Guam, Virgin Islands) and the District of Columbia. For more information, visit the National Guard website at www.1-800-GO-GUARD.com.
Roush Racing is a subsidiary of Livonia, Mich., based Roush Industries that operates nine motorsports teams; five in NASCAR Nextel Cup with drivers Mark Martin, Carl Edwards, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch and Greg Biffle, two in the Busch Series with Martin, Kenseth and Biffle, and two in the Craftsman Truck Series with drivers Jon Wood and Carl Edwards. For sponsorship inquiries, contact John Miller, Roush Racing, (704) 720-4600.