Roush Racing signs Jourdain Jr

Roush to Field Third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Full-Time with Jourdain, Jr., Ragan CONCORD, NC - Roush Racing announced today that Mexico City native Michel Jourdain, Jr. will drive the No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck...

Roush to Field Third NASCAR Craftsman Truck Full-Time with Jourdain, Jr., Ragan

CONCORD, NC - Roush Racing announced today that Mexico City native Michel Jourdain, Jr. will drive the No. 50 Roush Racing Ford F-150 in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series for nine events in 2006.

"We're really happy to have Michel driving for us at Roush Racing," said team owner Jack Roush. "He is an outstanding talent with an equally impressive resume. He's a veteran of the Champ Car Series, and he's had some success over there, getting a couple of wins. We're looking forward to helping him make his transition to full-time NASCAR competition."

Jourdain has been competing in select NASCAR Busch Series races with PPC Racing since 2005. He will continue to make select starts with PPC in addition to his schedule with Roush. Jourdain, Jr. will make his first NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series start at the Mansfield Motorsports Park on May 27.

"I'm looking forward to racing in the Craftsman Truck Series and driving the Ford F-150," said Jourdain. "To have this opportunity to drive for Roush Racing is a dream come true. Jack Roush has built one of the best racing organizations in the world and to be able to join them is a great accomplishment in my career. I want to thank everyone that helped to make this happen."

Jourdain will drive Roush Racing's third entry when David Ragan fills in for Mark Martin in the No. 6 Scotts Miracle-Gro Ford. Both Jourdain and Ragan will be entered in selected events in the No. 50 truck, beginning with the May 19 event at Lowes Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C., with Ragan at the wheel. Jourdain will have his first opportunity in the truck on May 27 at Mansfield.

"I'm confident that Michel and David will have some strong runs in the No. 50. We've got a lot of good things going on in the trucks right now, and this will afford us to gain on what has already been a great year for us," said Roush.

"Jourdain will compliment the execution of our diversity efforts and give us a strong presence in the growing Hispanic marketplace," said NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Owner Designate and Chief Diversity Officer, Sam Belnavis."

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Series NASCAR Truck
Drivers Jack Roush , David Ragan , Mark Martin , Michel Jourdain