Jack Roush to run the 'Great Race'

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Jack Roush on board with Great Race. SAN MARCOS, Texas (July 18, 2002) -- Jack Roush is one of the most successful people in auto racing history as a competitor, car owner and automotive industry safety innovator. Roush plans to continue his ...

Jack Roush on board with Great Race.

SAN MARCOS, Texas (July 18, 2002) -- Jack Roush is one of the most successful people in auto racing history as a competitor, car owner and automotive industry safety innovator. Roush plans to continue his long tradition of racing success with his involvement in the annual vintage car rally, the Great Race.

Roush, Livonia Michigan, has five years as a competitor in the transcontinental event, uniting his desire for competition with his love of vintage automobiles. Now, he has combined those aspects with his business expertise to become part of Great Race by joining the investor group, Rally Partners, Inc.

"I am looking forward to increasing the profile and awareness of this wonderful event. I anticipate that many vintage enthusiasts will see how exciting rally racing is and how the participants enjoy and challenge themselves through 14 days of intense competition, within the beauty of the country," predicted Jack Roush.

Roush currently fields four NASCAR Winston Cup cars with Jeff Burton, Mark Martin, Kurt Busch, and Matt Kenseth, one Busch Grand National car with Greg Biffle, and one Craftsman Truck Series truck driven by Jon Wood. He has previously fielded cars, which competed and won in the 24 hours of Daytona and various other series. In addition, Roush is involved in research, development and manufacturing of motor sports engines for the IRL since it's inception, among others, and street vehicles including packaging the Roush stage 2 and 3 Mustangs for retail dealership sales.

"Competition is the driving force behind men and their constant work at development of the automobile. Competition is the cornerstone of man's insatiable needs to demand the best one can give. Our on-track success is proof that determination and innovation are the keys to achieving our grandest expectations," said Jack Roush on his career in competition.

Rally Partners, Inc., a thoroughbred group of competitors and business owners, has combined their collective Great Race experience of 124 years to form a board of directors to focus on the daily operations of the rally. The group of 11 investors is committed to maintaining the integrity of the event while bringing to it, a higher level of public interest and competition.

Since his first Great Race in 1997, Roush has remained active with his participation in the vintage rally. Roush Industries brings more than three vehicles for the event including a mobile safety and welding unit. The 2002 Roush team included five competitive vehicles; a 1940 Ford 5 window coupe, 1939 Ford 2-door convertible, 1935 Ford 2 door convertible, 1947 Ford convertible, and a 1934 Ford Indy 500 race car re-creation. The Roush Great Race stable also houses a 1934 Ford Roadster, 1939 4-door convertible, and a 1936 Ford 5-window coupe named LeRoy.

Roush along with the other ten Rally Partners bought the rights to the Great Race in June 2002.

The 2003 Great Race route will be planned and decided upon in the fourth quarter of 2002. So far, through its 20 years of competition, the rally has been to nearly every state in the country as well as Mexico City, Mexico and two cities in Canada, Toronto and Ottawa.

Rally Partners, Inc. is headquartered in San Marcos, Texas. For more information, call 800-989-RACE (7223) or visit at www.greatrace.com.

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