SEMA Show, Las Vegas, Nevada – November 4, 2013 - The ROUSH Road Racing team announces that it will compete in the Pirelli World Challenge series’ GTS class for the 2014 season.
The team is coming over from Grand-Am’s Continental Tire series, where it has been competing since 2009 and where Jack Roush Jr. has been competing since 2006. "We’ve had some great success racing in Grand-Am, with 10 victories, and 24 podiums," says Jack Jr. "Racing in Grand-Am over the past several years is an opportunity that I will always be grateful for. I have great respect both for the series and the competitors there. As for the Pirelli World Challenge, we are very excited about the new adventure ahead. The series has its own great history, format, and competitors to tend with."
Entering its 25th season in 2014, the Pirelli World Challenge has kept true to its roots with a focus on road racing for production-based vehicles. "Given our rich heritage in both racing and the automotive industry, it’s a great fit for us to race in the Pirelli World Challenge," says Jack Roush Jr.
Some notable features of the Pirelli World Challenge series include the following:
- Standing starts
- 50 minute races
- One driver per car
- Some weekends are double-headers (two races per weekend)
- The series travels with IndyCar and Australian V8
- Wide mix of tracks, including multiple street courses
The Pirelli World Challenge also offers an impressive viewing package, with races broadcast on NBC Sports channel, as well as live streaming and archived videos for on-demand viewing at world-challengetv.com.
"We are proud of the developments we have made to the series to be able to attract more and more top teams and drivers to the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. We are excited to have the ROUSH Performance Team running in GTS in 2014," said Scott Bove, President and CEO, Pirelli World Challenge. "Our GTS class was extremely competitive in 2013 with three drivers eligible to win the championships going into the last event. With Jack Jr. and his team coming in for next year it’s going to raise the bar even higher.
Learn more about the Pirelli World Challenge at www.world-challenge.com.
The team currently plans to campaign one car piloted by Jack Roush Jr. with Brad Francis managing the team and Jeff Campey as the crew chief. "One of the hardest things in this change has been rearranging who will be a part of the program," says Jack Roush Jr. "We’ve had an awesome crew over the years and that has been the heart and soul of the team. Our success over the years has been the result of hard work of the entire team. Luckily, we will be keeping several key members of our old crew going into 2014. It will also be a transition to switch the one-driver format. Over the past several years, I’ve co-driven the No. 61 Mustang with Billy Johnson. Billy has been a great friend and teammate, and I wish him all the luck in pursuing his own opportunities in the coming year."
"Of course, Brad Francis will be there to look after me and to make sure that things run smoothly as team manager," Jack continues. "I look forward to having Jeff Campey (a.k.a. ‘Lumpy’) back on my program as well." Jeff was the crew chief on Jack’s No. 61 Mustang from 2011 to 2012. In the 2013 season, Lumpy acted as crew chief for the No. 51 ROUSH Mustang driven by Shelby Blackstock and Joey Atterbury.
New Look For Its Race Cars
The ROUSH Road Racing team is showcasing a new look for its Pirelli World Challenge race car at 2013 SEMA show in the "Ford Out Front" display. The car on display is Jack Roush Jr.’s personal track car – a modified ROUSH Stage 3 Mustang with a graphic wrap representing the team’s new livery. The car does not include series-specific livery, as this design may be taken to more than one series. In addition to the Pirelli World Challenge, this new look may also be used if the team competes in the One Lap of America in 2014. The "XX" on the car signifies that the number has yet to be chosen for the 2014 season.
Components of the ROUSH Road Racing graphic wrap unveil car include the following:
- ROUSH Phase 3 Mustang Supercharger – 675 hp / 585 ft-lb (part # 421542)
- Ford Racing Aluminator Engine (part # M-6007-A50NA)
- ROUSH body components:
- Fog lamp buckets (part # 421394)
- Side splitters (part # 420092)
- Rear side splitters (part # 421405)
- Quarter louvers (part # 420093)
- ROUSH shifter ball (part # 421556)
- Ford Racing Laguna Seca Front Splitter (part # M-16601-MBA)
- Ford Racing Laguna Seca Front Splitter Bracket (part # M-17A626-MB)
- Ford Racing Laguna Seca Gauge Pack (part # M-6304GPACK-MA)
- ROUSH TrackPak Suspension System (part # 421156)
- Ford Racing Rear Seat Delete Kit (part # M-6346612-B-PQ)
- Sparco EVO Racing Seats and Five-Point Harnesses
- Custom Roll-Bar
- D-Force 18×10 Flo-Formed Aluminum Wheels
- Kognition Carbon Fiber Racing Wing
- EATON Truetrac Rear Differential
- Full vehicle wrap from ROUSH Graphics (800-59-ROUSH)
- ROUSH 4-Piston Brake Kit (part # 401599)
- Performance Friction Track Pads (part # 04126.96.36.199 and 1082.10)
The "Distractor Face" was an original concept first used by the ROUSH Road Racing team back in 2012. D.F. contests allow Facebook fans of ROUSH Performance to submit and vote for what face gets placed on the back of the race car for a given race — distracting the other drivers. Previously, Distractor Face contests have included both fans or celebrities to competing for votes. Going into 2014, contest formats could vary into new territory as well.
The ROUSH Road Racing team is proud to receive support from its great sponsors: ROUSH Performance, Ford Motor Company, Ford Racing, KW Suspensions, PWR, BMRS, GoPro, ROUSH Graphics, D-Force Wheels, MPC Promotions, Performance Friction, Mechanix Wear, Sparco, and EATON.
For the latest news from the ROUSH Road Racing team and upcoming Distractor Face contests, go to the following web site:
About Pirelli World Challenge
Having just completed its 24th consecutive season, the Pirelli World Challenge is one of North America’s top production car-based racing championships. Divided into four separate categories (Pirelli World Challenge GT, Pirelli World Challenge GTS, Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car and Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car B-Spec), each race features thrilling standing starts, adrenaline filled door-to-door action and world-class drivers. The Pirelli World Challenge features cars from the world’s most popular manufacturers – race-prepped versions of the cars driven on the streets. Sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing, the series races at North America’s premier road and temporary street courses.Google+