Roush Fenway Racing makes changes to get back to the front of the NASCAR Cup Series field
Jimmy Fennig spent 29 years serving as a NASCAR Cup Series crew chief where he collected 40 race wins. Most recently, he was the crew chief for Carl Edwards back in 2014.
Now, he takes the role of Executive VP of competition with Roush Fenway Racing. Fennig will guide all aspects of competition for the team.
Kevin Kidd will remain as the director of competition. Tommy Wheeler stays onboard as the director of operations.
Fennig joined Roush Fenway Racing in 1993. He’s served as the crew chief for Mark Martin, Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards and Kurt Busch.
Jack Roush on Jimmy Fennig
“Jimmy Fennig has been a key part of our organization for over two decades,” said team owner Jack Roush in a team statement.
“Jimmy is a real racer and his record and accolades as a championship level crew chief speak for themselves.
“His passion and drive have played an important role in our success as a race team. He is one of the most loyal and dedicated people I’ve ever known, and I’m confident that he is the right man for the job.”
The team owner concluded, “I’m certainly excited to work with him as we continue to build our program back to the level that will see us compete on the track each week for wins and championships.”
Jimmy Fennig on his new role
Fennig is arguably most known for his his role as Mark Martin’s crew chief between 1998-2001. Together, they collected 11 wins in the span of just four years.
“I’m certainly humbled at the opportunity provided to me by Jack and everyone at Roush Fenway Racing,” stated Fennig.
“I’ve been a part of this organization for a long time and during that time we’ve experienced a lot of highs and lows, but I believe in the team, I believe in Jack and I believe in the people we have here to help us get back to the top.
“Make no mistake, our goal is to get these Roush Fenway Fords to the front. We know we have a lot of work in front of us, but I believe we owe that to Jack and we owe that to ourselves as racers, and I know the entire team embraces that challenge.”
Roush Fenway Racing currently field two cars in the NASCAR Cup Series.