Edwards, Roush Fenway To Go Own Ways In ‘15
Carl Edwards and Roush Fenway Racing will part ways following the 2014 season it was announced on Sunday.
“Carl has been a cornerstone of our success here in the last 10 years.,” RFR owner Jack Roush said. “He’s one of the drivers who have come to our program initially. We’ve had 48 drivers in 27-and-a-half-years that have driven our cars and he, along with Mark Martin and Matt Kenseth and Greg Biffle, have certainly left his mark. We’ve enjoyed the time with him and enjoyed his success and wish him and his family success going forward.”
Edwards’ future racing home remains unknown as the native of Columbia, Mo. refused to say with which team he would sign.
The top contender to land Edwards appears to be Joe Gibbs Racing.
“We made him an offer,” Roush said of Edwards, “but I believe his decision was not based on – NASCAR racing, Cup racing is a big-time sports entertainment thing today. Like football and baseball and basketball, athletes move around. We wish it wouldn’t happen, but there’s curiosity about what another team’s situation would look like and I think that although I shouldn’t speculate, I think Carl wanted to try something different before he saw his career get in its middle term and its final years.”
The RFR lineup Sprint Cup lineup for next year will inclue Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Trevor Bayne in a three-car program.
Edwards has started 356 races for RFR in Cup. He has won 13 poles and 23 races.
His best season finish was second second.
Fastenal, currently Edwards’ primary sponsor, will shift to Stenhouse’s No. 17 car next season.
Ford’s director of racing, Jamie Allison said, “Carl Edwards has been a part of the Ford family for a decade, and it will certainly be tough to see him leave Ford and Roush Fenway Racing. During Carl’s time with Roush, he has represented Ford Motor Company with the utmost class, both on and off the track. We at Ford Racing did everything to facilitate keeping Carl a part of the Ford Racing & Roush Fenway family, but in the end that option did not come to fruition.
“While we are disappointed in his decision to leave Roush Fenway Racing, we certainly want to extend our appreciation for Carl’s contributions winning races and a NASCAR Nationwide Series Championship in a Ford, and especially for his outreach to Ford fans. That said, with this decision out of the way, our plan for 2014 has not changed. We will go forward strongly with our stated goal of securing a NASCAR championship for Ford.”No Comment