FORT WORTH, Texas –As soon as Roush Fenway Racing owner Jack Roush secures sponsorship for his No. 6 Ford, he’s ready to bring the car back to the Sprint Cup Series with Ricky Stenhouse Jr. as the driver.
The No. 6 has been in mothballs since Stenhouse drove it in the season-opening Daytona 500.
“We’ve got the decal for the top of the roof on that 6 car all organized for Ricky,” Roush said Friday night, after Stenhouse won the O’Reilly Auto Parts 300 Nationwide Series race at Texas. “As soon as I can find sponsorship for it, he’s good to go.
“The highest priority we have for this year in the meantime is to defend (Stenhouse’s) championship in the Nationwide series but hopefully we can find sponsorship and run the 6 car with him next year — and we will run some races with him in the 6 Cup car before this year is over.”
Roush added that Trevor Bayne’s participation in the Nationwide Series has been curtailed until sponsorship is finalized for the No. 60 Ford.
Though he was fourth in the series standings at the time, Bayne did not compete in Friday’s race.
“We need sponsorship for the 60 car to keep it going,” Roush acknowledged. “We ran both the 6 and the 16 car (which Bayne drove in 2011) without adequate sponsorship last year, and it’s not reasonable for us to do that this year.
“We’re in the quest of sponsorship, and we are having some encouraging conversations, and I certainly hope to have him back out for a substantial part of the remaining of the year, but it will depend on sponsorship.”