Mark Martin returning to Roush Fenway Racing

Mark Martin's last race was at Homestead in 2013. (Getty Images)
Mark Martin's last race was at Homestead in 2013. (Getty Images)
Mark Martin’s last race was at Homestead in 2013. (Getty Images)

Roush Fenway Racing announced Thursday that NASCAR driver Mark Martin is returning to the team he once raced for as the team’s driver development coach. Martin was the first driver hired by team owner Jack Roush when he founded his NASCAR operation in 1988. The two went on to become one of the most successful duos in sports history, earning 83 NASCAR wins, four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship runner-up finishes, and building Roush Fenway into the winningest team in NASCAR history.

“I’m excited to return to Roush Fenway Racing, as it feels like I’m going home to where I belong,” said Martin. “I was fortunate to help build this team from the beginning and it’s very humbling to be a part of Jack’s team again. When Jack first hired me in 1988 we didn’t talk about salary or benefits or perks, we talked about testing, tires and putting the right personnel into place to win on the track. That commitment is what stood out to me then and it’s still what stands out to me today.

“Nobody does a better job at developing young talent than Jack Roush,” he added. MORE>>>

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