When your lineage includes the moniker of Roush, you better be ready for fast, edgey, performance focused awesomeness. Today’s Ford Mustang Early Years guest Jack Roush Jr. is all that and more. I’ve not only seen and heard his piano playing, but read the articles and heard the accolades about his Mustang road race winning feats. Whether he’s behind the wheel of a 775 horsepower pony or working on his restoration of his 1964 ½ hi-po Mustang, he’s all about performance, great lines, winning and keeping the quality at Roush Performance top notch and in the winners lane.
Here’s some of the topics we go over today on Ford Mustang, The Early Years Podcast:
- Tell me about Roush Performance when you were a little kid, what do you remember most about growing up in the Roush house?
- When did you know you were going to get involved in the family business?
- Would you say there was a learning curve or did it come naturally for you?
- You shared some proud moments with your dad Jack Roush. Can you share some of those moments?
- Talk for a moment about Classic Mustangs. Have you always been a fan or was it an acquired taste?
- Is there still place at Roush Performance for the early gen mustangs with everything as modern as it is at Roush Performance?
- What do your day to day responsibilities look like?
- What’s in your garage?
- What does the future look like at Roush
- Dinner time guests. I’m sure you’ve had chance to meet many icons in the day. You get up to 5 invites from the world of Mustang to invite to dinner. Who are they?
Answers to our Ford Mustang podcast interview Q&A:
Do you own a early year Mustang?:
What do you do for a living and is it related to classic cars or Mustangs?:
I’ve worked at ROUSH Performance, my family’s business, for twelve years. Prior to that, I did consulting work on the web side of the business with my old tech start-up. I also grew up racing go karts. In 2004-5, I drag raced Mustangs in the NMRA Modular Muscle class, and began my professional road racing career in 2006, racing Mustangs in IMSA. Since that time, I’ve also raced in the World Challenge and SRO (in England) series.
Is there anything specific you would like to share on the show?
We have a new vehicle that’s pretty relevant here: The 2020 Jack Roush Edition Mustang. It’s a tribute vehicle for my father, his achievements, and the love that he, our company, and our family has had for the Mustang since it was first introduced. At 775hp, it’s the most powerful Mustang that we’ve ever produced, and with the optional light weight forged track wheels and racing slicks, it can pull 1.14g on the skid pad. And there are many other enhancements to it as well, including massive cooling upgrades, an active aerodynamic carbon wing, and more…
If you own a Mustang or classic car, have you named your car? If so, what is his/her name?:
1964 1/2 289 Hi-Po
How long have you owned your classic ride?:
If you’ve made improvements to your classic car or restored it, what work have you done?:
Our company has restored it from top to bottom. I rebuilt the engine over the winter break of my freshman year of college.
Do you work on your classic cars yourself or do you have a mechanic or shop do the work?
Mostly our special projects team does this work now. I’d love to dive back into it one day.
What plans do you have for improvements/restoration/modification of your classic car?:
I have toyed with the thought of taking a 1970 Boss Mustang and modifying it. If I were to do this project, it would be pretty big — suspension, brakes, wheels/tires, paint, roll cage, seat/harness…
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Roush Performance website: https://www.roushperformance.com/
Personal: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jack.roush.73
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Thanks for listening, keep it safe, keep in rollin’ and keep it on the road! Until next time.