Daytona Beach, Fla. (Feb. 15, 2012) – Coming off a tough season in 2012, Roush Fenway Racing’s Carl Edwards is energized to come out strong and get the job done in 2013, and he will have legendary crew chief Jimmy Fennig leading the charge. As the Edwards-Fennig duo hit the pavement for today’s season-opening Sprint Unlimited, fans will look forward to a No. 99 team that should be improved in more ways than one.
“For me personally - my 99 team - having Jimmy Fennig as crew chief is huge and I am very excited about it,” said Edwards. “I have a gut feeling that this is going to be a great season. I feel like there are a lot of things I can learn from him.”
Edwards says that every day he gets to spend with Fennig, who led RFR to its second Daytona 500 win at Speedweeks a year ago, the more confident he feels in the possibilities of how well the No. 99 team can run in 2013. As the 2012 season ended, Edwards went as far as to switch up his post-season routine.
“It was a little different this year,” added Edwards. “ I spent a lot more time getting to know the guys. I took every test that was offered and I watched a little more tape and mentally prepared a little bit better.”
Fennig is coming off yet another successful season with former Sprint Cup Champion Matt Kenseth and is Roush Fenway Racing’s longest standing crew chief. With 317 wins under his belt, a Sprint Cup Championship and two Daytona 500 wins, his focus shifts to how he and Edwards will achieve the single goal of being the best. “It’s a team effort, not a one sided deal,” said Fennig, who led RFR to a Cup championship in 2004. “We’ll be fine because we are both here to do a job. Everyone will get along and get the job done.”
“I think Jimmy and I really are on the same page in that we don’t care if we like each other or talk or whatever,” said Edwards. “As long as we have success we are happy. He told me he is doing this to win and not for any other reason and I am in the same boat. I think that is the way we are going to both go do this.”
Roush Fenway Racing is the winningest team in NASCAR history, fielding multiple teams in the Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series with championship drivers Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana. Having celebrated 25 winning years of winning in 2012, Roush Fenway is the leader in NASCAR marketing solutions, pioneering motorsport’s first team-focused TV show and its award-winning marketing campaigns for RickyvsTrevor.com and “25 Winning Years.” Visit www.RoushFenway.com, circle on Google+ at +Roush Fenway Racing, become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/roushfenway and follow on Twitter at @roushfenway.