NASCAR team owner Jack Roush in serious but stable condition after plane accident
Jack Roush, one of the leading team owners in NASCAR stock-car racing, was in serious but stable condition Wednesday after his plane made a hard landing in Oshkosh, Wis., according to his team, Roush Fenway Racing.
An avid pilot and aviation buff, Roush was in Oshkosh for the annual EAA AirVenture airplane show and was landing his Hawker Beechcraft Premier jet, a small twin-engine business jet, at Wittman Regional Airport when the accident occurred Tuesday night, the team said.
His injuries were not immediately known, but the team said Roush, 68, was taken to a nearby hospital and that his injuries were "not life-threatening." Roush reportedly walked away from the plane.
NASCAR Chairman Brian France said in a statement that "on behalf of the NASCAR industry, our hearts and prayers go out to Jack Roush, the Roush family and Roush Fenway Racing. All of us are looking forward to a full and speedy recovery."
Roush, known for his trademark fedoras, is one of the most successful owners in NASCAR history, with 116 wins and two championships in its premier Sprint Cup Series alone. His current Cup drivers are Matt Kenseth, Carl Edwards, Greg Biffle and David Ragan.
He partnered with the Fenway Sports Group, led by John Henry, in 2007 to form Roush Fenway Racing, which also has teams in NASCAR's second-tier Nationwide Series.
Roush was seriously hurt once before, when the small plane he was piloting crashed in Alabama in 2002.-- Jim Peltz
Upper photo: The jet flown by NASCAR team owner Jack Roush after it made a hard landing at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wis. Credit: Anthony Wahl / Oshkosh Northwestern, Associated Press
Lower photo: Roush during the NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 29 in Concord, N.C. Credit: Drew Hallowell / Getty Images