It's official! Mark Martin is back... well, he's not jumping in a car as a driver - but he's upped his presence around the NASCAR garage area once again. The long time driver retired several years ago but kept a semi active schedule racing a few times here and there. Now his new job in racing has been announced with Roush Fenway Racing.
Martin is returning to the race team where he hung his helmet for almost 20 years as the team's driver development coach. Martin was the first driver hired by team co-owner Jack Roush when he started his team in 1988. The amased 83 NASCAR wins, and four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Championship runner-up finishes.
"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."
OK, so he's not getting back behind the wheel... but we can still hope that he does!