After 14 full-time seasons in the Sprint Cup series, Roush Fenway Racing has announced it and driver Greg Biffle are parting ways.
Biffle, the longest-tenured driver at Roush, announced the news on Twitter that the split was a “mutual agreement” they started working toward “many months ago.”
“We’ve had an incredible run and I am so appreciative for the opportunity to be a part of Roush Fenway,” said Biffle in a press release. “For a kid that grew up Washington, I’m extremely proud of everything we have been able to accomplish over the last 19 years – both on and off the track. I’ve enjoyed every minute. I’m excited about the next chapter of my life, and I look forward to exploring other opportunities – particularly in radio and television – both inside and outside of NASCAR.
“I’m thankful to Jack Roush for the opportunity to have driven his race cars for all these years. It’s very rare in this sport to have been able to stay with one team this many years, and to have been as successful as we have been.”
Said owner Jack Roush: “I don’t have the words to say what Greg has meant to this organization. He is a true racer who has always exhibited a will to win and an intense passion for speed. For almost two decades Greg has given us an opportunity to run up front and compete for wins.
“Greg exemplifies what every owner hopes for in a driver and I’m extremely thankful for having him as part of our organization. I know that Greg and I will maintain a strong friendship and I look forward to leaning on him on occasion as we continue to work on improving our performance.”
Biffle leaves the team after his third winless season in a row. Biffle, the oldest full-time Sprint Cup driver at 46, finished the 2016 season 23rd in points.
The native of Vancouver, Washington, has 19 Sprint Cup victories but none since the June 2013 Michigan race. That win was the 1,000th for Ford in NASCAR.
Biffle’s first Sprint Cup start for Roush was the 2002 NAPA Auto Parts 500 at Auto Club Speedway.
His first full-time season was 2003, where he earned his first win in the July Daytona race.
Before his move to Sprint Cup, Roush fielded Biffle in three Camping World Truck Series seasons beginning in 1998 and two Xfinity Series seasons beginning in 2001.
Biffle earned 55 NASCAR wins for Roush with 16 Truck wins, 20 Xfinity wins and 19 in Cup and gave the team its first NASCAR titles (2000 Truck Series, 2002 Xfinity).