Roush Fenway Racing announced that Bob Osborne, crew chief of the No. 99 RFR Sprint Cup Ford and driver Carl Edwards, is stepping down due to health reasons. Chad Norris will assume crew chief duties effective immediately. Osborne will remain with the team in a senior management role.
Team owner Jack Roush said:
Our commitment to winning a championship with the No. 99 in 2012 has not waivered. I’m committed to providing the resources to Carl and to his team to do that, and this restructuring of Bob’s role and the introduction of Chad Norris as the crew chief for the No. 99 will put us in the best possible position for these final seven races before the Chase begins.
At this time in my life…concerns with my health have necessitated that I change my role within the organization. This transition is not an easy one, but I’m thankful to have the full support of Jack, Carl and the entire organization. I also have every confidence in Chad Norris, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to pursue a championship in 2012. I also appreciate the privacy and respect that the community will give me and my family during this difficult time.
I’m so thankful for what he’s done for me as a driver, and he is without a doubt one of the smartest guys in the sport. I’m also appreciative of the fact that he’ll continue to be a resource for me and our team as we focus on these final races. We’re very fortunate to have Chad Norris as part of our organization to take over for the No. 99. I’ve known Chad for a long time and he is a fierce competitor. We’ve got our work cut out for us over the next seven races, and I’ve got every confidence Chad can lead our team to where we need to be.
Edwards currently sits 11th in points, outside of the Chase. Kasey Kahne and Kyle Busch currently hold the Wild Card spots by virtue of their wins. Edwards has not won a race this season. His last win came in 2011 in the Kobalt Tools 400 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the third race of that season.