Published on July 27th, 2014 | by Michael J Smith0
RFR Announces 2015 Lineup; No Edwards
Roush Fenway Racing announced its 2015 Sprint Cup Series driver lineup, which did not include Carl Edwards.
For 2015, RFR will field three Fords, with Greg Biffle driving the No. 16, Ricky Stenhouse Jr driving the No. 17, and Trevor Bayne taking the reins of the No. 6.
It has long been rumored that Edwards was leaving RFR at the end of the season to join Joe Gibbs Racing in a fourth Toyota. But a clause in his contract has prevented Edwards from talking about his plans for next year. He cannot discuss his plans until September. He has already turned down Richard Childress Racing, and Penske Racing said that it was not interested in Edwards.
In its announcement, RFR confirm that Edwards will leave the team at season’s end. Team owner Jack Roush said:
I will always be thankful for Carl’s contribution and the role he played in many Roush Fenway wins and championships. We wish him well for the future. In the meantime, we are excited about continuing our quest for a championship with Carl and the No. 99 team in 2014.
With the departure of Edwards, Fastenal will move to the No. 17 of Stenhouse next year, and it will be the first year in a multi-year agreement.
As a driver, I’m thrilled to have Fastenal on board for next season. I grew up working in a race shop, helping my dad build cars and racing engines. I appreciate the chance to work with a partner like Fastenal that plays such an important role in building our race cars and helping us win on the track. I’ve had the opportunity to work with them in the past and meet a lot of the men and women that are part of the “Blue Team.” I look forward to representing them on the racetrack, and to taking them to victory lane.