DETROIT — For nearly as long as he can remember, Jack Roush has been determined not to fail.
Growing up in Manchester, Ohio, a village near the Kentucky border, Roush witnessed poverty on the streets in the form of forgotten war veterans and down-on-their-luck farmworkers.
His own father, Charlie, struggled as a businessman working in ice and coal delivery.
"I wanted that to never happen to me or my family," Roush said during an interview in his office at Roush Enterprises Inc. in suburban Detroit. "I always wanted to have enough things going on that I wouldn't have to worry about failure."
Now 75, Roush is a legend in the auto industry. He's chairman of Roush Enterprises and co-owner of Roush Fenway Racing. His teams have won more than 400 races, while Roush Enterprises has become a major provider of engineering and product development services for the auto industry, with clients that include Google and Ford Motor Co.
Roush will be inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame Thursday, July 20, here.