If you think Thursday’s announcement that Mark Martin will be returning to Roush Fenway Racing in somewhat of a driving capacity, forget it.
According to Bob Pockrass of SportingNews.com, Martin is committed to his newly-hired role as driver coach for the entire RFR organization, particularly working with young drivers like Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Reed and Trevor Bayne.
“You know me well enough to know that I’m not going to say (never),” Martin told Pockrass. “But I’ll just tell you I have no interest at this time. I have no interest in even practicing a car or testing a car at this time.”
Martin last raced as a fill-in driver for Tony Stewart last season following Stewart’s wreck in a sprint car race in early August that not only caused him to sustain numerous injuries, it also ended his season as well.
Martin said he hasn’t missed his time away from the racetrack or the sport as a whole.
“I don’t ever flip on the TV and wish I was there,” Martin said. “I am happy where I am at. It’s probably less (of an urge) than I even expected to get back into a racecar.”
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