Carl Edwards says his potential exit from Roush Fenway Racing after the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup season is having no ill-effects on their current campaign together.
Edwards is currently the main protagonist in the NASCAR driver market, with Roush’s announcement that it was giving 2011 Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne a full-time Cup seat next year raising question marks over its current line-up of Edwards, Greg Biffle and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
With Stenhouse on a longer-term deal and Biffle suggesting a split with Roush was unlikely, most speculation has focused on a move for Edwards. Possible seats at Richard Childress Racing and Penske were quickly ruled out by those squads, but he remains strongly linked to a new fourth entry at Joe Gibbs Racing alongside Kyle Busch, Denny Hamlin and erstwhile Roush teammate Matt Kenseth.
Asked if the uncertainty over his situation was unsettling his Roush crew, Edwards said the media was making too much of his 2015 plans.
“I think you guys worry about that more than we do,” he said. “We come out here and race every week and the mission is to win the championship.
So for me it’s really simple. I just have to give the best I can every week, and that’s it. From my perspective, what I see as a driver is just everybody working very hard, and we get the results on the days when we can.”
Edwards has driven for Roush since 2003, when he was top rookie in NASCAR’s Truck Series for the squad, before being promoted to its Cup team halfway through the following year. He has taken 23 Cup race wins as well as twice finishing second in the points, including a tie-break for the 2011 title with Tony Stewart.
The 34-year-old Edwards took his first road course win at Sonoma last weekend. It came a week after a tough Michigan event in which Biffle’s 20th place was the best result for the off-the-pace Roush team.
“I hope the win picks the organization up a little bit, because [Michigan] was really the low point of the season in my opinion,” he admitted.