Local racing star makes jump to elite NASCAR prospect

Roush Fenway Racing's Ty Majeski eyes next step in impressive young career

Six days shy of turning 22, Seymour, Wisconsin native Ty Majeski is already racing into the right rooms with the right people.

“I know Dale (Earnhardt) Jr. and Kyle Busch are a couple of NASCAR guys that had their eye on me,” Majeski admitted. “The Roush Fenway Racing development deal is obviously big for my career. Two years ago, I never thought I would be the position I am in now.”

The University of Wisconsin engineering student’s days at the La Crosse Fairgrounds speedway are certainly numbered. Majeski is not sure if he will return to school in the fall, as he awaits a finalized schedule beyond this summer under Roush.

The one certainty is a big one: Majeski is officially on board for this year’s 11-member NASCAR Next program.  

“Nowadays, it is really hard to get anywhere strictly on talent,” Majeski said. “I am not filthy rich by any means. I have done it the hard way by going out and winning the races.” 

“I like the fact that he is hard-working,” Roush Fenway Racing co-owner Jack Roush said. “He has good hand eye-coordination. He is ambitious and he is a true competitor. We look forward to one day having him in one of those Cup cars going down the road.”

Time may allow one more big Oktoberfest weekend run at the La Crosse Fairgrounds speedway. Majeski, however, knows more than anyone that a big change is right on his tail.

“One thing I learned is being a NASCAR driver is about 10 percent driving the race car and 90 percent is being a marketing person.  It is not necessarily a bad thing, it is just something that I have to get used to.”