- Sam Hornish, Jr.
Infobox NASCAR driver
Name = Samuel Jon Hornish, Jr.
Birthdate = birth date and age|1979|7|2
Birthplace = Bryan,
Hometown = Bryan,
Cup_Car_Team = #77 -
Previous_Year = 2007
Prev_Cup_Pos = 62nd | Best_Cup_Pos = 62nd - 2007 (Nextel Cup)
Cup_Wins = 0
Cup_Top_Tens = 0
Cup_Poles = 0
First_Cup_Race = 2007
Checker Auto Parts 500(Phoenix)
Busch_Car_Team = #12 -
Best_Busch_Pos = 57th - 2007 (Busch Series)
First_Busch_Race = 2006
Arizona Travel 200(Phoenix)
Busch_Wins = 0
Busch_Top_Tens = 0
Busch_Poles = 0
Achievements = 2001, 2002, 2006
Samuel Jon Hornish, Jr. (born
July 2, 1979in Bryan, Ohio) is an American race car driver. He is best known for his open wheel accomplishments, which include an Indianapolis 500 victory and three Indy Racing Leaguechampionships. He currently drives the #77 Mobil 1Dodge for Penske Racingin NASCAR's Sprint Cup Series.
Hornish began racing at the age of 11 in
go-karts. After competing in junior leagues for various seasons, he joined the World Karting Associationin 1993, winning seven races and posting twenty-nine top-five finishes. The following season, he won several championships in WKA, including the U.S. and Canadian Grand Championships, as well as the U.S. Junior Class Grand Championship. In 1995, he repeated his U.S. Grand National title and won nine races. He would move up to the United States F2000 Series, driving six races for his family-owned team, and had one top-ten finish at Watkins Glen International. He joined Bordin Racingin 1997 and had two eleventh-place finishes, before signing with Primus Racing. He had a second-place run at Pikes Peak International Racewayand finished seventh in points.
In 1999, Hornish moved to the
Toyota Atlantic Seriesto drive for Shank Racing. He won Rookie of the Year after getting his victory at Chicago Motor Speedway. He also drove the 24 Hours of Daytonafor Intersport Racing.
He first raced in the IRL in 2000 with the
PDM Racingteam, with a best finish of third. However, he switched to Panther Racingfor the next season and improved enough to take the title from reigning champion Buddy Lazier. In 2002 the Penske team switched from Champ Car, and Sam was able to beat their top driver Hélio Castronevesto his second title. Along the way, Hornish beat Al Unser, Jr.by .0024 of a second in the Delphi Indy 300 in Chicago, possibly the closest race in auto history until the 2007 Indy Pro Season when Logan Gomezbeat teammate and champion Alex Lloyd at the same racetrack by only 0.0005 sec, or 1.65 inches.
In 2003, most of the established top US open-wheel teams were now racing in the series, with
Hondaand Toyotaproviding engines superior to the established Chevroletunit Panther used. As a result, Cosworthwas called in to supply a replacement engine informally dubbed the "Chevworth", with which Sam was a winner again, finishing 5th in the 2003 standings. For 2004 he moved to Penske, winning the season-opener but finding that Honda engines, and not Penske's Toyotas, were now the engine of choice. 2005 was an improvement, as he finished third to Dan Wheldonand Tony Kanaanin the standings and the top placement of any driver not driving for Andretti Green Racing.
May 28, 2006, after starting on the pole for the 2006 Indianapolis 500, Hornish became the first driver to ever overtake for the lead on the race's final lap, ultimately winning the race in the last 450 feet by a 0.0635-second margin over rookie Marco Andretti. Also in that year, he won the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Scott BraytonAward, awarded annually to the driver best exemplifying a spirit of tenacity as well as friendliness amongst the race's participants. Hornish went on to win the 2006 IRL championship in the final race of the season by a tiebreaker over defending champ Dan Wheldon. He became the first 3-time champion in IRL history. In 2007, he only won one race at Texas, and finished fifth in points.
October 28, 2006, Hornish announced that he would attempt to run the final two 2006 NASCAR Busch Seriesraces for Penske Racing, as well as select events in 2007. In his first two Busch starts, Hornish wrecked his #39 Mobil 1Dodge both times, and did not finish better than 36th. In 2007, his car was switched to the #12, and he competed in seven Busch races, his best finish being a 15th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Beginning in fall 2007, he started attempting Nextel Cup races in the #06 for Penske, and made only two races (at Phoneix International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway).
He will drive the #77 full-time for Penske in Sprint Cup in 2008 with Mobil 1 sponsorship. In his first Daytona 500 he had a great race, finishing 15th. Teammates Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch finished first and second; to giving Roger Penske his first 1,2 finish in NASCAR. After the race Roger Penske said, "It is nice to see Sam display some of his racing talent in the biggest race in NASCAR." After struggling to make his first NASCAR Cup Series events; Phoenix where he finished 30th and Homestead where he finished 37th, after the 2008 Daytona 500 he admitted that even he was surprised to see himself running in the top-10 most of the day. He also said, "I wish they would have started the race about two hours sooner, so it still could have been sunny out. If the sun had never gone down, we would have had a better chance. Once the sun goes down, everybody starts getting more and more evenly matched up, because there's not all that worry about the tires sliding around so much because of the heat."
At the May All-Star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway Hornish finished second in the Sprint Showdown to earn a start in the All-Star race. Hornish finished 7th.
NASCAR Sprint Cup results
() (Races in bold indicate pole position)
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* [http://www.racing-reference.info/driver?id=hornisa01 Stock car statistics]
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