Three-time IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr., signed with SPEED this week to be an analyst on the popular weekend motor sports news program, SPEED Center. Hornish, who is competing this season in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Penske Racing, won the Indianapolis 500 in 2006 and recently became a Nationwide Series winner in Phoenix this past November.
“A driver with Sam’s résumé is a perfect fit for SPEED Center,” said SPEED President Scott Ackerson. “He adds a knowledgeable and credible voice across multiple racing disciplines, giving support to the show’s position as a motor sports authority.”
“SPEED Center is a true one-stop shop for race fans,” Hornish Jr., said. “If it’s going on at the race track, SPEED is talking about it and I’m really looking forward to being part of the team each weekend. This will be a lot of fun for me and a neat way to supplement what I am doing on the race track.”
Hornish began racing go-karts at age 11. Four years later he emerged victorious in the World Karting Association’s U.S. Grand National Championship. In 1996, Hornish moved to Formula Ford, spending more than two seasons in the U.S. Formula Ford 2000 Series before progressing to the Toyota Atlantic Championship.
In 2001, he won the first of his three IndyCar Series titles, winning the crown again in 2002 and 2006. Hornish has won races for Penske Racing in IndyCar, NASCAR Cup (All-Star Showdown) and the NASCAR Nationwide Series.
SPEED, anchored by its popular and wide-ranging coverage of NASCAR, is the nation’s first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle. Now available in nearly 84 million homes in North America, SPEED, a member of the FOX Sports Media Group, is among the industry leaders in interactive TV, video on demand, mobile initiatives and broadband services, including SPEED2, a groundbreaking new broadband network featuring live, streaming and on-demand events complementing offerings of the linear network. For more information, please visit SPEED.com, the online motor sports authority.
About FOX Sports Media Group
FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets under Chairman & CEO David Hill. Built with brands that are capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG now includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com on MSN, whatifsports.comand scout.com, reaching almost 30 million unique visitors monthly. Also included are Fox’s interests in joint-venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network, FOX Sports Skybox restaurants and FOX Sports Grills.