THE SCENE OF THE TIME: Hornish’s first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory came in the fall of 2011 at PIR and he returns to the venue sitting atop the Nationwide Series point standings for the first time in his career.
SOME MOMENTUM: Riding the momentum of his best-ever, second-place finish at Daytona, Hornish is primed to capitalize on his strong start to the season as he returns to short-track racing at a circuit that favors his driving style.
WINNING WAYS: One Hornish has earned victories in Nationwide Series and IndyCar Series competition at Phoenix and his first race at the track was in 1996 in Formula Ford 2000.
YOU’VE BEEN VERY SUCCESSFUL AT PHOENIX, WHY?
“I’ve always enjoyed tracks that are very different from end to end. I call them compromise tracks since you generally set your car up to be good on one end and then you just do your best to get through the other end. Of course some of that success is also having equipment and a team that is capable of winning, which we have with our Penske Racing Ford Mustang.” – Sam Hornish Jr.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE NATIONWIDE SERIES POINTS LEADER?
“We had a good run in Daytona, which we feel good about, and now we are getting to a track where we feel that we are capable of running well. So I feel great.” – Sam Hornish Jr.
WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS RACE?
“Sam and I are working together a lot to help us both be better prepared for the races. Our first race went very well, but we still have a lot to improve on. We are trying to raise the bar at every level of the program and communicate very clearly and honestly on our thoughts about the team’s performance.” – Crew chief Greg Erwin