Royal Purple 300 at Auto Club Speedway Preview
(2.0-mile speedway, Fontana, Calif.)
Saturday, March 23, 2013 – 5:00pm ET

No.12 Wurth Ford Mustang driven by Sam Hornish Jr.
Primary Chassis:
PRS-247
Last Raced: New Chassis
Backup Chassis: PRS-245
Last Raced: New Chassis

CALIFORNIA DREAMING: Hornish is having a NASCAR career-best start of the season with a victory, a second, a fourth and a seventh-place finish through the first four events.

FOND OF FONTANA: Hornish has 12 starts across three different series (six in Cup, four in IndyCar and two in Nationwide) at Auto Club Speedway. He had a top-15 finish here in last year’s Nationwide Series race.

SPEED RECORD HOLDER: In 2003, Hornish set the fastest race record at Fontana by winning a 400 – mile IndyCar race at an average speed of 207.151 mph.

SEASON OF LEADING: Hornish has been at the top of the Nationwide Series point standings through the first four races as he currently has a 22 point lead over second-place.

SAM HORNISH, JR. NO. 12 WURTH FORD

WHAT COMES TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF FONTANA?
“Fontana is an excellent facility, I’ve had a couple of great races out there, and then I’ve had a few not so great days too. The way this team has been performing so far this season, and with the Ford Mustangs they’ve been giving me, I feel like we have a legitimate shot at this one. I’m looking forward to this weekend, and I will be doing my best to get our Wurth Mustang back in victory circle.”

DOES FONTANA PRESENT UNIQUE CHALLENGES?
“It is a big wide track with lots of places to pass, which is nice. Tire management is crucial at Fontana as over a long run they will fall off quite a bit. It is a horsepower track, which his good for us as our Ford Mustangs have considerable power.”

GREG ERWIN, CREW CHIEF NO. 12 WURTH FORD

HOW DO YOU FEEL HEADING INTO FONTANA?
“We are looking forward to this weekend at Fontana. It is a big wide open place, and I feel as though our Ford Mustang will be strong out there. Since we only come here once a year, this track presents challenges as the cars have undergone a lot of changes since last year. Overall, we feel like our Wurth Ford team is well prepared and we will continue to keep pushing and building momentum.”

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