STP 400 at Kansas Speedway
Starting Position: 4
Finishing Position: 37
Status : Accident
· Sam Hornish, Jr. and the No. 12 SKF Ford Fusion team started the race from the fourth position after lapping the 1.5 mile oval in 28.213 seconds at 191.401 mph during Friday’s qualifying.
· Early in the race, Hornish ran inside the top five while battling a Ford Fusion that was loose handling while exiting the corners.
· During a lap 74 pit stop, one of the car’s tires rolled out of the pit box which resulted in a penalty that dropped the No. 12 SKF machine to the back of the field.
· Hornish was able to work his way up into the top-20 before the car developed a loose-handling condition the No. 12 team continued to fight.
· In the second half of the race, Hornish made unavoidable contact with a competitor that spun directly in front of him which resulted in terminal damage to the No. 12 SKF Ford and a 37th-place finish.
WHAT DID YOU SEE PRIOR TO THE CONTACT?
“I couldn’t see anything. I saw the back of the 34 or the 38 (car), I’m not sure which one, and then I saw the 9 sitting sideways right at the exit of the corner. I lifted and turned down, which made the hit to the inside wall pretty hard.” – Sam Hornish, Jr.
HOW WAS YOUR DAY PRIOR TO THE CONTACT?
“It’s too bad for the guys that work on this SKF Penske Ford. I just wish we could have done a little better. We got off our strategy early and these races are so much about track position and how you are running through the tires – whether you are taking two or four tires – we got ourselves off sequence and just couldn’t make it back up again.” – Sam Hornish, Jr.
A LOT OF CARS SPINNING TODAY, WHY WAS THAT?
“I don’t know. It was really free out there. There was a point where we were really good on the restart and could go for 10 laps, and then the car would get really free into and off of the corners, and then after about 20 laps it would be fine for about 15 laps and then it would go free again. I think it had something to do with the rubber going down, the sunlight on the track and Turn 2 was just pretty tough for a lot of people.” – Sam Hornish Jr.