CLOSE TO HOME: While this race allows drivers and crews alike to stay home, it is an unusually busy race week for Hornish. He will be participating in the King’s Cup for the Paralyzed Veterans of America on Tuesday and appearing at a Snap-on function on Friday at the Penske Racing facility, along with his usual weekend appearances and driving duties.
POSITIONED TO IMPROVE: While Hornish occupies second place in the Nationwide Series, he and the team feel that as they head into the middle stretch of the season they are in an excellent position to make up ground in the series standings.
SNAPPY PAINT SCHEME: This weekend the No. 12 features Snap-on as the primary sponsor. The car has been very popular with the fans on Sam’s Facebook page and many of them have decided it is their new favorite look for the Mustang driven by Hornish.
GOODYEAR TO GIVE BACK: Goodyear tire is running a special commemorative tire for this weekend’s race to support the Goodyear Gives Back program which gathers items to send to our troops abroad.
INDIGENOUS TALENT: Front-tire changer, Dennis Terry is from nearby Shelby, NC. He is the only crew member on the No. 12 Penske Ford crew from North Carolina.
SAM HORNISH, JR. NO. 12 SNAP-ON FORD
WHY DO DRIVERS LOOK FORWARD TO RACING AT CHARLOTTE?
“There are several reasons why we like racing at Charlotte, but it comes down to bragging rights as much as anything. It’s a tough track, has a lot of history and it is home base to a large majority of the race teams. Everyone wants to win at Charlotte. I really like the speed we’ve had on the mile-and-a-half tracks with our Ford Mustangs this year. That gives us a lot of confidence heading into this weekend. We have a really cool Snap-on paint scheme on the car that would look great in Victory Lane.”
GREG ERWIN, CREW CHIEF NO. 12 SNAP-ON FORD
HOW ARE YOU APPROACHING THIS WEEKEND’S RACE AT CHARLOTTE?
“We are really looking forward to this weekend, not only because we have Snap-on with us but Charlotte gets us back in to the mind set and the race cars that have been good to us this year. The intermediate tracks have been our bread and butter. It’s always fun to race in front of our home town fans and family. We realize we are in a hole with the outcome of the last several weeks, a little behind on the points lead but we look to get back in to that this weekend. We have four hours of extra practice tomorrow at the speedway that I think is really going to help us get our car a lot closer and know a lot more where we are at.”