1-2-3: Hornish has been at or near the top of the standings through the first 14 races of the NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) schedule; leading by as many as 28 points prior to Fontana and now sitting third as he trails 30 points behind leader, Regan Smith.
Two Time Winner: As an open-wheel man, Hornish posted two victories at Kentucky (2003 & 2006) in IZOD IndyCar competition. In his two NNS starts, he has a fourth-place average finish with a second-place being his best result in NASCAR competition.
Uniform Consistency: Heading into this weekend’s event at Kentucky, Hornish will visit Penske Racing partner, Cintas, at their nearby Mason, Ohio facility.
Summer Home Base: During the stretch of summer races in the Mid-west area, Hornish stays at his residence in Napoleon, Ohio which allows for a little time with his hometown family and friends.
Immediate Intermediate: The No. 12 Ford Mustang team has been focused on improving on intermediate tracks and feel as though they have made progress in this area.
KENTUCKY HAS BEEN A GOOD TRACK FOR YOU. WHY IS THAT?
“Our No. 12 Penske Truck Rental Ford has been good here at Kentucky. This will be my third start here in a Nationwide car. I feel like we have a solid base coming in and a clear idea of what to expect in the race. Back in my open-wheel days we won a couple of races here, so that makes it easy to like this place. One of our goals this year has been putting additional emphasis on the intermediate tracks, and I think that has shown this season. We feel like we are in a good place at the moment and we are working hard to keep improving.”
WHAT IS TOP OF MIND FOR YOU AT KENTUCKY?
“We’ve got speed in our Ford Mustangs pretty much wherever we go this year. Our qualifying efforts have been good – sometimes even better – at most places too. The main area where we need to improve is our in race adjustments, and that comes down to better communication. We have identified a few key areas and we’ve developed strategies to address them. Now we’re looking forward to the race and doing the work.”