One To Two to Three To Two: Sam Hornish Jr. led the series standings for the first seven races of 2013 and then held the second position, as far back as 58 points, for six races. He dropped to third in the standings for one race and now once again occupies second place, just eight points behind series leader Regan Smith.
Pony Express: In his second full-season of NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) competition, Hornish is enjoying the best season of his NASCAR career. Driving a Ford Mustang this year he has led 288 laps on the way to one victory, six top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
Locals Above And Below: The PPG Ford Mustang team spotter Tab Boyd hails from nearby Pensacola, Fla. and the team jackman, Aaron Walker, is originally from Mims, Fla.
Upward Mobility: Hornish started and finished second at the first Daytona race of this season. He and the No. 12 Penske Ford team are well positioned to improve on that as they look for the second win of the year.
With You All The Way: Going into this Friday night’s race at Daytona, the top-five places in the NASCAR Nationwide Series standings are separated by a mere 20 points. The outcome of Daytona will likely set the tone for the second half of the season and the No. 12 PPG Ford team is intent on continuing to challenge for the series title.
SAM HORNISH JR., NO. 12 PPG FORD MUSTANG
YOU ARE EIGHT POINTS OUT OF FIRST-PLACE, HOW DOES THAT AFFECT YOUR MINDSET GOING TO DAYTONA?
“We are grateful to be in contention at this point in the season. After the race last weekend in Kentucky, the top five spots in the standings are separated by just 20 points. Now the race at Daytona is kind of like a fresh start to the season – only this time the top contenders are there based off performance rather than speculation. Our PPG Ford Mustang team has proven to be a formidable competitor through the first 15 races. We enter this race with the benefit of the lessons from the first half of the season combined with the willingness to work and continually improve.”
GREG ERWIN, CREW CHIEF NO. 12 PPG FORD
IS THE SECOND DAYTONA OF THE SEASON DIFFERENT FROM THE FIRST?
“Other than the fact that we are racing at night instead of the day, not really. Our PPG Mustang will have speed and we know what we have to do to win. Racing under the lights does give that little extra touch of excitement and these restrictor plate races are always a fantastic show. We’ll do our best to be there at the end and take our shot at the win.”