Fourth and 14: Just 14 points separate Hornish from the top position in the series standings, a spot he has held for eight races this year. He currently sits a season low fourth after a 34th –place result last weekend at Indianapolis.
Three Point Five: Over the last two races at Iowa Hornish has a 3.5 average finish as he finished fourth in this year’s spring race and third at this event last summer.
Healing Time: Heading into this weekend’s event at Iowa, Hornish will make a visit at the Mercy Children’s Hospital in Toledo, which is located close to his native Defiance, Ohio.
High Notes: Through 19 NASCAR Nationwide Series races in 2013, Hornish has the highest driver rating (108.6), leads in Fastest Laps Run (285) and has led the most of laps (405) of the series regular drivers.
Gopenske.com: The No. 12 Penske Ford Mustang is flying the Penske Truck Rental colors this weekend at Iowa. It also features the #OneWay4PVA campaign which supports Mission: ABLE and Paralyzed Veterans of America. Through Memorial Day 2014, customers have the option to donate a dollar when they pick up their one-way rental. Penske Truck Rental will match every dollar donated by its one-way customers.
SAM HORNISH JR., NO. 12 PENSKE TRUCK RENTAL FORD
YOU HAVE HAD A COUPLE OF GOOD RUNS AT IOWA. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THIS RACE?
“We’ve run a lot better than our results show. Our No. 12 Penske Ford Mustang was fast here in the spring race. We qualified second, led laps early in the race, and finished fourth despite getting caught out on a two-tire change going into a long green flag run. This is another one of those places where we feel as though we are more than capable of winning. Iowa is a fun place to race. I like the way the track drives and racing under the lights is always a good time.”
GREG ERWIN, NO. 12 PENSKE TRUCK RENTAL FORD CREW CHIEF
COMING OFF OF A TOUGH WEEKEND, DOES THAT CHANGE YOUR APPROACH TO THIS WEEKEND?
“We look at last weekend just long enough to understand what we need to learn and improve on as a team. There are 14 races to go and this team has its eyes focused on Iowa right now. We garnered valuable information at the spring race here. We’ve also done some short-track testing that provided us with a direction that will be beneficial this weekend at Iowa. Our Penske Truck Rental Ford will be fast, and we are more determined than ever to make the most of this non-companion race weekend and begin climbing our way back up the standings.”