The Johnsonville Sausage 200 at Road America (4.04 mile road course Elkhart Lake, Wis.) June 22, 2013
THE RACE REVIEW
· Hornish started the event from the eighth position based on his Saturday morning qualifying effort. He lapped the 4.04 mile 14-Turn road course in 134.348 seconds at an average speed of 108.471 mph.
· During the opening laps of the race made cautious but steady progress as he advanced to fourth by lap seven.
· As the field cycled through the first round of pit stops Hornish advanced to the third spot at lap 19, and then assumed the lead at lap 31 by staying on the racing surface as most of the field pitted.
· At lap 33 Hornish relinquished the lead as he pitted to stay on a safe fuel strategy.
· As Hornish left the pit lane, it was determined that he exceeded the pit lane speed limit and had to serve a drive-through penalty. This resulted in Hornish dropping back to 32nd in the running order.
· Over the ensuing laps Hornish made a spirited charge towards the front – driving from 32nd to 14th in just 10 laps.
· At lap 39 while running 22nd the Hornish pitted under yellow to clear the grille of debris he picked up while avoiding contact. During this stop, he topped off the fuel tank and took on four fresh tires.
· A series of late race cautions extended the 50 lap event as it took two green-white-checkers to complete the race.
· Hornish was able to hustle his Snap-on Ford to a fifth-place finish.
· The top-five finish closed the gap to point leader Regan Smith, yet resulted in Hornish slipping to third in the point standings just two points out of second.
Start Position: 3
Finish Position: 9
Current Driver Points Position: 2
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
SAM HORNISH, JR. CAN YOU SUMMARIZE YOUR RACE?
“We had a fast Ford Mustang for the first 100 laps of the race. We were able to run in the top-three for much of the night, but during the last half of the race our Penske Truck Rental Ford lost pace. We made adjustments over the course of the race, but we did not stay ahead of the track conditions. Then the rain came, and that took away any chance we had of working our way back to the front. It is a little frustrating to run that strong early in the race, and then finish ninth. The good news is that tonight’s top-10 was enough to move us up to second in the point standings, and we are only eight points out of the lead.
There is still a lot of racing to do this year, and as we witnessed tonight this championship is going to come down to consistent top-finishes. We are in a good spot right now, and we’re going to keep working to improve.”