Back To The Front: After relinquishing the top spot in the series title chase to Regan Smith after Richmond, Sam Hornish Jr. has once again assumed the points lead with a strong second-place run last weekend at Chicagoland Speedway.
Unique Distinction: As a NASCAR driver, Hornish’s best performance at Indianapolis came last year in the Nationwide Series inaugural Indy 250. Hornish is one of only two active NASCAR drivers that have won the Indianapolis 500 and the only active Nationwide Series driver to do so.
Wearing Wurth: The No. 12 Penske Ford Mustang will once again be adorned in the red and white of Wurth for this weekend’s Indiana 250.
Another Dash: Predicated on his second place finish at Chicago last weekend, Hornish will make his second appearance as a DASH4CASH driver at Indianapolis the weekend.
Leading By Example: Through 18 races, Hornish has led more laps (405) and turned more fastest laps (279) than any other full-time NNS competitor.
No Rest At The Top: In between the races at Chicago and Indianapolis, Hornish tested at Toledo Speedway on Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesday, he traveled to Syracuse, NY for an Alliance Truck Parts appearance.
SAM HORNISH JR., NO. 12 WURTH FORD
BEING AN INDIANAPOLIS 500 WINNING DRIVER, WHAT WOULD A WIN MEAN IN STOCK CAR MEAN TO YOU?
“Winning is always memorable, but winning at Indianapolis has additional prestige because the Indianapolis Motor Speedway has a heritage that is unparalleled in U.S. motorsports. My mom went to the Indy 500 when she was pregnant with me and some of my fondest childhood memories involve coming to this track with my family. To win here in the Nationwide Series would be amazing in ways that are difficult to articulate. It will be great to be able to win here in two different series. And I am grateful that I have that opportunity. We are going to do our best to find out exactly what it would mean this Saturday.”
YOU ARE BACK ON TOP OF THE SERIES STANDINGS, HOW DOES THAT FEEL?
“It feels good. As I’ve said all along, we have fast Ford Mustangs and a strong team. We’ve had a lot of strong performances and a couple of off days. This championship is very tight, and it is going to come down to consistency. We know what we have to do and we know we’re capable of getting the job done.”