Good Gets Better: In his last four NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) starts at Chicagoland Speedway, Hornish has a 3.8-average starting position and a 5.2-average finish. At his most recent Chicago start, Hornish started first and led 53 laps on his way to a second-place finish.
Other Formula For Success: Chicagoland was an extraordinary track for Hornish during his open-wheel racing days. In his seven starts at the venue he had an average start of 4.0 and his average finish was 2.7; including two victories (2002 & 2003) and six top-three finishes.
Consistency Leads The Way: Through 25 NASCAR Nationwide Series starts this season, Hornish has held the top-spot in the series standings for 12 races. As the season winds down, Hornish’s consistency will factor in his continued success. He currently has a series leading 9.5 average finish – the best among series regulars.
Back In Red, White And Black: This weekend Hornish and the No. 12 Penske Ford team will be adorned in Wurth regalia. It will be the sixth race of the season for the No. 12 Wurth Ford Mustang as they look to once again add to their lead in the championship standings.
Rising Stock In Stock Cars: Hornish is enjoying his best-ever season in NASCAR competition. The decorated veteran driver, backed by a strong team and savvy crew chief, has demonstrated the speed and consistency necessary to earn top finishes. Throughout the 2013 Nationwide Series season he has been a looming and credible threat to capture his first-ever NASCAR title.
Flat Out Off Track: As a guy that has the need for speed, Hornish has been looking into a way to go faster. His father, Sam Sr., recently purchased a car to run at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Hornish says he has driven 248 mph in an IndyCar and he thinks that 400 mph is a goal of his in the future.
SAM HORNISH, JR. NO. 12 WURTH FORD
YOU WERE STRONG AT THE LAST CHICAGO RACE, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEKEND?
“We did have fast Ford Mustang at Chicago. We were leading with just a few laps to go and then we had a yellow for a blown engine. Joey (Logano) got me on the restart and we had to settle for second place. That was a tough one for sure, after leading quite a few laps and then ending up second. Looking to this weekend, we are in a great spot. This Wurth Ford crew has been giving me fast cars and great pit stops. As long as we continue building on what we have been doing, we will be in great shape at the end of the race.”
GREG ERWIN, CREW CHIEF NO. 12 WURTH FORD
THE TEAM IS LEADING THE POINTS AND HEADING TO THE FIRST OF A STRING OF INTERMEDIATE TRACKS, WHAT IS YOUR OUTLOOK?
“This team is hitting its stride. We are bringing the same Ford Mustang that we ran here the last time. We earned the pole, led laps and finished second at the summer race with this car. Our Wurth Ford has been fast on these intermediate tracks and the Penske Racing crew has been executing well. While we still have room to improve, overall our outlook is one of determined optimism.”