Sam Hornish Jr.
Birth Date: July, 2, 1979
Birth Place: Defiance, OH
Residence: Napoleon, OH
Height: 6′ 0″
Primary Sponsor: Alliance Truck Parts/WURTH
Car: Ford Mustang
Crew Chief: Greg Erwin
Sam Hornish, Jr. returns for his seventh season of NASCAR competition with Penske Racing in 2013 as the driver of the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts / WURTH Ford Mustang.
After finishing the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series season in fourth place of the final standings, Hornish, Jr. is once again poised to challenge for victories and contend for a championship this season.
As he enters this year with great hopes and expectations, Hornish, Jr. can rely on his many successful years of motorsports experience to help guide him in what he believes will be a year of racing renaissance.
The 33 year-old Hornish, Jr. remembers growing up racing with his father while his mother helped run the family business in his native Ohio. Advancing through the racing ranks en route to the IndyCar Series, he credits the support of his family for the unprecedented success he achieved at a young age.
Although Hornish, Jr. is a world-class race car driver, he hasn’t forgotten his roots and is actively involved in giving back to the sport and his community. In his hometown of Defiance, Ohio, he was involved in the creation of a senior center as well as the addition of a heart center at the Defiance Medical Center. He also turned his love of bowling into a successful charity campaign at the fall race weekend at Texas Motor Speedway. In conjunction with Speedway Children’s Charities, Hornish, Jr. has raised over $500,000 to benefit the children of north Texas.
Hornish, Jr. also enjoys customizing vehicles. His collection includes a 1930 Model A Ford, 1951 Mercury, 1955 Chevrolet Del Ray, 1965 Cadillac Coupe de Ville, and 1967 Chevrolet pick-up truck as well as a Corvette ZO6 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.
Hornish divides his time between Napoleon, Ohio and Mooresville, North Carolina. He and his wife, Crystal, have two daughters, Addison and Eliza.