Atlanta: Sam Hornish Jr preview

Mobil 1 Team News and Notes of Interest * Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway with the momentum of a strong intermediate-track run in Las Vegas under his belt. Last fall,...

Mobil 1 Team News and Notes of Interest

* Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway with the momentum of a strong intermediate-track run in Las Vegas under his belt. Last fall, Hornish earned a 24th-place finish at Atlanta after an early race deficit caused by an accident on lap three.

* Last weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Hornish captured a 16th-place finish for the Mobil 1 team after a solid run in the Nevada desert. Hornish ran inside the top-10 for most of the first half of the race and overcame adversity, including a one-lap deficit, to finish well inside the top-20 in the running order.

* Hornish has two Sprint Cup Series starts and one Nationwide Series start at Atlanta Motor Speedway. In addition, he has one IndyCar Series start at the 1.54-mile quad-oval. In total, Hornish has produced two top-10 starts at Atlanta to go along with one top-five and two top-15 finishes.

* The Mobil 1 team will unload PRS-571 this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. This chassis was last raced by Hornish in 2008 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (finished 21st) and Kansas Speedway (finished 33rd). The backup car, PRS-591, was last raced by Hornish at Phoenix International Raceway in November 2008.

* Hornish will be on hand to sign autographs at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer on Sunday, March 8 from 10:30 -11a.m. EST.

Sam Hornish Jr. on Atlanta Motor Speedway

"Atlanta Motor Speedway is different from Las Vegas even though they are both intermediate tracks. The track surface at Atlanta is more porous than at Las Vegas and you will see the tires fall off much more this weekend and the cars will lose speed. Because of that, you have to be patient and race at a different pace in an effort to save your tires and be better at the end of long runs.

"I really like racing at Atlanta Motor Speedway because it is a fast track with multiple lines. You can race anywhere from the white line to the wall which allows you to find a place to pass. This No. 77 team ran well in Atlanta last fall but didn't get the finish we deserved. We are definitely looking to build upon a solid start to the 2009 season."

Crew Chief Travis Geisler on Atlanta Motor Speedway

"The Mobil 1 team has been steadily improving its results over the past three weeks and we are all excited to get to Atlanta and keep the progress going. We had a good tire test at the speedway in January, and with what we have learned the past couple of weeks, I feel confident that we will have a good car to race with on Sunday. I really like going to Atlanta because the track has so much character, you can race from top to bottom and find ways to pass if your car is hooked up."

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR Sprint Cup
Drivers Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske