-- Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 27 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, will attempt to qualify for his first ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Thursday. -- Hornish has never raced a stock car at Michigan, but he was the ...
-- Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 27 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, will attempt to qualify for his first ARCA RE/MAX Series race at Michigan International Speedway on Thursday.
-- Hornish has never raced a stock car at Michigan, but he was the fastest during the one-day ARCA test on May 29. He posted a lap time of 30.09 seconds, 184.190 mph, a mere eight-tenths of a second slower than the qualifying record set in 2004.
-- Home for Hornish. An Ohio native and resident, Hornish lives about an hour from the speedway and calls MIS his home track.
-- Although Hornish has never won at Michigan, he has two open-wheel victories at California, the sister track to MIS. Out of five IndyCar Series starts at the 2-mile oval, Hornish has three top-5 and four top-10 finishes.
-- Hornish will return to MIS for the IndyCar and Busch Series races in August. If he qualifies for the NBS event, Hornish will be the first driver to compete in all three events in a single season at his home track.
-- Chassis PRS-087 will be used this weekend, its second run at Michigan. This car, driven by Ryan Newman, started fifth and finished 12th in the 2005 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup event. Newman also drove this car at Kansas in 2006 when he started 15th and finished 24th. The backup car is chassis PRS-046. It has a long history dating back to 2002. Its most recent race was at Atlanta in October 2006 when Newman started 17th and finished 30th.
Hornish On Michigan: "We definitely run a different line here in than what the Indy Cars do and it's a little bit bumpier, but it's fun. I like this track. I've always liked Michigan and California. The fact that we were going to run here was what I was most excited about regarding the Busch program. Hopefully, we'll have a good race here and we'll see what happens."