IRL: Sam Hornish Jr 2004 year-end notes

Sam Hornish Jr. 6 2004 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota 2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series Statistics Number of Starts: 16 Laps Completed: 3000/3305 (91%) Front Row Starts: 2 Top-Three Finishes: 3 Wins: 1 Average Starting...

Sam Hornish Jr. 6 2004 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Toyota

2004 Indy Racing League IndyCar® Series Statistics
Number of Starts: 16
Laps Completed: 3000/3305 (91%)
Front Row Starts: 2
Top-Three Finishes: 3
Wins: 1
Average Starting Position: 5.7
Top-Five Finishes: 6
Average Finishing Position: 10.3
Top-Ten Finishes: 8
Laps Led: 301
Poles: 0

IndyCar Career Statistics
Indy Car Seasons: 5
Top-Three Finishes: 29 (43%)
Career Starts: 68
Races Led: 41 (60%)
Race Wins: 12
Laps Led: 2151
Poles: 5
Top-Ten Finishes: 45 (66%)
Wins From the Pole: 4

Fast Facts:

In his first season with Marlboro Team Penske, Hornish Jr. finished seventh in the 2004 IndyCar Series Championship point standings with 387 points. In his sixteen starts, Hornish Jr. earned one win, six top-five finishes, and led laps in eleven races for a total of 301 laps.

Hornish Jr. finished the 2004 season leading the Series in career wins (12); fourth place in top-five finishes (6); tied for second in races led (11); and sixth place in laps led (301).

At Pikes Peak International Raceway in August, Hornish Jr. led 67 laps, bringing his career total to 2,050 laps led. He became the first IndyCar Series driver to lead more than 2,000 laps in his career. To date, Hornish Jr. has led laps in 41of the 68 IndyCar Series races he's run for a career total of 2,151 laps led.

Hornish Jr.'s win at the season opener in Miami coupled with Marlboro Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves' second place finish marked Marlboro Team Penske's sixth 1-2 finish in the Indy Racing League and Team Penske's 33rd 1-2 finish in their history.

Hornish Jr.'s victory in Miami and Castroneves' win at the season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in October marked the only two victories for Toyota engines during the 2004 season.

In 2004, Marlboro Team Penske earned two front row sweeps (at Nazareth and the second race in Texas) for a total of five front row sweeps since the Team joined the IRL full-time in 2002.

Hornish Jr. holds the IndyCar Series record for most career wins (12), most victories in a single season (5), most career laps led (2,151) and most races led (41); he is tied for first in most wins from the pole (4).

In 2002, Hornish Jr., at age 22, became the first and only driver to win back-to-back IndyCar Series Championships.

Hornish Jr. scored a series-high five victories in the 2002 season, tied only with Buddy Lazier.

Hornish Jr. has finished in the top-five in 36 of the 68 (53%) races he's run since joining the IndyCar Series in 2000 including Miami, Texas, Nashville, Milwaukee, Michigan and Fontana 2004. He's finished in the top- ten in 45 of 68 races (66%).

In 2001, Hornish Jr. won the first two races of the season, becoming the youngest driver to ever win an IndyCar Series race. He went on to capture his first IndyCar Series Championship that season after beating second place Buddy Lazier by over 100 points.

In 2001, his first full season competing in IndyCar racing, Hornish Jr. set the following records: led laps in 11 of the 13 races run (85%), setting a series record for most laps led with 765; he was the only driver running at the end of every race; and he led the Series in earnings with $2,477,025.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Buddy Lazier , Helio Castroneves , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske