IRL: Team Penske Pit Notes 2006-11-30

PIT NOTES November 30, 2006 TEAM PENSKE IN THE NEWS Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves is featured in the November issue of Vogue Hombre, the Latin American version of Men's Vogue, in a special feature honoring the "50 Most ...

PIT NOTES
November 30, 2006

TEAM PENSKE IN THE NEWS

Two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Helio Castroneves is featured in the November issue of Vogue Hombre, the Latin American version of Men's Vogue, in a special feature honoring the "50 Most Elegant Men." The South Florida resident ranked 13th on this distinguished list, which features some of the most recognized Latin men in the world including actor Andy Garcia, film director Robert Rodriguez and television actor Wilmer Valderrama.

In addition, Sam Hornish Jr. is currently featured in the January issue of RC Driver Magazine, talking about one of his favorite hobbies.

The feature includes an in-depth interview about his collection as well as several photos highlighting his fleet of remote controlled cars including a replica Hornish Bros. semi-truck modeled after the ones used in his family's trucking business, Hornish Bros., Inc.

SAM HORNISH JR. FEATURED IN BOOK

2006 was quite a successful year for Sam Hornish Jr. Not only did he win a record third IndyCar® Series Championship and earn Penske Racing's record 14th victory at the Indianapolis 500, but now he has something new to add to his resume.

Hornish Jr. is the topic of a new book, A Passion for Victory, published by his hometown newspaper, The Crescent-News (Defiance, OH). The book features a photographic retrospective of Hornish Jr.'s racing career, beginning with his early karting days and culminating with his 2006 Indianapolis 500 victory and record third IndyCar Series Championship. The book also includes an introduction by Mike King, Chief Announcer, for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Radio Network.

DECK THE HALLS

This holiday season, Sam Hornish Jr. is not only decorating his Christmas tree, but he's helping many others in his area trim theirs as well.

The 27 year-old Defiance, OH native recently purchased 500 commemorative Christmas ornaments from the 90th running of the Indianapolis 500 in order to help raise money for the Defiance Senior Center, which is currently in development. Hornish Jr. signed each of the ornaments and donated them to the Senior Center's fundraising efforts so that they could be sold with the proceeds going towards the estimated $3.5 million needed to build the center.

HORNISH JR. HITS THE LANES FOR CHARITY

2006 IndyCar Series Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. was in Toledo on Monday to kick-off his latest philanthropic venture -- his participation in Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

Hornish Jr. has been named Honorary Chair of Big Brothers/ Big Sisters in Northwest Ohio for 2007. As part of his role in the organization, Hornish Jr. is helping to promote "Bowl for Kids Sake 2007" a four-day, 500-team bowling tournament scheduled for next February. The tournament has set a goal to raise $200,000 for the Northwest Ohio organization. Monday's event served as a kick-off for the tournament to create awareness and begin the registration process. Hornish Jr. was in attendance and put on a brief bowling exhibition with local Big Brothers/Big Sisters participants.

"Monday's event was a lot of fun and it seems like there's already significant buzz around the tournament," said Hornish Jr. "I'm really looking forward to February and I hope Big Brothers/Big Sisters is able to reach its fundraising goal. I think the program is invaluable to the community of Northwest Ohio as it provides role models on a local level. I'm proud to have been selected as the honorary chair of the program in 2007 and I'm definitely excited to make it stronger than ever."

CASTRONEVES LOOKS TO EARN BRAZILIAN STOCK CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

Helio Castroneves' Brazilian Stock Car Team, NasrCastroneves Racing, continued its quest for a Championship two weeks ago in Rio de Janeiro where team driver Hoover Orsi moved into second place in the point standings after earning a third-place finish in the event. Orsi now trails Series leader, Caca Bueno, by just two points heading into the season finale on December 10th in Sao Paulo. Castroneves will be on-hand for the final race in his native Brazil to support his team as they attempt to earn their firstever Championship.

"The race in Rio was great for us because Orsi finished well ahead of the drivers we're competing against in the Championship," Castroneves said. "We just need to carry this momentum into the last race at our home track and hope we can win the Championship. It would mean a lot to me and the Team to be able to bring home the title after such a great season."

-credit: mtp

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Hoover Orsi , Robert Rodriquez , Caca Bueno , Sam Hornish Jr.
Teams Team Penske , Team Penske