Sam Hornish Chicagoland preview

Hornish showing promise in True Value IROC at Chicagoland Speedway JOLIET, Ill. (July 10, 2002) - "Within four laps he was up to speed and passing us. I don't know how you would stop this kid," said True Value IROC test driver, Jim Sauter after...

Hornish showing promise in True Value IROC at Chicagoland Speedway

JOLIET, Ill. (July 10, 2002) - "Within four laps he was up to speed and passing us. I don't know how you would stop this kid," said True Value IROC test driver, Jim Sauter after touring the 2001 Indy Racing League champion, Sam Hornish around Chicagoland Speedway. Hornish spent the better part of the day practicing in the True Value IROC cars for the upcoming race this Saturday.

Of his first time in a stock car at Chicagoland, Hornish said, "It's really been a lot of fun here today. Having a car right in front of you didn't affect the car as much as I thought it would. It's really a neat experience because it feels so fast. When we went to California Speedway, you were out there running pretty quick laps, but it really didn't feel as fast as this, which is really fun. I think it's going to be a good race, I'm looking forward to it."

Other veteran test drivers, Dave Marcis and Dick Trickle were in agreement with Jim Sauter about Sam's performance. Hornish spent time in a few different practice cars in order to get a feel for whatever minor nuances may exist among them. "The cars are really equal in speed, but you may find that one car reacts a little differently coming off a corner than another car and that's just a matter of making minor adjustments to your driving style. That's something you may have to adjust for in the car you get for the race," said Hornish.

As is typical for driver practice sessions, Marcis, Sauter and Trickle made sure Hornish came away with the experience of running in all the groves, which is also necessary experience for race day. "I feel like I'm doing OK running out there with the four practice cars, but the real test will be on Saturday, when you've got all 12 cars running the race."

True Value IROC, Race 3 practice will continue on Thursday at Chicagoland Speedway. Also, on Thursday, NASCAR Winston Cup driver, Kevin Harvick will draw the car color assignments for the field, which will be broadcast on ESPN2's RPM 2Night at 6:00 p.m. CDT/7:00 p.m. EDT.

Second in the True Value IROC point standings, Harvick is the defending race winner of the True Value IROC Series and Chicagoland Speedway's 2001 inaugural NASCAR Tropicana 400.

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Series IROC
Drivers Dick Trickle , Kevin Harvick , Dave Marcis , Jim Sauter , Sam Hornish Jr.