Fontana II: Sam Hornish Jr. preview

On Thursday, October 7, Hornish will participate in the AAA/Stater Bros. Racefest at Auto Club Speedway, where he will sign for fans from 5:45 -- 7:30 p.m. PDT. He will also be on hand to answer fan questions trackside at the Auto Club display in...

On Thursday, October 7, Hornish will participate in the AAA/Stater Bros. Racefest at Auto Club Speedway, where he will sign for fans from 5:45 -- 7:30 p.m. PDT. He will also be on hand to answer fan questions trackside at the Auto Club display in the DiscoverIE FanZone from 8:30 -- 9 a.m. on Sunday, October 10.

Sam Hornish Jr.:

Does the change in weather conditions from the spring to the fall affect how teams run at Auto Club Speedway?

"The one thing about California, we tend to run well there every spring race but we seem to have some problems in the fall race. We're trying to figure out what the difference has been; I think it has a lot to do with how temperatures affect the track with it being hotter in the fall. Hopefully we'll get it figured out a little better this year."

"I think our Penske cars work better when the temperatures are cooler and the tracks have more grip. The front ends generally work a little better. That's something that we've continued to work on -- making the front ends turn better. When it's hotter outside and the tracks are slick, it is harder for us to get our cars tuned in."

Crew Chief Travis Geisler:

What are your thoughts on this weekend's race at Auto Club Speedway?

"Auto Club Speedway is a tough track because the speeds are very high but the track does not have a lot of banking to help the cars corner. It is very important to have a car that is comfortable getting into the corner and have good rear traction on the exit of the corner. The track has some bumps that make ride quality very important as well. We look forward to the trip out west and we hope to get the Mobil 1 Dodge up front at the end of the 400-mile race."

-source: penske racing

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr.