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Sam Hornish Jr. Auto Club Team News and Notes of Interest * Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Auto Club Dodge Charger, will debut the Auto Club of Southern California paint scheme this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. The ...

Sam Hornish Jr.

Auto Club Team News and Notes of Interest

* Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Auto Club Dodge Charger, will debut the Auto Club of Southern California paint scheme this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. The Automobile Club of Southern California and its affiliated clubs (AAA) have joined the Penske Racing partner family as primary sponsor of the No. 77 car for three events in 2009 and as co-primary for an additional two races.

* Hornish has a total of seven starts at Auto Club Speedway across the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, Nationwide Series and IndyCar Series resulting in two wins and four top-five finishes.

* On Thursday, February 19, Hornish will visit the Auto Club headquarters in Costa Mesa, Calif., to meet with employees and kick off the race weekend at Auto Club Speedway.

* Hornish will appear at the Auto Club Speedway Fan Zone on Saturday, February 21 at 11:45 a.m. PST and at the Auto Club display in the Fan Zone on Sunday, February 22 at 11:20 a.m. PST.

Sam Hornish Jr. on Auto Club Speedway

"I have had success at Auto Club Speedway in the IndyCar Series and really enjoy racing there. I feel that this team has room to improve on our 2008 effort in Fontana and I believe we have the car to do it. In order to be successful, teams have to be able to keep up with the track as it changes. Tire wear is also a factor as tires tend to go away over the long run at Auto Club Speedway.

"I am proud to have the Automobile Club of Southern California join our team as primary sponsor this weekend. This is their home race at their home track and I am excited to represent them on Sunday and throughout the season. Hopefully, we will be able to bring home a solid finish for the employees and members of the Auto Club and its affiliated clubs nationwide."

Crew Chief Travis Geisler on Auto Club Speedway

"Everyone at the shop has been working hard to get prepared for the intermediate-track races coming up and we are excited to get the 'regular season' started at Auto Club Speedway. The Auto Club Dodge looks great and we are excited to debut the paint scheme in front their home crowd. We look forward to giving them something to cheer about on Sunday."

-credit: pr

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Series NASCAR Cup
Drivers Travis Geisler , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis
Teams Team Penske