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Hornish Finishes 42nd in Pocono 500

Sam Hornish Jr, AHS ’98 graduate and 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner, finished 42nd in the Pocono 500 at Pocono (Pa.) Raceway, Sunday, June 8.

Despite a disappointing day, he remains inside the top-35 in 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series owner’s points standings.

Hornish had qualified 42nd for the race, but due to an incident in final practice Saturday afternoon, had to start the 200- lap race at the tail end of the field in the backup car. Having practiced for six laps in the backup machine prior to the race start, Hornish had little idea of how the car would handle during the 500-mile event.

Hornish slowly made his way through the field, improving 10 positions, to 31st, by lap 38.

On lap 56 an incident in turn one between Hornish and Patrick Carpenter brought out the fourth caution of the race. Hornish’s car suffered broken braces on the left side of the front splitter, which required a trip down pit road for repairs. His pit crew fixed the splitter, getting Hornish out before the pace car arrived.

Hornish regained momentum, but on lap 69 was tagged on the left-rear quarter panel by the No. 10 machine in turn two. Hornish saved himself from hitting the wall, but again was forced to pit road for damage inspection. Fortunately, the damage was minor and he rejoined the field.

On lap 130, Hornish collided with Dario Franchitti’s car in turn one, bringing out the ninth caution of the day. Hornish brought the No. 77 car into the garage, but irreparable damage cost him a chance to rejoin the race.

“It was a pretty disappointing day for us,” said Hornish.

Hornish heads to Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, Mich., for the LifeLock 400, Sunday, June 15.- Information courtesy Penske Racing

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