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Sam Hornish, Jr.
Sam Hornish, Jr. 2008 Daytona.jpg
Hornish in 2008
Born (1979-07-02) July 2, 1979 (age 35)
Defiance, Ohio, United States
Achievements Three-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion (2001, 2002 and 2006)
2006 Indianapolis 500 winner
Awards 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series Most Popular Driver
2007 Scott Brayton Award
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
131 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
Car no., team No. 11, Joe Gibbs Racing
2013 position 72nd
Best champ.
finish
28th (2009)
First race 2007 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil (Phoenix)
Last race 2014 Auto Club 400 (Fontana)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 9 0
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
106 race(s) run over 8 year(s)
Car no., team No. 54, 20, Joe Gibbs Racing
2013 position 2nd
Best champ.
finish
2nd (2013)
First race 2006 Arizona Travel 200 (Phoenix)
Last race 2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (Mid-Ohio)
First win 2011 Wypall 200 (Phoenix)
Last win 2014 Get To Know Newton 250 (Iowa)
Wins Top tens Poles
3 57 7
NASCAR Camping World Truck Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best champ.
finish
74th (2008)
First race 2008 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Last race 2008 Kroger 200 (Martinsville)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 1 0
Verizon IndyCar Series
Years active 2000-2007
Teams PDM Racing (2000)
Panther Racing (2001-2003)
Marlboro Team Penske (2004-2006)
Team Penske (2007)
Starts 116
Wins 19
Poles 10
Fastest laps 10
Best champ.
finish
1st in 2001, 2002 and 2006

Samuel Jon Hornish, Jr. (born July 2, 1979) is an American auto racing driver. A three-time IndyCar Series champion, he currently competes in stock car competition, driving in the NASCAR Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing in the #54 car and #20, sharing the former with Kyle Busch.

Early career[edit]

Born in Defiance, Ohio,[1] Hornish began racing at the age of 11 in go-karts. After competing in junior leagues for various seasons, he joined the World Karting Association in 1993, winning seven races and posting twenty-nine top-five finishes. The following season, he won several championships in WKA, including the U.S. and Canadian Grand Championships, as well as the U.S. Junior Class Grand Championship. In 1995, he repeated his U.S. Grand National title and won nine races. He would move up to the United States F2000 Series, driving six races for his family-owned team, and had one top-ten finish at Watkins Glen International. He joined Aim Autosport in 1997 and had two eleventh-place finishes, before signing with Primus Racing. He had a second-place run at Pikes Peak International Raceway and finished seventh in points.

In 1999, Hornish moved to the Toyota Atlantic Series to drive for Shank Racing. He won Rookie of the Year after getting his victory at Chicago Motor Speedway. He also drove the 24 Hours of Daytona for Intersport Racing.

Verizon IndyCar Series[edit]

Hornish began to compete in the Verizon IndyCar Series in 2000 for PDM Racing in the #18 Hornish Trucking/Advantage Powder Coating G-Force GF05-Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8 with additional sponsorship from Uniden, AmeriSuites, Firestone and Bearcat Scanners. Hornish made his debut at the season-opening Delphi Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway. Hornish would start 19th and finished 20th, twenty-eight laps down. At the third race of the season, the Vegas Indy 300 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Hornish started 18th and finished in 3rd place, one lap down. Hornisg would qualify for the Indianapolis 500 in 14th place after the team replaced the G-Force with a Dallara IR00-Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8. In the race Hornish crashed on lap 158 and would finish in 24th place. At the following race, the Casino Magic 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Hornish started a season-best 13th and finished 20th with battery issues. Following the race the team began to use the G-Force for the remainder of the season. The team would skip the Midas 500 Classic at Atlanta Motor Speedway. At the following race, the Belterra Resort Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway, Hornish started in 20th place and led for 38 laps. Hornish would finish in 9th place. Hornish would start in 18th place and finish in 27th (last) place at the season-ending Excite 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Hornish would finish in 21st place in the point standings with 110 points.

In 2001 Hornish would move to Panther Racing to drive the #4 Pennzoil Dallara IR01-Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8. At the season-opening Pennzoil Copper World Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway Hornish started in 2nd place and led for 140 of 200 laps to win the race. At the second race of the season, the Infiniti Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway Hornish started in 5th place and led for 142 of 200 laps to get his second-consecutive win of the season. At the third race of the season, the zMax 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hornish started in 4th place and finished in 6th place after having make a late-race pit stop to have enough fuel to finish the race and would finish the race one lap down. At the Indianapolis 500 Hornish qualified in a disappointing 13th place (Hornish's only qualifying result outside of the top 10 during the season). In the race Hornish spun in turn 4 on lap 17 on a restart and would cause Al Unser, Jr. to crash while avoiding Hornish. Hornish would continue the race and would set the fastest lap of the race. Hornish would finish in 14th place, four laps down (this would be Hornish's only result outside of the top 10 during the season). During the remainder of the season Hornish's worst finish was a 6th place at the Harrah's 200 at Nashville Superspeedway. Hornish would have a stretch of three consecutive 2nd place finishes at the Radisson Indy 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway and the Ameristar Casino Indy 200 at Kansas Speedway. Hornish would also start on the pole position at the Gateway Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway and the season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, in each case due to the race starting line up being determined by drivers point standings going into the race. Following Indianapolis Buddy Lazier won 4 races and began to challenge Hornish for the championship. Hornish would clinch the championship at the twelfth of thirteen races during the season, the Delphi Indy 200 at Chicagoland Speedway with a 2nd place finish behind Buddy Lazier's brother Jaques Lazier due to Buddy Lazier being 66 points behind Hornish (a win would give 50 points to the winner). At the season-ending race at Texas Hornish started on the pole position and lead for 115 laps to get his third win of the season after narrowly holding off Scott Sharp and Robbie Buhl. Hornish would win the championship with 503 points, 105 more points than 2nd place Lazier.

For 2002 Hornish returned with Panther Racing to drive the #4 Pennzoil Dallara IR02-Chevriolet V8. Prior to the season two of the rival FedEx CART Championship Series major teams, Marlboro Team Penske and Target Chip Ganassi Racing, began to compete in the Indy Racing League full-time in 2002 with Hélio Castroneves and Gil de Ferran for the former and Jeff Ward for the latter. At the season-opening Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway Hornish qualified on the pole position (his previous pole positions had been earned due to the race line up being determined by driver point standings) and led 166 of 200 laps to win his fourth career race in the series, with Castroneves finishing 2nd, de Ferran finishing 3rd and Ward finishing 4th. Hornish would then win the Yahmaha Indy 400 at California Speedway after beating Jaques Lazier by 0.028 seconds. At the Indianapolis 500 Hornish qualified in 7th place. In the race Hornish would brush the wall on lap 78, damaging the suspension. Hornish would later return to the race and finish in 25th place, ten laps down. Following the race Hornish dropped to 3rd in the point standings behind Castroneves and de Ferran. Hornish would then crash with Eddie Cheever at the following race, the Boomtown 500 at Texas Motor Speedway and would finish in 18th place with 126 laps complete. Hornish would win two races later at the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. Following Texas Hornish's worst result of the season was an 8th place finish at the Michigan Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Hornish would retake the points lead following the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway with a 2nd place finish. At the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway Hornish beat Al Unser, Jr. by 0.0024 seconds, possibly the closest finish to a race in auto racing history until the 2007 Indy Pro Series season when Logan Gomez beat Alex Lloyd at the same racetrack by only 0.0005 seconds, or 1.65 inches (42 mm). In the same race de Ferran was injured in a crash on lap 52. This would cause de Ferran to miss the season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. With his victory Hornish would retake the points lead from Castroneves and de Ferran (at the previous race, the Gateway Indy 250 at Gateway International Raceway, the two managed to overtake Hornish in the point standings). Going into the season-ending race at Texas Hornish and Castroneves were the only drivers in contention for the championship (Hornish led Castroneves by 12 points), while de Ferran also could potentially win the championship (he was 38 points behind Hornish) if he would compete in the race. In the race Hornish started in 3rd place and led for 79 laps to win the race by beating Castroneves by 0.01 seconds. Hornish would win his second-consecutive championship with 531 points to Castroneves' 511 points.

In 2003 Infiniti left the series to supply engines to the Menards Infiniti Pro Series. Toyota and Honda (in a partnership with Ilmor Engineering) joinded the series. Several teams from the rival Champ Car World Series would join the IndyCar Series in 2003. These teams included Marlboro Team Penske, Target Chip Ganassi Racing and Mo Nunn Racing returned from the 2002 season, while Andretti Green Racing (formerly known as Team Green), Team Rahal and Super Aguri Fernández Racing joined the series for a full-time schedule in 2003 after not competing or competing in a part-time schedule in the IndyCar Series in 2002. Each of these teams would use either the Toyota Indy V8 or Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI3R engines. Hornish would drive the #4 Pennzoil Dallara IR03-Chevrolet V8 for Panther Racing. At the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Hornish started in 3rd place and finished in 10th place. Hornish then started in 17th place and crashed with A.J. Foyt IV after 32 laps at the second race of the season, the Purex Dial Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Hornish would finish in 21st place. Following the race Hornish dropped to 106th in points. Hornish would return to 10th in points following the third race of the season, the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi, where Hornish started 13th and finished 6th. At the Indianapolis 500 Hornish qualified in 188th place and would be the highest-starting car with a Chevrolet engine. In the race Hornish retired with a blown engine after completing 195 laps. Hornish would finish the race in 15th place and would drop to 12th in points. At the following race, the Bombardier 500 at Texas Motor Speedway, Hornish started in 16th place and finished in 10th place. With the result Hornish would move back into 10th place in the point standings. At the following race, the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, Hornish started in 14th place and finished in 5th place. This result would be Hornish's first lead lap finish of the season.Hornish would then start in 3rd place and finish in 4th place at the following race, the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway. Around this time Panther Racing, and several other teams using the Chevrolet engine, switched from the Chevrolet engine built by General Motors (the parent company of Chevrolet) to a new engine built by Cosworth that was badged as a Chevrolet engine. The new engine started to get called by the unofficial name, Chevworth. Hornish's results would soon start improving with Hornish starting in 4th place and finishing in 2nd place after leading for 126 of 200 laps at the Firestone Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway. Two races later at the Belterra Casino Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway Hornish qualified pole position and lead for 181 of 200 laps to win the race. Hornish would then get two consecutive wins at the Delphi Indy 300 at Chicagoland Speedway and the Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway. In the former race Hornish would win by 0.01 seconds over Scott Dixon and Bryan Herta. After winning at Fontana (California) Hornish would move into 4th place in the point standings. Going into the season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Hornish could mathematically win the championship. Hornish would have to compete with Hélio Castroneves, Dixon, Tony Kanaan and Gil de Ferran. Hornish's hopes of a championship ended when his car a spray problem after 176 of 195 laps. Hornish would finish in 17th place while de Ferran won, Dixon finished 2nd, Castroneves finished 13th and Kanaan finished 14th. Hornish would finish 5th in the final point standings with 461 points. Hornish would finish behind Dixon, de Ferran, Castroneves and Kanaan.

Hornish would begin to drive for Marlboro Team Penske in 2004. Hornish would drive the #6 Marlboro Dallara IR03-Toyota Indy V8. At the season-opening Toyota Indy 300 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Hornish started in 7th place and led for only 6 laps and passed teammate Hélio Castroneves, who had dominated the race on the final lap of the race. At the following two races of the season, the Copper World Indy 200 at Phoenix International Raceway and the Indy Japan 300 at Twin Ring Motegi, Hornish finished in 15th place and 19th place (the latter due to a crash). Hornish would drop to 6th in points after these two races. Hornish would qualify in 11th place at the Indianapolis 500. In the race Hornish was battling for the lead with Buddy Rice and Dan Wheldon and would eventually lead for 9 laps, the first laps Hornish led in his Indianapolis 500 career. On lap 94 the race went under caution due to a crash by P.J. Jones. At this point the race needed to get to the halfway point of the race (101 laps) to become official due to the possibility of rain occurring before 200 laps would be completed (the race had been stopped after 29 laps due to rain). Rice and Hornish would both make pit stops and Hornish would drop to 19th place. On lap 105, entering the main straightaway out of turn 4, Hornish had moved up to 15th place and was attempting to pass Darren Manning for position and the lapped car of Greg Ray when the three collided and crashed into the pit lane. Hornish would finish in 26th place and would drop to 9th in the point standings. Hornish would then finish in 4th place at the following race, the Bombardier 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. At the following race, the SunTrust Indy Challenge at Richmond International Raceway, Hornish started in 4th place and lead for 76 laps. Hornish would finish in 13th place, four laps down. Hornish's results would recover at the Firestone Indy 200 at Nashville Superspeedway and the Menards A.J. Foyt 225 at the Milwaukee Mile, where he finished in 2nd place and 3rd place. Hornish's best finish following these two results were a pair of 4th place finishes at the Michigan Indy 400 at Michigan International Speedway and the Toyota Indy 400 at California Speedway. During this time at the Honda Indy 225 at Pikes Peak International Raceway Hornish started in 9th place and led for 67 laps. On lap 158 Hornish crashed in turn 4. Going into the season-ending Chevy 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Tony Kanaan had clinched the championship with a 2nd place finish at the previous race at Fontana (California). This would be the first year since 2000 that Hornish did not go into the season-ending race with a chance to win the championship or have already clinched the championship. In the race Hornish started in 2nd place behind teammate Castroneves and led for 53 laps and suffered electrical problems after 163 laps and would finish in 17th place. Hornish would finish in 7th place in the final point standings with 387 points. This would be Hornish's worst finish in the final point standings since finishing 21st in 2000.

2005 was an improvement, as he finished third to Dan Wheldon and Tony Kanaan in the standings and the top placement of any driver not driving for Andretti Green Racing.


Practicing for the 2007 Indianapolis 500

On May 28, 2006, after starting on the pole for the 2006 Indianapolis 500, Hornish became the first driver to ever overtake for the lead on the race's final lap, ultimately winning the race in the last 450 feet (140 m) by a 0.0635-second margin over Marco Andretti. Also in that year, he won the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Scott Brayton Award, awarded annually to the driver best exemplifying a spirit of tenacity as well as friendliness amongst the race's participants. Hornish went on to win the 2006 IRL championship in the final race of the season by a tiebreaker over defending champ Dan Wheldon. He became the first 3-time champion in IRL history. In 2007, he only won one race at Texas, and finished fifth in points.

NASCAR[edit]

2006–2008[edit]

2007 Busch car
2008 Sprint Cup car
Hornish competing in a 2006 International Race of Champions race at Texas Motor Speedway.

On October 28, 2006, Hornish announced that he would attempt to run the final two 2006 NASCAR Busch Series races for Penske Racing, as well as select events in 2007. In his first two Busch starts, Hornish wrecked his #39 Mobil 1 Dodge both times, and did not finish better than 36th. In 2007, his car was switched to the #12, and he competed in seven Busch races, his best finish being a 15th at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Beginning in fall 2007, he started attempting Nextel Cup races in the #06 for Penske, and made only two races (at Phoenix International Speedway and Homestead-Miami Speedway).

Hornish moved up to drive the #77 for Penske in Sprint Cup in 2008 with Mobil 1 sponsorship.[2] In his first Daytona 500, Hornish had a 15th place finish. Teammates Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch finished first and second to give Roger Penske his first 1-2 finish in the Daytona 500. After the race Roger Penske said, "It is nice to see Sam display some of his racing talent in the biggest race in NASCAR." After struggling to make his first NASCAR Cup Series events; Phoenix where he finished 30th and Homestead where he finished 37th, after the 2008 Daytona 500 he admitted that even he was surprised to see himself running in the top-10 most of the day. He also said, "I wish they would have started the race about two hours sooner, so it still could have been sunny out. If the sun had never gone down, we would have had a better chance. Once the sun goes down, everybody starts getting more and more evenly matched up, because there's not all that worry about the tires sliding around so much because of the heat."

To allow Hornish to start in the first five Sprint Cup races of the season, Penske swapped the owner points of Kurt Busch's #2 car with the #77's, which ensured Hornish of a place in each of the races as Busch's team had finished seventh in the final 2007 Nextel Cup standings (and also protected Busch in case of bad qualifying efforts as he would have been able to use the Champion's Provisional for the first five races in 2008, as the rules state that the most recent Cup champion not qualified gets into the field; Busch's 2004 championship qualified him for use of the provisional).

At the May All-Star race at Lowe's Motor Speedway Hornish finished second in the Sprint Showdown to earn a start in the All-Star race. Hornish finished 7th. Hornish would finish second in a competitive Rookie of the Year race to Regan Smith, which could not have been helped by Hornish's string of poor finishes and failure to qualify for two.

2009–2013[edit]

As the 2009 season started, the team had high hopes for the season. However, bad luck late in 4 of the first 6 races kept Hornish from being able to achieve his elusive first top 10 finish in a Sprint Cup points race. Nevertheless, he showed great improvement from 2008. Finally, on April 18 in Phoenix, he got his top 10, finishing the race in 9th place. Two races later Hornish again improved on his career best finish scoring 6th in the Crown Royal 400 at Richmond International Raceway. A week later, despite its being a non-points race, Hornish got his first NASCAR victory by winning the annual Sprint Showdown, which qualified him for the Sprint All-Star Race for the second year in a row. He'd go on to finish 16th in the event.

While Hornish's results improved from his rookie campaign, the team still struggled with consistency and finishing races. In addition to his two top ten finishes early in the year, Hornish scored 5 additional top tens (both Pocono races, New Hampshire, Michigan, and again at Richmond) and also gained his first two top five finishes with a fourth place effort in the Pennsylvania 500 and a fifth place finish at Michigan. Those efforts, however, were countered with 13 finishes of 30th or worse (with 7 of those being finishes of 35th or worse). Since his debut, Hornish has finished 30th or worse in 33 of his 62 career starts.

With Mobil 1 departing for Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of 2010, Hornish was left without a Cup Series ride but elected to remain at Penske to drive a limited schedule in the Nationwide Series with the #12 Dodge Challenger in 2011. He competed in 13 races and achieved six top ten finishes. Hornish also recorded his first NASCAR Nationwide series win during the 2011 Wypall 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, the site of his first IndyCar win. He also became the first driver to win on Phoenix International Raceway's new configuration. Hornish also drove the #38 Front Row Motorsports Sprint Cup car at Pocono, as regular driver Travis Kvapil was competing for the Truck Series championship and was unavailable for the race.

Hornish returned to the Nationwide Series for a complete schedule in 2012, driving the #12 Dodge.[3] Hornish returned to the Cup Series at the STP 400 at Kansas Speedway, driving the No. 12 Dodge for Penske Racing;[4] he was also scheduled to compete in the Good Sam Roadside Assistance 500 later in the season.[5] After A.J. Allmendinger was suspended for drug abuse, Hornish took over the #22 Dodge in the Sprint Cup Series beginning at the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway.[6]

One of Hornish's 2013 Nationwide Series cars

From 2012–present Hornish has performed well in the NNS. At Talladega Hornish barely avoided Eric McClure's horrific massive crash and was in the top ten for the remainder of the race. However he blew a tire and made contact with former IRL rival Danica Patrick. In reply Danica Patrick crashed him after the checkers. Hornish forgave Patrick but nonetheless Patrick was put on a temporary probation for her actions. Later at Montreal Hornish in a final green-white-checkered finish attempt made a run from 14th to 2nd place in two laps.

Meanwhile in the Cup Series, Hornish with the #22 Cup ride had several top tens or good runnings after replacing Allmendinger. He had an almost win at Watkins Glen after a genius pit stop by his crew but was passed by the fastest drivers of the day Kyle Busch, Brad Keselowski and Marcos Ambrose with a few laps left. After the race Hornish who finished in 5th place, said the Watkins Glen finish was one of his best performances in the cup series. After the season ended Joey Logano took over the #22 car.

In 2013 Hornish dominated the race at Las Vegas leading for 114 laps. After a pit stop, Hornish came back through the field to beat Kyle Busch for the win. It is his second NNS victory and it ended a long NNS winless streak dating back almost two years prior at Phoenix.

Hornish made his first appearance in the Cup Series for 2013 driving his NNS #12 for the Spring NSCS race at Kansas. In the final stages Hornish crashed because of winds and collected fellow driver Casey Mears in his accident. Hornish finished second in the final 2013 Nationwide Series standings, three points behind Austin Dillon; following the 2013 season he was released by Penske Racing due to a lack of sponsorship for the 2014 season.[7]

2014[edit]

Hornish in the #54 car at Road America

For the 2014 season, Hornish will drive part-time in the Nationwide Series for Joe Gibbs Racing in the #54 car, splitting the ride with Kyle Busch.[8] For the 2014 Auto Club 400 Sprint Cup race, he replaced Denny Hamlin in the No. 11 FedEx Joe Gibbs Racing car.[9] Hornish finished 17th.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Hornish with his daughter Addison at Road America in 2014

Hornish is a 1998 graduate of Archbold High School in Archbold, Ohio, and now resides in Napoleon.

On February 4, 2008, Sam and his wife Crystal welcomed their first child, Addison Faith Hornish, into the world. Baby Addison weighed 7 lb (3.2 kg). 2oz. and measured 18 inches (460 mm). Hornish finished 15th in his first Daytona 500 just a couple of weeks after. Sam and Crystal welcomed their second child, Eliza Jo, on December 28, 2010. Baby Eliza weighed 7 lb (3.2 kg). 15 oz and measured 20.5 inches (520 mm). Hornish's third child; this time a son, named Samuel Hornish III, was born in January 2014.

Motorsport career results[edit]

American open-wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Atlantic Championship[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1999 Shank Racing LBH
8
NAZ
18
GAT
4
MIL
8
MTL
12
ROA
9
TRR
19
MDO
7
CHI
1
VAN
10
LS
6
HOU
10
7th 67

Verizon IndyCar Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2000 PDM Racing G-Force GF05 Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8 WDW
20
PHX
Ret
LSV
3
INDY
DNQ
PPIR
Ret
ATL KTY
9
TX2
Ret
21st 110
Dallara IR00 INDY
Ret
TXS
Ret
2001 Panther Racing Dallara IR01 Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8 PHX
1
HMS
1
ATL
4
INDY
14
TXS
3
PPIR
2
RIR
2
KAN
2
NSH
6
KTY
3
STL
3
CHI
2
TX2
1
1st 503
2002 Panther Racing Dallara IR02 Chevrolet V8 HMS
1
PHX
3
CAL
1
NZR
17
INDY
25
TXS
Ret
PPIR
3
RIR
1
KAN
2
NSH
3
MIS
7
KTY
2
STL
5
CHI
1
TX2
1
1st 531
2003 Panther Racing Dallara IR03 Chevrolet V8 HMS
10
PHX
Ret
JPN
6
INDY
Ret
TXS
10
PPIR
5
RIR
4
KAN
Ret
NSH
11
MIS
2
STL
6
KTY
1
NZR
2
CHI
1
CAL
1
TX2
Ret
5th 461
2004 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara IR03 Toyota Indy V8 HMS
1
PHX
15
JPN
Ret
INDY
Ret
TXS
4
RIR
11
KAN
8
NSH
2
MIL
3
MIS
4
KTY
14
PPIR
Ret
NZR
11
CHI
6
CAL
4
TX2
Ret
7th 387
2005 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara IR05 Toyota Indy V8 HMS
2
PHX
1
STP
Ret
JPN
7
INDY
Ret
TXS
2
RIR
Ret
KAN
12
NSH
2
MIL
1
MIS
5
KTY
7
PPIR
2
SNM
17
CHI
3
WGL
7
CAL
5
3rd 512
2006 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara IR05 Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI5R HMS
3
STP
8
JPN
4
INDY
1
WGL
12
TXS
4
RIR
1
KAN
1
NSH
Ret
MIL
2
MIS
Ret
KTY
1
SNM
9
CHI
3
1st 475
2007 Team Penske Dallara IR07 Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 HI7R HMS
3
STP
7
JPN
5
KAN
6
INDY
4
MIL
9
TXS
1
IOW
Ret
RIR
15
WGL
2
NSH
4
MDO
14
MIS
Ret
KTY
Ret
SNM
5
DET
12
CHI
3
5th 465
Years Teams Races Poles Wins Podiums
(Non-win)
Top 10s
(Non-podium)
Indianapolis 500
Wins
Championships
8 3 116 12 19 27 32 1 (2006) 3 (2001, 2002, 2006)

Indianapolis 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team Note
2000 Dallara IR00 Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8 14 24 PDM Racing T2 Accident
2001 Dallara IR01 Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8 13 14 Panther Racing Finished
2002 Dallara IR02 Chevrolet V8 7 25 Panther Racing Finished
2003 Dallara IR03 Chevrolet V8 18 15 Panther Racing Engine Failure
2004 Dallara IR03 Toyota Indy V8 11 26 Marlboro Team Penske FS Accident
2005 Dallara IR05 Toyota Indy V8 2 23 Marlboro Team Penske T1 Accident
2006 Dallara IR07 Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 1 1 Marlboro Team Penske Last lap pass for the win
2007 Dallara IR07 Ilmor-Honda Indy V8 5 4 Team Penske Finished

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings. * – Most laps led.)

NASCAR Sprint Cup Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team # Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 NSCC Points
2007 Team Penske 06 Dodge Charger DAY CAL LVS ATL BRI MAR TEX PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON NHA DAY CHI IND POC GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH NHA
DNQ
DOV
DNQ
KAN TAL
DNQ
CLT
DNQ
MAR
DNQ
ATL
DNQ
TEX PHO
30
HOM
37
62nd 125
2008 77 DAY
15
CAL
43
LVS
41
ATL
25
BRI
29
MAR
28
TEX
32
PHO
20
TAL
35
RCH
23
DAR
38
CLT
13
DOV
18
POC
42
MCH
22
SON
31
NHA
39
DAY
29
CHI
37
IND
21
POC
26
GLN
32
MCH
22
BRI
37
CAL
31
RCH
38
NHA
30
DOV
42
KAN
33
TAL
DNQ
CLT
22
MAR
34
ATL
24
TEX
23
PHO
33
HOM
DNQ
35th 2523
2009 DAY
32
CAL
23
LVS
16
ATL
37
BRI
31
MAR
34
TEX
17
PHO
9
TAL
34
RCH
6
DAR
30
CLT
16
DOV
13
POC
10
MCH
29
SON
38
NHA
8
DAY
32
CHI
38
IND
37
POC
4
GLN
35
MCH
5
BRI
35
ATL
35
RCH
8
NHA
37
DOV
26
KAN
18
CAL
12
CLT
40
MAR
36
TAL
40
TEX
40
PHO
17
HOM
21
28th 3203
2010 DAY
37
CAL
16
LVS
28
ATL
28
BRI
32
MAR
13
PHO
18
TEX
19
TAL
24
RCH
36
DAR
31
DOV
34
CLT
17
POC
11
MCH
26
SON
36
NHA
23
DAY
21
CHI
24
IND
30
POC
11
GLN
14
MCH
32
BRI
25
ATL
30
RCH
28
NHA
10
DOV
36
KAN
36
CAL
15
CLT
40
MAR
25
TAL
15
TEX
18
PHO
32
HOM
24
29th 3214
2011 Front Row Motorsports 38 Ford Fusion DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT KAN POC
35
MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 70th 01
2012 Team Penske 12 Dodge Charger DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN
19
RCH TAL DAR
CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN 59th 01
22 DAY
33
NHA
22
IND
16
POC
19
GLN
5
MCH
12
BRI
34
ATL
11
RCH
11
CHI
11
NHA
21
DOV
25
TAL
24
CLT
15
KAN
26
MAR
13
TEX
17
PHO
31
HOM
22
2013 12 Ford Fusion DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL MAR TEX KAN
37
RCH TAL DAR CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL
DNQ
MAR TEX PHO HOM 72nd 01
2014 Joe Gibbs Racing 11 Toyota Camry DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL
17
MAR TEX DAR RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV POC MCH SON KEN DAY NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI ATL RCH CHI NHA DOV KAN CLT TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 57th* 0*1

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team # Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 NNWC Points
2006 Team Penske 39 Dodge Charger DAY CAL MXC LVS ATL BRI TEX NSH PHO TAL RCH DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW DAY CHI NHA MAR GTY IRP GLN MCH BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO
36
HOM
43
117th 89
2007 12 DAY
31
CAL
35
MXC LVS ATL
15
BRI NSH
25
TEX PHO TAL RCH
43
DAR CLT DOV NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN MCH
25
BRI CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX
31
PHO
39
HOM
38
68th 551
2008 DAY CAL LVS
DNQ
ATL BRI
DNQ
NSH TEX
19
PHO MXC
13
TAL RCH
15
DAR
11
CLT
39
DOV
23
NSH KEN MLW NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP CGV GLN
36
MCH BRI
14
CAL RCH DOV KAN CLT MEM TEX PHO HOM 51st 799
2010 Brian Keselowski Motorsports 26 Dodge Charger DAY CAL LVS BRI NSH PHO TEX TAL RCH DAR DOV CLT NSH KEN ROA NHA DAY CHI GTY IRP IOW GLN MCH BRI CGV ATL RCH DOV KAN CAL CLT GTY TEX PHO HOM
26
114th 100
2011 Team Penske 12 Dodge Charger DAY
36
PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX
16
TAL
13
NSH RCH
7
DAR DOV IOW CLT
12
CHI MCH
24
ROA DAY KEN NHA NSH
6
IRP CHI
5
DOV KAN CLT
12
TEX
7
PHO
1
HOM
7
23rd 411
22 IOW
24
GLN CGV BRI ATL RCH
2012 12 DAY
20
PHO
6
LVS
9
BRI
13
CAL
13
TEX
11
RCH
5
TAL
12
DAR
4
IOW
12
CLT
9
DOV
13
MCH
6
ROA
5
KEN
6
DAY
10
NHA
4
CHI
8
IND
2
IOW
3
GLN
3
CGV
2
BRI
10
ATL
9
RCH
30
CHI
6
KEN
2
DOV
18
CLT
35
KAN
9
TEX
7
PHO
14
HOM
4
4th 1146
2013 Ford Fusion DAY
2
PHO
7
LVS
1*
BRI
4
CAL
2
TEX
34
RCH
7
TAL
25
DAR
8
CLT
12
DOV
7
IOW
4
MCH
32
ROA
5
KEN
9
DAY
7*
NHA
7
CHI
2
IND
34
IOW
2
GLN
2
MOH
3
BRI
12
ATL
3
RCH
6
CHI
3
KEN
4
DOV
17
KAN
17
CLT
3*
TEX
3
PHO
5
HOM
8
2nd 1177
2014 Joe Gibbs Racing 54 Toyota Camry DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL
5
IOW
1*
CLT DOV ROA
12*
KEN DAY NHA CHI
36
IND IOW
4
GLN MOH
30
BRI ATL RCH CHI
KEN
DOV
KAN
CLT
TEX
PHO
HOM
24th* 228*
20 MCH
2

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Season Team # Truck 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 NCTC Points
2008 Bobby Hamilton Racing 4 Dodge Ram DAY CAL ATL MAR KAN CLT MFD DOV TEX MCH MLW MEM KEN IRP NSH BRI GTW NHA LVS TAL MAR
9
ATL TEX PHO HOM 74th 138

* Season in progress
1 Ineligible for series points

Rolex 24 at Daytona[edit]

(key)

Year Class # Team Car Co-drivers Laps Position Class Pos.
1999 CA 28 United States Intersport Wheelworks Racing Lola-Ford United States Jon Field
United States Ryan Jones
United States Mike Shank
399 42 DNF 14 DNF
2007 DP 60 United States Michael Shank Racing Lexus Riley DP United States Mark Patterson
Brazil Oswaldo Negri, Jr.
Brazil Hélio Castroneves
628 9 9

References[edit]

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