Sam Hornish Jr. Dover International Speedway Preview

May 27, 2009

No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger
Dover International Speedway – Autism Speaks 400        
May 31, 2009

Mobil 1 Team News and Notes of Interest
• Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, earned his third top-20 finish in five weeks with a 16th-place showing in the rain-shortened Coca-Cola 600 at Lowe’s Motor Speedway. One week prior, Hornish captured his first NASCAR victory by winning the Sprint Showdown before advancing into the All-Star race where he finished 16th as well.
• The No. 77 team is eager return to short-track racing this weekend at Dover International Raceway as Hornish has captured two top-10 finishes this season both coming at short tracks including a career-best finish of sixth at Richmond International Raceway in May.
• Hornish has two Cup Series and one Nationwide Series starts at Dover International Speedway with two top-20 starts and one top-20 finish at the one-mile oval.
• Fans can now follow Hornish on Twitter at Hornish provides followers with a glimpse inside his everyday life while keeping fans updated on the latest news from the No. 77 team.
• Hornish will be on hand to sign autographs at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer at Dover International Speedway on Sunday, May 31 from 10:30 – 11 a.m. EDT.

Sam Hornish Jr. on Dover International Speedway
“With the recent success this Mobil 1 team has had at short tracks, we are all really excited for this weekend’s race at Dover International Speedway. Its concrete surface allows for exciting side-by-side racing and it is always a good race for the fans.

“With the testing ban this season, our team has gone to ‘Little Rock’ at Rockingham Speedway and concentrated on our short track program. I feel that we have made strong gains from where we were last season and our recent top-10 finishes are a result of that hard work. I wouldn’t have thought my first two top 10s would come on short tracks. We’ve had some real good runs and been real strong this year. I feel like I’m learning all the time. The Mobil 1 team is growing and getting stronger.

Crew Chief Travis Geisler on Dover International Speedway
“The ‘Monster Mile’ is one of my favorite tracks on the circuit. The high-banked concrete track is very unique and produces some great racing at high speeds. It is a very physically demanding track for the drivers and it is difficult to keep the car turning well through the center of the corner. With a couple more weeks of strong runs we stand to gain a lot of grounds in points as we are only 36 points out of the 23rd position.”