Sam Hornish Jr. Coca-Cola 600 Preview

May 25, 2010

No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger
Charlotte Motor Speedway
Coca-Cola 600
May 30, 2010
Mobil 1 Team News and Notes
• Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, has performed well at venues like Charlotte Motor Speedway since transitioning to Cup Series racing in 2008. Hornish has a total of 41 starts at tracks over one mile but less than two miles in length, with an average starting position of 22.4 and an average finish of 27.1, including two top-five finishes.
• In two career starts in the Coca-Cola 600, Hornish has scored a total of two top-20 finishes with an average finish of 14.5 and best finish of 13th (2008) at the 1.5-mile oval.
• Mobil 1 crew chief Travis Geisler offers fans a glimpse into car setup for each racetrack on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit at Geisler reports that at Charlotte, things are a little loose and drivers tend to get “nosey” heading into the turns. Learn more at
• In 83 Cup Series starts at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Penske Racing has a total of seven pole awards, 13 top-five and 29 top-10 finishes.
• Fans can now follow Sam Hornish Jr. on Twitter at Fans can get a glimpse inside his everyday life while keeping up-to-date on the latest news for the No. 77 team.
• Hornish will be on hand to sign autographs at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer on Sunday, May 30 from 2:45 – 3:15 p.m. EDT at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Sam Hornish Jr. Quote
Describe your thoughts on the longest race of the season…
 “As far as speedway races go, I thought our Mobil 1 Dodge in the Coca-Cola 600 last year was the best car we had all season. We were being real patient to make it to the last bit of the race to run hard and then it rained shortly after the halfway point. It was a very disappointing day for us because I thought we had a car that was capable of a top finish or maybe even a win. This race is the ultimate test of your patience as a driver. Racing for 500 miles seems like a long time, and if you add more miles than that it seems like an eternity.”

Crew Chief Travis Geisler Quote
What are your thoughts on this weekend’s race at Charlotte Motor Speedway?
"For anyone in NASCAR there are three races that everyone really wants to win, the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the Coca-Cola 600. The longest race of the season puts everything to the test. With a start time of 6 p.m., the track goes through a big transition into the night. It is important to stay on top of what the track is doing to make good adjustments during the race. It is great to be racing in your backyard and there would be nothing better than celebrating a victory on Memorial Day weekend."