Hornish Starting 25th in Sunday's Pennsylvania 400

August 4, 2012

LONG POND, Pa. (August 4, 2012) – Sam Hornish Jr. will start the Penske Racing No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge from the 25th position in Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup race here at Pocono Raceway.  Hornish circled the 2.5-mile “Tricky Triangle” in 51.866 seconds (speed of 173.524 mph) in today’s qualifying session to earn the spot.

“The car was free in the middle of all three corners,” Hornish explained to Dodge SRT PR rep Jimmy White after he completed his run.  “We ran a .30 in the heat of the day yesterday so I thought we’d at least be in the 20s.  It’s not secure enough and will make things hard for us tomorrow.  We’ll do the best we can and figure out how to make it a little better for tomorrow and give ourselves an opportunity to figure out how to pick up some spots.” 

Hornish, Penske Racing Competition Director Travis Geisler and spotter Chris Osborne left Pocono Raceway at 12:30 p.m., headed for Iowa Speedway to compete in tonight’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race.  Weather permitting, the Penske Racing trio will get back to the area in the wee hours of the morning and get sufficient rest to be ready for action again tomorrow.

Juan Pablo Montoya won the Coors Light Pole Award here today with his fast lap of 51.124 seconds (176.343 mph).  Denny Hamlin, Paul Menard, Kasey Kahne and Marcos Ambrose rounded out today’s top five qualifiers.  Penske Racing teammate Brad Keselowski will start Sunday’s race from the 31st spot after turning in a lap of 52.213 seconds (172.371 mph) in the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge.

Sunday’s Pennsylvania 400 (160 laps, 400 miles) is set for a 1:00 p.m. EDT start with live coverage being provided by ESPN-TV and MRN Radio.