No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge - Bashas' 200 Preview

February 28, 2012

No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Team News and Notes

• Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger, will make his second start of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season Saturday afternoon in the Bashas' Supermarkets 200 at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR)

• Hornish's return to PIR marks his first time back to the track where he earned his first-ever NNS victory as he won at the venue last November

• This will mark Hornish's fourth NNS start at PIR. He has made seven previous NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) starts at PIR with his best result coming in 2009 when he finished ninth. Hornish also made six career IZOD IndyCar Series starts at Phoenix where he claimed two race victories

• From 2006 to present, Hornish has made a total of 34 NNS starts. He has scored one victory, two top-five and six top-10 finishes during that time and has also captured five top-five and 11 top-10 starting positions while competing in a limited NNS schedule over the last five plus seasons

• This weekend will mark the 15th race together for Hornish and crew chief, Chad Walter, who called the shots for the No. 12 Penske Racing Nationwide Series team in the past and helped guide the No. 12 team to top-six championship finishes in 2009 & 2010

• This weekend the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge Challenger will be chassis PRS-224, which is a brand new car to the fleet

• Penske Racing currently has 350 victories overall including 100 stock car wins & 412 pole positions overall including 128 NASCAR poles

• Hornish will be interviewed live on Friday, March 2 at 10:15 a.m. ET on The Morning Drive on SiriusXM radio channel 90

• Tune in to SpeedTV on Sunday to see Hornish in his new role as an analyst on SPEED Center

• Follow Hornish at @PenskeRacing, @SamHornish,, and the Penske Racing Facebook page

Sam Hornish Jr.'s comments on this weekend's Bashas' Supermarkets 200
"I'm really looking forward to going back to the track where Alliance Truck Parts and I earned our first NASCAR Nationwide Series victory together. Phoenix has been really good to me over the years so I can't help but love the place. I'm also looking forward to the chance to move up in the series points battle and it is going to be great to get to a track where, as a driver, you have a bit more control of your own destiny."

Crew Chief Chad Walter's comments on this weekend's Bashas' Supermarkets 200
"It goes without saying that the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Dodge team is looking forward to returning to Phoenix, a track where Sam has a great deal of racing success. This weekend we need to build on our successes at Phoenix with a strong performance in order to gain championship points. As always, track position, attention to detail on both the car and the pit road, are the keys to success."