Hornish Battles His Way to a Third-Place Finish
August 18, 2013
Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (2.25 mile road course, Lexington, Ohio)
Saturday, August 17, 2013
The No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang
Driven By Sam Hornish Jr.
Start Position: 8
Finish Position: 3
Current Driver's Points Position: 1
THE RACE REVIEW
Hornish started the event from the eighth position on the grid based on
his Saturday morning qualify effort during which he lapped the 2.25
mile road course in 84.685 seconds at 95.989 miles per hour.
was apparent early in the race that the No. 12 Ford Mustang was very
fast as he logged numerous fastest laps he Hornish drove his way to
third place by lap 19.
· Hornish assumed the lead at lap 26 as
the Penske Racing pit crew gained their driver a position during the
first pit-stop of day. The veteran driver would lead go on to lead three
laps, earning a valuable point before giving up the top spot to
teammate AJ Allmendinger.
· Hornish would maintain a consistent
presence in the top-three for most of the race, though he would drop
back a few positions as the field cycled through green flag pit stops
and on a couple of restarts.
· While Hornish had great long green
flag speed, his Ford Mustang was not as good on the restarts and the
short runs, yet the veteran driver held on for a strong third-place
· This marks the third consecutive race that Hornish has
been scored as the highest finishing Nationwide Series regular driver,
as well as his third consecutive top-three finish.
· With the
result the Hornish and the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Ford take over
the top spot in the driver’s championship standings. They have held the
number one position on three different occasions this season over a span
of nine races. The driver of the No. 12 Penske Ford leads second-place
competitor, Elliot Sadler by 13 points.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
SAM HORNISH JR.
ANOTHER TOP-THREE FINISH AND THE POINTS LEAD, TELL US ABOUT YOUR DAY.
was another great day for this Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang team.
The pit crew gave me outstanding service all day long and our race
strategy was perfect. Our Mustang was strong the on the long runs, but
we were not that good on the restarts and the short runs, and there were
a lot short runs towards the end of the race. It was a really good
race, and since it was in my home state, I can’t help but feel a sense
of pride because of the incredible turnout and all of the support for
the Nationwide Children’s Hospital. We feel good about getting the
points lead. It is a testament to the determination of this team. This
is our third consecutive top-three finish, and we feel like we are
getting stronger with each race. We are already looking forward to
Bristol next weekend. Congratulations to AJ and the Discount Tire team,
they had a great car and deserved the win.”