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Penske Racing Nationwide Children's Hospital 200

August 13, 2013

Photo courtesy of Autostock
THE RACE

Nationwide Children's Hospital 200
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
(2.25 mile road course, Lexington, Ohio)
Saturday, August 17, 2013

THE BROADCAST

TV

9:30am ET, Qualifying (ESPN2)
2:30pm ET, Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (ESPN)

Radio

MRN/Sirius 90, 2:00 pm ET

THE CARS

No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang
Driver: Sam Hornish Jr.

No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang
Driver: AJ Allmendinger

THE NEWS AND NOTES

No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Ford Mustang

• SECOND AND THREE: Just three points separate Hornish and series NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) points leader, Austin Dillon. Hornish is coming off of a strong second-place finish at Watkins Glen International last weekend.
• LESS IS MORE: Over the last five road course races Hornish has an averaging starting position of 4.0 and an average finishing position of 3.4.
• MARSHAL MATCH UP: As part of this weekend's event, Hornish has been paired with Grant Reed, a 13-year old boy from Mansfield, Ohio who has been receiving treatment for brain cancer at the Nationwide Children's Hospital. Grant has been selected as this year's Grand Marshal after a long, but successful, fight against cancer.
• ALLIANCE TRUCK PARTS AGAIN: The No. 12 Penske Ford Mustang will once again display its primary sponsor colors with Alliance Truck Parts this weekend at Mid-Ohio.
• WELCOME ALFAGREEN SUPREME: This weekend Alfagreen Supreme will debut as an associate partner on the No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts Ford. Alfagreen Supreme is a leading supplier of dehydrated alfalfa products.
• FIVE TIME RUNNER-UP: Through 21 races, Hornish has accumulated five second-place finishes. Entering this weekend's race, Hornish owns an averaging starting position of 6.2 and an average finishing position of 10.1.

THE Q & A

SAM HORNISH JR., NO. 12 ALLIANCE TRUCK PARTS FORD MUSTANG
COMING OFF A SOLID SECOND-PLACE FINISH WITH ANOTHER ROAD COURSE RACE. IS THIS YOUR WEEKEND TO WIN?
"Last weekend we led practice, took the pole and then came up short for the win. That was tough for this whole No. 12 Alliance Truck Parts team. We want to win, especially when we have a car that's capable of winning. Looking ahead to this weekend, we know what we have to do. Penske Racing has been building fast Ford Mustangs all year long and we showcased how strong they are last weekend. It will be something special to win this race in my home state."

GREG ERWIN, NO. 12 ALLIANCE TRUCK PARTS FORD CREW CHIEF
YOU ARE THREE POINTS OUT OF FIRST PLACE IN THE STANDINGS. HOW DOES THAT FACTOR INTO YOUR APPROACH AT THIS RACE?
"We have a great car in the Ford Mustang, and we have an excellent driver. Last weekend we were close, real close to getting the win. We will go out there again this weekend at Mid-Ohio and do our best to bring home a victory. We are mindful of the points battle, and Sam showed us that he is driving with that in mind at the last race. We will do everything we can to put him in a position to be leading this thing at the end, and with that the points will take care of themselves."

THE NEWS AND NOTES

• FIRST-TIME WINNER: Allmendinger will make his first NNS start for Penske Racing this weekend since his impressive victory at Road America in June. The win was his first in NASCAR and it came while driving the No. 22 Discount Tire Mustang. That Road America race also marked Allmendinger's first NNS start for Penske Racing after he raced in 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races and made five IZOD IndyCar Series starts with the team.
• ROAD COURSE RESULTS: Allmendinger has recorded top-15 finishes In 10 of his 11 road course starts throughout his NASCAR career. He has earned five top-15 starting positions in those 11 starts, including one pole position (Road America this season).
• FAMILIAR TERRITORY: Allmendinger has raced at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course twice in his career. His first start at the venue came in 2002 during the Barber Dodge Pro Series race and he raced there again in 2003 while competing in the Toyota Atlantic Series.
• LOOKING FOR AN OWNER'S TITLE: Allmendinger hopes to help the No. 22 NNS team in its pursuit of the series owner's championship this season. The team is only five points out of first place in the owner's standings as Allmendinger hopes to close the gap and possibly take over the points lead with a strong finish at Mid-Ohio.

THE Q & A

AJ ALLMENDINGER, NO. 22 DISCOUNT TIRE FORD MUSTANG
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO GET BACK IN THE NO. 22 FORD?

"Clearly, the last time I drove the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford Mustang was pretty memorable. Getting your first NASCAR Series win is always special, but to accomplish it with Mr. Penske meant the world to me. He has done so much for my career and I'm glad that I could give him something in return. I hope we can have the same success this weekend in Mid-Ohio and bring him closer to the Nationwide owner's championship."

THIS IS THE FIRST NNS RACE AT MID-OHIO, HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT HEADING BACK THERE?
"It's been a few years since I've been to Mid-Ohio and I think I'm one of the few drivers to have experience there. I was able to clinch the 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series Championship there. To me, Mid-Ohio is one of the best natural road courses but it is also a very tight and technical track. Car set up will be key for the weekend but I know the Discount Tire guys have been working hard and I'm happy to get back behind the wheel for them."