Sam Hornish Jr. Qualifies 17th at Infineon Raceway

June 20, 2008


SONOMA, Calif. (June 20, 2008) – Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, will start the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway on Sunday in the 17th position.

Hornish will make his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road course debut this weekend at the 1.99-mile track in Sonoma, Calif.  In three starts at Infineon Raceway in the IndyCar Series, Hornish earned one top-five and two top-10 finishes.

During qualifying, Hornish posted a fast lap time of 78.598 seconds at a speed of 91.147 miles per hour. The effort was strong enough to secure the Mobil 1 team the 17th starting position on Sunday and was nearly seven-tenths of a second faster than Hornish’s top speed in practice.

“I overdrove it a bit coming to the green flag and that made me mad at myself,” said Hornish. “The lap turned out better than I expected and I feel that the car has another couple of tenths left in it. I am very proud of this Mobil 1 team and I want to give them everything that the car is capable of out there.”

Coverage of the Toyota/Save Mart 350 will air live on the TNT television network beginning at 3:30 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on PRN at 5 p.m. EDT.
Driver:  Sam Hornish Jr.
Position: 17 
Time:  78.598
Speed: 91.147    
Pole:  Kasey Kahne
Time:  77.740
Speed:  92.153 

Penske Racing Teammates:
3. Kurt Busch
9. Ryan Newman