Sam Hornish Jr. Texas Motor Speedway Preview

November 3, 2009

Sam Hornish Jr.
No. 77 AAA Dodge Charger
Texas Motor Speedway – Dickies 500
November 8, 2009

AAA Team News and Notes of Interest
• Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 AAA Dodge Charger, has two top-20 finishes in NASCAR competition at Texas Motor Speedway. In addition, Hornish has three victories and seven top-five results at the 1.5-mile quad-oval in IndyCar Series competition.
• Hornish will once again host the Sam Hornish Jr. Celebrity Bowling Tournament this week in Texas. Open to the public, the tournament will take place on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at Main Event in Grapevine, Texas and will benefit Speedway Children’s Charities. Additional information is available at
• Fans can now follow Sam Hornish Jr. on Twitter at Fans can get a glimpse inside his everyday life while keeping up-to-date on the latest news for the No. 77 team.

Sam Hornish Jr. on Texas Motor Speedway
“This is one of my favorite weekends on the schedule because I get to host a charity bowling tournament in conjunction with Speedway Children’s Charities. This will be the fifth year for the tournament, which started during my IndyCar Series days and, to date, we have raised over $400,000 for the children of north Texas. It’s a fun night for a great cause and we look forward to seeing everyone there.

“As for the race, the biggest thing that I’ve learned about racing in Texas is that you have to be patient during the first 75% of the race in order to be on the lead lap near the end. Also, you don’t want to go too quick too early as tire wear falls off and you may find yourself racing to stay on the lead lap.”

Crew Chief Travis Geisler on Texas Motor Speedway
“Texas Motor Speedway is known as one of the fastest tracks on the circuit. Drivers need to be alert and have quick responses in case something happens on track. The track surface has gotten better over time and creates some great racing. Although this No. 77 team has been strong at intermediate tracks overall, we still feel there is some room for growth on the 1.5-mile ovals. We hope to have a solid run this weekend and build on our intermediate program for 2010.”