Sam Hornish Jr. Dover International Speedway Preview

May 11, 2010

No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger
Autism Speaks 400 presented by HERSHEY®’S Milk & Milkshakes
Dover International Speedway
May 16, 2010

Mobil 1 Team News and Notes
• Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge Charger, has a total of five NASCAR career starts at Dover International Speedway. In total, he has earned four top-20 starts and two top-20 finishes at Dover with a best finish of 13th (May, 2009). Hornish has a completed 1691 out of 1800 total laps (93.9 %) at the high-banked “Monster Mile.”
• Hornish has 25 career NASCAR Cup Series starts at short track venues with a total of three top-10, five top-15 and nine top-20 finishes coming at tracks no larger than one mile in distance.
• Mobil 1 crew chief Travis Geisler offers fans a glimpse into car setup for each racetrack on the NASCAR Cup Series circuit at Geisler reports that at Dover, track position is important and less-is-more when it comes to pit stops at the concrete short track. Learn more at
• In 76 Cup Series starts at Dover International Speedway, Penske Racing has a total of six wins – three with Rusty Wallace and three with Ryan Newman. The organization also has 10 pole awards, 22 top-five and 32 top-10 finishes at the one-mile oval.
• 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.
• Hornish will be on hand to sign autographs at the Penske Racing souvenir trailer on Sunday, May 16 from 9:45 – 10:15 a.m. EDT at Dover International Speedway.

Sam Hornish Jr. Quote
Talk about the track surface at Dover International Speedway and how you have to adjust your driving style heading into the corners?
“It's like they built a little ramp at the end of each of the straight-aways by about six inches that just launches the whole car into the corners. Obviously, the front end is heavier on these cars, so when you get in there, the front is more secure and the back wants to slide around. So you're easy on the brakes until you know the car is set then you can brake a lot harder. I like Dover; it's a lot of fun and we usually run really well there in the spring race. I’m looking forward to this weekend and hopefully learning more to help when we return there in the fall.”

Crew Chief Travis Geisler Quote
What are the keys to success at Dover International Speedway?
“Dover is one of my favorite race tracks on the circuit; it is very demanding on the car and drivers. Watching the cars drop off the straightaway into the 24 degree-banked corners really gives you a feel for how fast they are going. The key to Dover will be getting the car stable during the entry phase of the corner because the back of the car really wants to slide out. A good qualifying position has always been important but that is more because of the tight pit road than the difficulty to pass on the track. In the past few races the track has widened out a lot in the corners and has allowed for good side-by-side racing. The Mobil 1 Dodge team is ready to take on the ‘Monster Mile’.”