No. 12 WURTH Dodge Challenger Preview-Richmond

April 24, 2012

No. 12 WURTH Dodge Team News and Notes
• Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the Penske Racing No. 12 Wurth Dodge Challenger, will make his seventh start of the 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) season Friday evening in the Virginia 529 College Savings 250 at Richmond International Raceway (RIR).
• This race marks the second of seven races with WURTH as a primary sponsor of the No. 12 Penske Racing Dodge in NNS competition. The Wurth Companies of North America provide customers with everything they need to succeed in the Automotive, Industrial and Woodworking Industries. Whether it is a small body shop or nationwide fleet maintenance company, Wurth USA offers the unparalleled selection and unbeatable service that is synonymous with the Wurth brand.
• Hornish's return to RIR marks his 12th consecutive year of competing at the venue.
• This will mark Hornish's fourth Nationwide Series start at RIR. He has six NSCS starts and 7 IICS starts which include two victories at the venue (2006 & 2002) and one pole (2005).
• From 2006 to present, Hornish has made a total of 39 NNS starts. He has scored one victory, two top-five and eight top-10 finishes, while also claiming five top-five and 12 top-10 starting positions during that time.
• After six races Hornish and the WURTH Dodge team are fourth in the NNS Championship point standings.
• This weekend the No. 12 WURTH Dodge Challenger will race with chassis No. 224 which was last raced at Phoenix in March
• Fun fact - Sam is currently reading the book The Last Open Road by B.S. Levy.
• Penske Racing is proud to use PPG's Envirobase® High Performance waterborne system on its cars as part of our ongoing initiative towards "green" business practices. Use of PPG's Envirobase® High Performance waterborne coatings helps improve air quality by significantly reducing the amount of VOCs released into the atmosphere and provide our cars a superb finish.
• Penske Racing has 354 all-time race victories with 101 stock car wins and 416 pole positions overall including 129 NASCAR poles.
• Tune in to SpeedTV on Sunday, April 29 to see Hornish as he continues in his first season as an analyst on SPEED Center.
• Follow Hornish at @PenskeRacing, @SamHornish,, and the Penske Racing and Sam Hornish, Jr. Facebook pages - and

Sam Hornish Jr. comments about this weekend's Virginia 529 College Savings 250

"Richmond is a place I always enjoy because it has two distinctly different ends and it is a compromise to find the fastest way around the track. It may be that you get the car to handle great through turns 3 and 4, but you really have to wheel it through turns 1 and 2. I like that kind of track because it really challenges the driver and crew. We are happy to be back in the WURTH Dodge Challenger this weekend and are working hard to make gains in the championship."

Crew Chief Chad Walter comments about this weekend's Virginia 529 College Savings 250
"We had the opportunity to race with Sam last spring in Richmond, and I felt that we had a strong showing as we brought home a seventh -place finish. As a Crew Chief, Richmond is a tough venue, as the practice is early in the day and the race goes on into the night. Finding the balance to rotate the car in the center and have good drive off is the key here. The guys have put together a great looking Wurth Challenger and we are all ready to bring home a strong finish".