The newest addition to the Joe Gibbs Racing team is a veteran driver and champion. Sam Hornish Jr. has succeeded in the World Karting Association and the IndyCar Series before coming to NASCAR in 2006. Learn more about this talented driver, who will be sharing the seat of the No. 54 Toyota Camry with Kyle Busch in the Nationwide Series in 2014.
Samuel Jon Hornish Jr. was born July 2nd, 1979 in Defiance, Ohio. He began racing at age 11 in go-karts, progressing from junior leagues to the World Karting Association in 1993, winning numerous championships over the next few seasons. He then moved from karting to the USF2000 Series, and also competed in the Toyota Atlantic Series and at the 24 Hours of Daytona.
Hornish Jr. moved to the Indy Racing League in 2000, winning three championships (2001, 2002 and 2006) and the 2006 Indianapolis 500 as a member of Team Penske. 2006 also began Hornish Jr.’s transition to NASCAR with Penske, competing in the final two Busch (now Nationwide) Series races of the season. In 2007, Hornish Jr. competed in his final full season in the IRL while also competing part-time in both the Busch and Sprint Cup Series.
Hornish Jr. raced full-time in the Sprint Cup Series from 2008 to 2010 before a lack of sponsorship left him without a ride for 2011. He competed in several Nationwide Series races for Penske that season, picking up his first NASCAR victory at Phoenix in November – also the site of his first IRL win in 2001. Hornish Jr. raced for Penske in the Nationwide Series from 2006 to 2013.
In eight seasons in IndyCar (2000 to 2007), Hornish Jr. amassed 19 wins, 10 poles and three championships. In seven seasons in the Nationwide Series (2006 to 2013), he has two wins and five poles – his first race of the 2014 season, scheduled for May 3rd at Talladega, will mark his 100th start in the series. In seven seasons of Cup Series racing (2007 to 2013), Hornish Jr. has nine top 10 finishes.
Off the track Hornish Jr. and his wife Crystal are the parents of two daughters, Addison Faith and Eliza Jo.
For more information on Hornish Jr., visit his website, samhornish.com.
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