LEADING MAN: Through the first seven races of 2013, Hornish has led three times more laps than any other NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) regular. He also led more laps in 2013 than he did in 2012 and 2011 combined (46 starts).
TOUGH ON TOP: While enduring his fair share of racing ups and downs – with the high being a win in Vegas and the low being a 34th-place result at Texas – Hornish has led the series standings for seven-consecutive races to start the 2013 NNS season.
SURVIVAL IS PARAMOUNT: In his two previous NNS starts at Talladega, Hornish has completed every lap of competition.
WURTH: The No. 12 Penske Ford Mustang will once again be shorn with red and white Wurth livery this weekend as the team looks to score big at Talladega.
NEW DRAFTING PARTNER: This will be the first time that Hornish and Joey Logano will race together as teammates. The two drivers met early in the week to share their approach to superspeedway drafting and driving.
SPOTTER TAB: Tab Boyd is Hornish’s NNS spotter and Logano’s NSCS spotter. For this race, Boyd will stay with Hornish and Logano will borrow spotter Joey Meier from teammate Brad Keselowski.
SAM HORNISH JR., NO. 12 WURTH FORD
WHAT CHALLENGES DOES TALLADEGA PRESENT? “Talladega provides excitement for the fans. For the driver, there are more things that are out of your control than are in your control. We need to be cognizant of whom we are racing around and who we are racing with. Having a few drafting partners to work with is critical. Joey and I have discussed our approach to this race, and we are ready to push/draft each other to the front. We will do our best to take care of our Wurth Ford Mustang so that we can be there at the end and hopefully get a shot at the victory.”
GREG ERWIN, CREW CHIEF NO. 12 WURTH FORD
AS THE POINTS LEADER HOW DO YOU APPROACH THIS RACE? “At this point in the season, the series standings become more of a factor in terms of how you approach a race. Talladega brings specific challenges due to the inevitability of a multi-car crash. Our Ford Mustang is quite strong on the superspeedways, so we know we have a car that is capable of winning. We are focused on the championship, which means we will have to balance our approach. We’ll do our best to position ourselves to finish up front.”