Published on November 18th, 2013 | by Michael J Smith0
Hornish, Penske Part Ways
Sam Hornish and Penske Racing have parted ways, according to the Associated Press.
Hornish finished second in the Nationwide Series points standings, three points by series champion Austin Dillon.
Team owner Roger Penske said:
My issue with myself is I started him in the Cup level with no practice. One of the greatest open-wheel racers we had in IndyCar. I think maybe I started his career backwards. … “I think he’s going to have a chance to drive something next year. A couple things out there look quite promising. I would support him always. He needs to have a good ride because he’s a quality guy, a family man. Remember, he won an Indy 500 for us. That’s pretty special.
Hornish seems unwilling to consider a seat in the IZOD IndyCar Series. He said:
I don’t want to take any more steps backward or be in something that’s not going to give me the opportunity to go out there and be competitive and have an opportunity to at least run in the top 10. It wouldn’t be optimal to run a part-time schedule, but it might help me out. I might be able to go and do testing. I might be able to learn a lot of other things and to be able to forge forward and to be even better in the next go-round.