Hornish talk heats up

Published October 14, 2006

CONCORD, N.C. - Reports that IRL champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish will make his stock car debut next month at Phoenix in a Busch series car are premature, a Team Penske spokesman said Friday night.

A story posted Friday on ThatsRacing.com, the racing Web site for the Charlotte Observer, said Penske will enter Hornish in the Busch races at Phoenix and Homestead in November, as well as in selected Busch and ARCA events next season before launching a full-time Nextel Cup career in 2008.

"It's a goal of ours to get him into a Busch race this year," Chris Schwartz, director of marketing and communications for the Penske team, told the Associated Press. "But he hasn't even tested a (stock) car yet. We hope to get that accomplished soon and we hope to get him in the Phoenix (Busch) race and maybe the Homestead (Busch) race, too. But nothing is done yet."

Hornish, 27, is a three-time IRL champion. He won his first two titles with Panther Racing in 2001 and '02. He moved to Penske in 2004 and gave his new team owner his first IndyCar Series championship this season.

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