Hornish and Franchitti return to Kansas Speedway this September
Open-wheel phenoms Dario Franchitti and Sam Hornish, Jr. will race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas 400 this September.
Franchitti and Hornish both moved from the IndyCar Series to NASCAR’s top series this season. In the past, the IndyCar champions raced at Kansas Speedway in April’s IndyCar Series Indy 300.
Hornish raced with the IndyCar Series for eight years. He has an Indy 500 victory under his belt and three IndyCar Series championships. Hornish raced for Team Penske with a partial schedule in the ARCA RE/MAX Series and NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2007, preparing himself for the move to NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time.
“There's so many things that are new challenges and big races that you can win,” said Hornish. “Getting to come over here and see if we can't get to the point where we're successful and winning races. That's really the big reason why I wanted to do it.”
Franchitti followed Hornish to the NASCAR ranks at the end of 2007, when he announced his move to Chip Ganassi Racing’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team in 2008. He also developed skills in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series and ARCA RE/MAX Series before moving to the NASCAR Sprint Cup. Franchitti holds an Indy 500 victory and an IndyCar Series championship.
“It's been great. Getting to win Indianapolis, win the championship, win our class in Sebring, get to come over here and race stock cars, race for Chip and Felix and win the 24 Hours at Daytona, it's pretty cool. It's the stuff you dream of,” said Franchitti.
Franchitti started his Sprint Cup career with a 33rd spot finish after a race-long struggle to break away from the middle of the pack. A NASCAR Sprint Cup debut at Daytona had Hornish in the top six early in the race, but finished 15th after a pit stop to change all four tires.
See all of your favorite IndyCar Series and NASCAR drivers at Kansas Speedway this season. Get your tickets today for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Kansas 400, the NASCAR Nationwide Series Kansas Lottery 300, the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series O'Reilly Auto Parts 250, and the IndyCar Series Road Runner Turbo Indy 300. Call 866.460.RACE or visit online at www.kansasspeedway.com.