Whether or not he is able to overhaul teammate Helio Castroneves for the 2006 Indy Racing League championship, Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish, Jr.'s future may ultimately lie -- not in IndyCars -- but in NASCAR.
Team owner Roger Penske said Saturday that he is working on a plan to run Hornish in selected NASCAR Busch and ARCA ReMax Challenge Series races next season, in addition to the full IRL schedule. “Sam has talked about running some Busch or ARCA races, and we’re looking at a potential program," said Penske. "We haven’t put all the pieces together.”
Penske refused to speculate on whether the move might lead to a full-time NASCAR effort for Hornish in 2008. He would join Juan Pablo Montoya, Paul Tracy, Adrian Fernandez, Sarah Fisher and Max Papis on the list of Open Wheel drivers currently attempting to cultivate careers in NASCAR.