|Sam Hornish, Jr.|
“I don’t have any paper in my hand saying what’s going to happen next year,” said Hornish. “I know Roger’s been out there (in the media) saying he’d like to have me back, but we’ll just have to wait and see how everything plays out. We’ve got some really good sponsors and we’re moving forward on some other ones, but it’s a really tough time with the economy.
“A lot of people are waiting around to see what’s going to happen with the election,” he revealed. “That will impact how the economy goes, and it’s funny how big a role politics plays in our racing world. When you’re talking about the kind of money it takes to run a full Nationwide or Sprint Cup schedule, there are a lot of things involved.
Hornish said that uncertainty, combined with Penske’s recent decision to sign Joey Logano to drive the team’s No. 22 Shell Pennzoil-sponsored Sprint Cup Series Ford next season, has made for a difficult few weeks.
“It’s obviously been tough, with all the things that have happened,” he said. “But I try to remain as loyal as I can to Penske Racing. I know they’ve done a lot for me, and I love this organization. I hope we can move forward together, but I can’t feel too happy until I know for sure what’s going to happen next year. It’s just a tough time right now.
He said his primarily goal is to end the 2012 season on a high note, win races and continue to contend for the Nationwide Series championship.
“My goal at the start of the start of the season was to finish in the Top-3 in Nationwide points,” he said. “We’re fourth right now – 46 out of the lead – and it’s not too late to make a run. We just need to find another five percent in performance.
“We’re going to do the best we can to cap off this season on a high note with both (Nationwide and Sprint Cup) cars, then see what the future holds for us.”
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