NASCAR: Sam Hornish Jr. Gets A New Opportunity

By Christy Valdez
Matthew O’Haren-USA TODAY Sports

The 2014 NASCAR season will be all about new beginnings for Sam Hornish Jr. as his career takes a new path.

After being a part of the Penske Racing lineup for several years, Hornish will be moving to a new team, joining the NASCAR Nationwide Series lineup at Joe Gibbs Racing by sharing the No.54 Toyota Camry with Kyle Busch for select races.

The new opportunity to continue to race within NASCAR may not have been what Hornish was looking for, but it allows him to continue his career. By joining JGR, even if it is for a limited schedule, it will allow him to continue to demonstrate his abilities on the track and possibly seek a better opportunity later on.

Being a part of Penske Racing for most of his racing career allowed Hornish to become an Indianapolis 500 winner and to become a three-time IndyCar champion. During the 2013 NASCAR Nationwide Series season, he was a contender for the championship until the finish. The 2013 season finale at Homestead not only marked the end of the season, but the end of the Hornish-Penske Racing era.

Now with a new opportunity with JGR, Hornish gets the opportunity to race in different gear in search of a full-time gig if he so chooses. The deal with JGR comes at an opportune time as not many rides are open within the top-three NASCAR touring series, and it’s not an opportunity to be wasted.

Christy Valdez is a NASCAR writer for Rant Sports. Follow her on Twitter @Knowursports and on Facebook at On The Sidelines With Christy 

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