Sam Hornish entered 2008 on the wings of hype that warned us to be prepared — another successful open-wheeler was ready to take NASCAR by storm. He exited the season on the heels of zero wins, top-fives or top-tens, 35th in points and with 23 finishes of 25th-or-worse in his 35 races.
Well, as the above photo shows (he’s in the No. 77), he did gain invaluable experience driving in traffic …
Anyway. In some arenas, results like Hornish’s could be sufficient to convince an employer like Penske Racing that it might want to, you know, head in another direction and perhaps hire a New York cabbie – ample experience in traffic and accustomed to working for a lot less. And while Hornish probably doesn’t have an endless coil of rope with which to hang himself, the powers that be at Penske recently unspooled a few more feet: they gave Hornish a “vote of confidence.”
“We’re absolutely committed to Sam,” a Penske official told The Detroit Free Press. “We’re behind him and … we are very committed to Sam and expect him to do well.”
Phew – young Sammy sure can rest easy this holiday season! Because, you know, assertions of front office support and confidence mean so much in sports.