Indy 500 Winner Sam Hornish Jr. to Drive Mobil 1 Dodge in Seven NASCAR Busch Series Races in '07
FAIRFAX, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
ExxonMobil and Penske Racing announced today that 2006 Indianapolis 500 winner Sam Hornish Jr. will drive the #12 Mobil 1 Dodge in seven NASCAR Busch Series races during the 2007 season. The three-time IndyCar Series champion will join fellow Penske Racing drivers Ryan Newman and Kurt Busch for a limited schedule as Penske Racing expands its presence in the NASCAR Busch Series in 2007.
"Sam Hornish Jr. is a talented driver and ExxonMobil hopes that with our support and the support of the Penske team, Sam will reach his goals in the Busch Series this year," said Juan Carlos Marroquin, Americas marketing manager, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Petroleum Specialties Company. "The Mobil 1 brand was featured on Sam's car when he made his 2006 debut in the Busch Series, and we're excited to see what the 2007 racing season has in store."
Hornish is scheduled to drive the #12 Mobil 1 Dodge in the following NASCAR Busch Series races in 2007:
-- February 17 - Daytona International Speedway -- February 24 - California Speedway -- May 4 - Richmond International Raceway -- August 18 - Michigan International Speedway -- September 22 - Dover International Speedway -- November 10 - Phoenix International Raceway -- November 17 - Homestead - Miami Speedway
"Thanks to Penske and ExxonMobil, I was able to make my NASCAR debut in the Mobil 1 Dodge at the end of the 2006 Busch Series season, and I learned a lot," said Hornish. "This year I look forward to the challenge of competing in the Busch Series and defending my IndyCar Series title at the same time."
Hornish will compete full-time in the IndyCar Series with hopes of securing a second Indy 500 win and a fourth IndyCar Series Championship in 2007. Hornish's 2007 Busch Series schedule will not conflict with his IndyCar commitments.
ExxonMobil also will continue its sponsorship of Ryan Newman during the 2007 Nextel Cup Series season. Newman is scheduled to drive the #12 Mobil 1 Dodge in the following five Nextel Cup races in '07:
-- February 25 - California Speedway -- July 15 - Chicagoland Speedway -- August 5 - Pocono Raceway -- September 16 - New Hampshire International Speedway -- October 28 - Atlanta Motor Speedway About Mobil 1
The world's leading synthetic motor oil, Mobil 1 features a proprietary SuperSyn anti-wear technology that provides performance beyond conventional motor oils. This technology allows Mobil 1 to exceed the toughest standards of car builders and to provide exceptional protection against engine wear, under normal or even the most extreme conditions.
About Penske Racing
Penske Racing has compiled one of the most successful performance records in the history of professional sports. Currently competing in the American Le Mans Series, IndyCar Series, and in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch Series, cars owned and prepared by Penske Racing have 280 major race wins, 325 pole positions and 20 National Championships.
ExxonMobil and Mobil 1 are trademarks of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) or one of its subsidiaries. Penske Racing has used Mobil motor oils exclusively in all of its race cars since 1991. Mobil motor oils are the Official Lubricants of NASCAR.
Source: Exxon Mobil Corporation
Released January 25, 2007