Hornish Quickest in ARCA RE/MAX Series Test at Michigan
Indy 500 Champ Showing Prowess In Stock Cars Too
Fresh off the Indy 500, Sam Hornish, Jr. was quick in the MIS ARCA test. (PenskeRacing.com photo)
IRL Champ Sam Hornish made his first laps around Michigan Int’l Speedway in a full bodied ARCA RE/MAX Series stock car on Tuesday afternoon, unofficially posting the fastest time out of 18 drivers.
"This is my first time in anything other than an Indy Car here at Michigan," said Hornish. "It's definitely different in a stock car. They run a different line here; it’s a little more bumpy, but it’s fun. We ran the California Busch race and the tracks are very similar. I'd love to run the ARCA race in June, sponsorship dependent. It just works out that my two off weekends in the IRL are the two Cup weekends here at Michigan."
The full day open test was in preparation for the June 15 ARCA RE/MAX 200 at Michigan. Erik Darnell, in the No. 99 Simply Wow Cleaner and Degreaser Ford, was unofficially clocked at second fastest.
“We’re going to run both the ARCA race and the truck race at Michigan,” said Darnell. “It worked pretty good at Kansas. We finished second in the ARCA race and we won the truck race. I love Michigan. It’s fun from a driving standpoint. It’s big and wide so you can run anywhere on the track.”
Matt Hagans, Phillip McGilton and Justin Marks unofficially rounded out the top-five.
From the Michigan test, the ARCA RE/MAX Series heads to Iowa Speedway for the Prairie Meadows 250, event No. nine of the 23-race ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule. The Saturday night, June 2 thriller will be broadcast LIVE on SPEED beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern. Tickets are available by contacting Iowa Speedway (641) 791-8100.
The series returns to Michigan for the ARCA RE/MAX 200 on Friday, evening June 15, 2007. The race marks the series’ 26th appearance to Michigan Int’l Speedway since the inaugural race at the 2-mile oval in 1980. Former ARCA RE/MAX Series winners at Michigan include Jeff Purvis, Tim Steele, Chad Blount, Kerry Earnhardt, Casey Mears, Joe Ruttman, Reed Sorenson, David
Stremme and Steve Wallace, among others. This year’s edition of the race marks the 11th of 23 events on the 2007 ARCA RE/MAX Series schedule and will be aired LIVE on SPEED beginning at 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, June 15, 2007. Tickets are available by calling (800) 354-1010.
# Name Hometown Team & Car Time Speed
27 Sam Hornish/Defiance OH Penske Racing Dodge 39.090 184.190
99 Erik Darnell/Beach Park IL Simply Wow Cleaner & Degreaser Ford 39.150 183.908
9 Matt Hagans/Indianapolis IN Eagle Creek Aviation Dodge 39.540 182.094
47 Phillip McGilton/Marion IL SIPerformance Ford 39.590 181.864
65 Justin Marks/Rocklin CA Construct Corps Dodge 39.680 181.452
02 Bobby Santos III/Franklin MA Bill Davis Racing Toyota 40.450 177.998
00 Robb Brent/Shelby Township MI Orchard Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ford 40.550 177.559
17 AJ Henriksen/Mooresville NC Engineered Components Ford 40.620 177.253
11 Bryan Silas/Stuart FL Nortrax-Shell Rotella Chevrolet 40.660 177.078
60 Patrick Sheltra/Indiantown FL Premier Motorsports Chevrolet 40.950 176.687
07 Billy Tanner/Newtown PA CheapCaribbean.com Chevrolet 41.140 175.012
30 Terry Jones/Amherstburg ON Jones Group Dodge 41.361 174.081
5 Bobby Gerhart/Lebanon PA Lucas Oil Chevrolet 41.450 173.703
12x Mario Gosselin/Lake Wales, FL Guaranteed Concrete Chevrolet 41.720 172.579
12 Michel Disdier/Nice France DGM Racing Chevrolet 42.640 168.856
89 Alex Garcia/Marietta GA Dixien-Omnisource-Transnet Racing Chevy 43.620 165.062
20 Mark Dimitroff/Flat Rock MI Repossession Results Chevrolet 44.030 163.525
71 Larry Hollenbeck/Kalamazoo MI Spectra Contracting Ford NT NT