The perception for a lot of fans is when Hornish went to NASCAR, is that he was unceremoniously abandoning open-wheel racing. His defenders will often say that as a champion, he was just moving on as a champion to the next challenge. However you view Sam Hornish, Jr., his returning for a one-shot at Indy would be an interesting storyline, and one more former champion trying to make the field of 33. Interestingly enough, the Indy 500 winner only had one other Top 10 finish at Indy, despite being a 3-time IRL champion. His other finishes? 14th, 15th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, and 26th. Sam Hornish, Jr., would be a good story at Indy, but a better one might be which Sam Hornish, Jr. shows up.
|Hornish at his last Indy 500 in 2007, where he finished 4th.|
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