Decision '07

Posted by Iannucci | 11/08/2007 | 12 comments »
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Wait - Sam Hornish Jr is leaving the IndyCar series? Who saw this coming?

Sam Hornish Jr. is leaving the IndyCar Series for a full-time ride in NASCAR, joining the mass exodus of open-wheel stars fleeing to America's most popular racing series.

The three-time IndyCar champion told The Associated Press he will drive the No. 77 Dodge next season for Penske Racing with Mobil 1 as the sponsor.

"I feel like this is something that is a new and unique challenge for me," Hornish said Thursday. "It may or may not be the right way to look at it, but I feel like I accomplished just about everything in Indy cars. I got to do more than I ever thought I would."

(MORE from the Associated Press)
Looks like I need to finally find a headshot of Ryan Briscoe.


  1. mmack // November 08, 2007 10:33 AM  


    I suggest either "Flyin' Ryan" or "Briscoe County Jr." as his My Name Is IRL nickname when Briscoe finally comes on board.

  2. Jeff Iannucci // November 08, 2007 10:43 AM  

    I'll take those into consideration, but if someone says "Ryan Briscoe" to me a certain event at Chicagoland is what comes to mind.

    Two words: Briscoe Inferno

  3. Anonymous // November 08, 2007 11:19 AM  

    You could always ask Nicole Manske for a Briscoe head shot.

  4. mmack // November 08, 2007 12:20 PM  


    Then you'll want to make this Mr. Briscoe's icon.

  5. pressdog // November 08, 2007 2:25 PM  

    Brisalicous! Hornish is leaving? Dude, I've had inlaws who have left faster than Hornish. He's the giant tortoise of leaving.

  6. Billy Coy // November 08, 2007 3:31 PM  
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  7. john clerk // November 08, 2007 3:56 PM  

    Well he took his sweet time making the it final, didn't he?

    Eh, he'll be back. Sooner or later they all come back to Indianapolis (except Newman/Haas)

  8. Johnny // November 08, 2007 5:36 PM  

    Haas may be back, it's just that he'll be "busy" for the next 2 years.

  9. Dale Nixon // November 09, 2007 7:37 AM  

    Notice how every photo like the inferno has Matsuura lurking...

  10. john clerk // November 09, 2007 8:03 AM  


    "Busy?" or in the immortal words of Ed Meese, "did i miss something?"

  11. mmack // November 09, 2007 8:50 AM  


    It's Gene Haas, team owner from the N-word series who will be a guest of the Federal Gov't for the next 24 months. Carl Haas is the Haas in Newman\Haas\Lanigan\Anybody else want to go with a team that actually has paying sponsors? racing team in CC. Carl did have a team in the N-word series, but that was from 1994-97 as Kranefuss-Haas Racing, which was sold to Penske Racing South (Car 12).

    So we have a Haas that didn't work with Newman going to jail, while the Haas that does work with Newman sold his N-Word team to an owner who has Newman as his driver.

    Crystal clear, huh? :^P

  12. Johnny // November 09, 2007 10:02 AM  

    Haha. Wow. No wonder we were confused on that one. Correction noted.