Sam Hornish, Jr., added to Joe Gibbs Racing team

1/6/2014
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Sam Hornish Jr., a NASCAR Nationwide driver from Defiance, prepares to test the Toledo Speedway in Toledo, Ohio.

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Joe Gibbs Racing announced today that Defiance native Sam Hornish, Jr., will be one of its drivers for the 2014 NASCAR Nationwide season.

Joe Gibbs Racing announced the addition of Hornish on its Facebook page. Hornish will drive the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota for seven Nationwide races this season. Kyle Busch will drive in 26 races in the No. 54 car for Joe Gibbs Racing.

Hornish, a former Indianapolis 500 and IndyCar champion, drove for Penske and finished second in the 2013 Nationwide standings, behind Austin Dillon.

Hornish's first race this season is scheduled for May 3 at Talladega (Ala.) Superspeedway. Hornish is also scheduled to race in two Iowa Speedway races, Road America, Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, Mid-Ohio in August, and Kentucky Speedway on September 20.