Officials at Joe Gibbs Racing on Monday confirmed Sam Hornish Jr. has been hired to drive at least seven races in the NASCAR Nationwide Series in 2014 for the organization, splitting time in the No. 54 Toyota with Sprint Cup Series driver Kyle Busch.
Hornish most recently competed in the series with Penske Racing and finished second in the series standings. The former IndyCar series and Indianapolis 500 champion has two career wins in the series.
“I’m excited about driving the No. 54 Monster Energy car this year. It’s a great opportunity for me,” said Hornish. “It’s the best possible situation for me to jump into great equipment and have the opportunity to go right out and win. After working with Penske for 10 years and now to have the opportunity to partner with Joe Gibbs Racing, I couldn’t have asked for anything better. These are great people, top notch.
"To partner with Kyle, and all this team provides, with the support of Joe and J.D., it provides me with everything I need to succeed. It’s also a phenomenal opportunity for me to partner with a market leader such as Monster Energy. The brand identity and fan following that goes along with this sponsor is super. I can’t wait to get into that car!”
Hornish’s first race behind the wheel of the No. 54 Monster Energy Toyota will be May 3 at Talladega. In addition he will race both Iowa Speedway races, Road America, Chicagoland Speedway on July 19, Mid-Ohio, and Kentucky Speedway on September 20.