Sam Hornish Jr. Wins 2001 Indy Racing Northern Light Series Championship
Chicago, IL 09/02/01 – Sam Hornish Jr., the 22-year old racing phenom clinched the Northern Lights Indy Racing League championship at the Delphi Indy 300 in Chicago on September 2nd. Driving the #4 Pennzoil/Panther Racing/HPC Indy Car Sam placed a close second to Jaques Lazier’s first place finish giving Hornish enough points to win the 2001 championship.
Sam’s season was incredible for just his second year in Indy cars. In 2001 Sam had 10 Top 5 finishes in 12 races, winning two and leading 650 laps, tying Tony Stewart’s single-season league record. The next event is the Chevy 500 on September 16, where Sam may break the record.
Panther Racing utilizes HPC’s coatings and engineering knowledge in the areas of exhaust and drivetrain components. HPC’s HiPerCoat Extreme™ is used for exhaust components on the #4 car and solid dry film lubricants are used on various drivetrain components to reduce friction and increase life. Sam has completed an astounding 2,443 of 2,450 laps this season without mechanical failure while using HPC coatings to protect critical components of the car. HPC is a second year associate sponsor with Panther Racing.
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