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INDYU.S.A.June 24, 2006
IRL IndyCar Series
Round 07: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond
Hornish Scores Honda’s 100 Open-Wheel Win Qualifying >>

Marlboro Team Penske’s Sam Hornish Jr. scored Honda’s 100 race victory in Indy Racing League and Championship Auto Racing Team history Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway, dominating the Suntrust Indy Challenge in a race run at a record pace on the shortest track on the IRL circuit.

Sam Hornish Jr.

Vitor Meira

In a race slowed only three times by the caution flag, another Richmond IndyCar record, Hornish took the lead from teammate Helio Castroneves on Lap 39 and was never headed for the remainder of the 250-lap event, scoring his second win of the 2006 season and moving within four points of Castroneves in the championship points battle.

An exciting late-race pass of Dario Franchitti netted Vitor Meira his sixth career second-place finish. Meira ran fourth in the early laps, but problems at the first round of pit stops dropped the Panther Racing driver back to 10th. However, Meira fought his way through the field during the second half of the race, finally going very low in Turn One to pass Franchitti on Lap 246 as the pair came up on a slowing Castroneves, who was struggling with a deflating right rear tire. At almost the same instant, the failing tire came off Castroneves’ car, leading to the caution that ended the race.

Other events in the hectic final laps included both Target Chip Ganassi cars having to pit for fuel in the final 10 laps, costing Dan Wheldon and Scott Dixon top-six finishes, while Delphi Fernandez Racing’s Scott Sharp put on a late-race charge to finish fifth, just behind rookie points leader Marco Andretti.

Honda entered North American open-wheel racing at the start of the 1994 Championship Auto Racing Team season, and the manufacturer scored its first victory, with driver Andre Ribeiro and his Tasman Motorsports team, at the one-mile New Hampshire International oval in 1995.

Honda went on to win 65 times in CART through the 2002 season, then moved to the IRL IndyCar Series in 1993. Andretti Green Racing’s Tony Kanaan posted Honda’s first IRL race win, at Phoenix in 2003, the start of a run of 35 victories to date for Honda in the IndyCar Series.

Sam Hornish Jr.(#6 Marlboro Team Penske Honda) Started 3, finished 1, his second win of 2006, his 16th career IndyCar win, has led in every race this year:
“It was a great weekend for us, I’m really happy to be the first repeat winner here in IndyCars. It’s also Honda’s 100th win, so that’s great, too. There were a lot of close calls out there tonight, as there always are at these short tracks, but the breaks seemed to all go our way when we needed them. Team Penske did a great job, it was a tough night out there, but our guys did what they had to do to get us a win.”

Robert Clarke (President, Honda Performance Development) on 100 Open-Wheel victories for Honda:
“I have personally been in attendance at every one of our 100 wins, and I remember each as if it were yesterday. I remember the joy and excitement of Andre Riberio winning our first race in New Hampshire in 1995, the outstanding performance tonight from Sam Hornish Jr. and all the wins between these two landmarks. We've truly been blessed with some outstanding talents throughout our open-wheel racing program, and our congratulations tonight to Sam, Roger Penske and the entire Team Penske organization. My congratulations also go out to all of our associates at Honda Performance Development for their passion, hard work, and dedication over the years.”

Dario Franchitti

Kosuke Matsuura

Honda Open-Wheel Fast Stats
(CART 1994-2002; IRL 2003-2006)

220 Races, 164 in CART, 56 in IRL IndyCar Series competition (through Richmond 2006)

100 Race Wins, 65 in CART 1994-2002, 35 in IndyCar 2003 (through Richmond 2006)
12 Honda Race Engines designed, produced and raced since 1994

6 Manufacturers’ Championships in CART (1996, 1998-99, 2001) and the IRL (2004-05)

8 Drivers’ Championships: Jimmy Vasser (1996); Alex Zanardi (1997-98); Juan Pablo
Montoya (1999); Gil de Ferran (2000-01); Tony Kanaan (2004); and Dan Wheldon (2005)

6 Rookie titles: Alex Zanardi (1996); Tony Kanaan (1998); Juan Pablo Montoya (1999);
Dan Wheldon (2003); Kosuke Matsuura (2004); and Danica Patrick (2005)

17 Race Winning Drivers: Alex Zanardi-15; Dario Franchitti-14; Dan Wheldon-10; Helio
Castroneves-10; Jimmy Vasser-8; Tony Kanaan-7; Paul Tracy-6; Juan Pablo Montoya-6; Gil de Ferran-6; Adrian Fernandez-4; Andre Ribeiro-3; Buddy Rice-3; Michael Andretti-2; Bryan Herta- 2; Sam Hornish Jr.-2; Scott Sharp-1; Scott Dixon-1

8 Race Winning Teams: Team KOOL Green/Andretti Green Racing-39; Target Chip Ganassi Racing-31; Marlboro Team Penske-16;Tasman Motorsports/McDonald’s Championship Racing- 5; Fernandez Racing-4; Rahal Letterman Racing-3; Walker Racing-1; Jim Hall Racing-1

95 Pole Qualifying Runs; 65 in CART and 30 in the IRL

Year Races Wins Poles Standings Honda Engine

1994 16 0 0 N/A* Honda HRX Indy V-8
1995 17 1 2 3rd Honda HRX through Nazareth
Honda HRH starting at the Indianapolis 500
1996 16 11 12 1st Honda HRH Indy V-8
1997 17 6 6 2nd Honda HRR Turbo V-8
1998 19 13 7 1st Honda HRK Turbo V-8
1999 20 14 13 1st Honda HRS Turbo V-8
2000 20 8 11 2nd Honda HR-0 Turbo V-8
2001 20 7 9 1st Honda HR-1 Turbo V-8
2002 19 5 5 2nd Honda HR-2 Turbo V-8
2003 16 2 3 2nd Honda HI3R Indy V-8
2004 16 14 11 1st Honda HI4R Indy V-8 (3.5 liter capacity)
Honda HI4R-A starting at the Indianapolis 500
2005 17 12 9 1st Honda HI5R Indy V-8
2006** 7 7 7 N/A* Honda HI6R Indy V-8

* CART Manufacturers’ Championship originated in 1995; Honda is sole IRL engine supplier in 2006
** Statistics complete through Richmond International Raceway, 7 race in the 2006 season

IRL IndyCar Series
Round 07: Richmond International Raceway, Richmond

1 Sam Hornish Jr. (Marlboro Team Penske)
2 Vitor Meira (Panther Racing)
3 Dario Franchitti (Andretti Green Racing )
4 Scott Sharp (Delphi Fernandez)
5 Marco Andretti (Andretti Green Racing)
6 Bryan Herta (Andretti Green Racing)
7 Tomas Scheckter (Vision Racing)
8 Ed Carpenter (Vision Racing)
9 Dan Wheldon (Target Chip Ganassi)
10 Scott Dixon (Target Chip Ganassi)

Sam Hornish Jr.

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