In the spotlight this week: NASCAR Sprint Cup driver and IndyCar champion Sam Hornish Jr.
What’s fun besides racing?
Sam Hornish Jr.: It all depends. Some days it is helping my daughters out with art projects or whatever they have going on. Other days it is building stuff out of wood or metal. I don’t want to say crafty stuff but I like to build stuff and think of things to work on. I usually have about 15 projects in the rotation. If I get stuck on something I’ll think about it and do something else while I’m doing that until I come up with a reasonable way to fix the problem. I don’t seem to ever do anything twice.
What’s the top item on your bucket list?
Hornish: I don’t know. I’ve been pretty lucky. I’ve raced the Daytona 500 and the Indy 500. Outside of any kind of racing thing, I would like to walk the Appalachian Trail. I don’t know that I’d hike the whole thing through at one time. I like to be outdoors and do stuff like that. Seeing things I haven’t seen before and going different places. I haven’t been to all 50 states yet so I have to get on that.
Your go-to on movie night is:
Hornish: I like comedies. I don’t have anything that I HAVE to watch. One of the ones that seems to be pretty constant in the rotation is The Departed, I don’t know why. It has a little bit of suspense in it but there is a lot of humor in it too. Even though it isn’t a comedy humor but there is some very good wording in it.
What’s one item that’s always in your grocery bag?
Most memorable fan interaction?
Hornish: There have been quite a few good ones over the years. When I was running Indy cars at Indianapolis, right before I got married, a girl came up to me and pulled her shirt down and wanted me to sign her. She got mad at me because I wouldn’t do it. I told her I’d sign a piece of paper, I’d sign her tank top, or anything else. She actually used the F-word at me. My future wife and my mom were standing there too. No matter what, it was going to be a difficult conversation with two of the most important women in my life at that time.
|What’s fun besides racing?||What’s the top item on your bucket list?||Your go-to on movie night:||One item that’s always in your grocery bag?||Most memorable fan interaction:|
|Cole Whitt||Fishing||Visiting Bora Bora||God’s Not Dead||Ground Turkey||Getting called by the wrong name|
|Nothing||Winning a Martinsville clock||Miracle||Yogurt||Signing an arm so they could have it tattooed on|
|Ron Capps||Watching other racing||Going into space||Something with Will Ferrell in it||A receipt||Visiting the Zoo at Brainerd|
|Casey Mears||Playing with my kids||Winning another Sprint Cup race||Good Will Hunting||Eggs||Meeting with U.S. soldiers|
|Alexis DeJoria||Family adventures||Bungee jumping||Something horror or sci fi||Vegetable juices||A fan who cried when she met me|
|Ryan Newman||Anything outdoors||Nothing-enjoy life every day!||Tombstone||Bread||Anytime a kid asks a question|
|David Gilliland||Riding 4-wheelers||Deep-sea fishing in Alaska||Days of Thunder||Bananas||Getting mistaken for Travis Kvapil (happens a lot)|
|Fast Jack Beckman||Surfing||Skydiving||Any movie, especially action or sci-fi||Bananas||Hanging out with 11-year-old Jacob Delling|
|Brad Keselowski||Personal growth||Winning another Cup title||Forrest Gump||Flowers for my girlfriend||All of them-it’s not fair to rate them!|
|Spencer Massey||Traveling and driving||Winning an NHRA Mello Yello title||Caddyshack||Frozen pizzas||Their reaction to Gatornationals win|
|Brendan Gaughan||Kids||SCUBA diving in the Galapagos||Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, and The Princess Bride||Toilet paper||Too many to choose from|
|Hanging with high school buddies||Winning an NHRA championship||Get Hard||Water||There’s one oddball at every race…|
|Landon Cassill||Anything outside||Visiting Europe||Game of Thrones on Netflix||Avocados||A little girl named Riley|
|Del Worsham||Boating||Nothing; done it all||A drama||Milk||Sharing 10,000 HP margarita machine with them|
|Austin Dillon||Playing soccer||Flying an F-16 fighter jet||Top Gun||Coca-Cola||Signing a baby|
|Richard Childress||Something outdoors||Winning another Cup championship||Something with Clint Eastwood||Childress Vineyards wine||A lot of them!|
|Morgan Shepherd||Roller skating||Getting the No. 89 in some more races||Doesn’t watch movies||Broccoli and carrots||A girl who wanted her underwear signed|
|Matt DiBenedetto||Driving my Corvette and playing raquetball||Racing in the Sprint Cup Series||Days of Thunder||Steak||Whenever people appreciate you|
|Carl Edwards||Backpacking||Winning the Cup championship / base jumping||Smokey and the Bandit||Cereal…lots of cereal||When little kids come up who love the sport|
|Matt Hagan||Farming||Taking part in a tractor pull||American Sniper||Steak||Having someone propose in the pits|
|Ward Burton||Being away from the track||Knowing family is in a good place||Military documentaries||6-pack of Yuengling||All the kids|
|John Hunter Nemechek||Wake surfing||Winning a Sprint Cup championship||American Sniper||Fruit||Anything with the younger generation|
|Justin Allgaier||Wake surfing and golfing right now||Skydiving||American Sniper or Frozen||Fruit||One lady almost passed out, she was so excited|
|Tony Schumacher||Harley riding||Skydiving in a squirrel suit||Mr. Destiny||Pretzels||Make-A-Wish kids|
|Josh Wise||Playing with kids||Wining a Sprint Cup race||Something funny||Almond butter or peanut butter||A random message from a teacher in England|
|Matt Kenseth||Nothing||Doing things with the kids||Not much time to watch TV||Katie does the shopping!||A guy who asked to have his girlfriend’s underwear signed|
|Alex Bowman||Working on cars||Road trip through Europe||Entourage on TV||Doc 360||Riding through the campground at Martinsville|
|Daniel Hemric||Working on race cars||Skydive solo||Days of Thunder||Gum||Visiting a children’s hospital|
|John Force||Racing with granddaughter Autumn||Win another championship||Mad Max||Toothpaste, champagne, and energy drink||Autographing a pig|
|Sam Hornish, Jr.||Projects, especially with daughters||Hiking the Appalachian Trailk||The Departed||Monster||Being cussed out for refusing to sign a body part|