Busy Week For Hornish
May 30, 2006 | 2:14 P.M. EST
Hornish, a native of Defiance, Ohio, earned his first career Indianapolis 500 victory Sunday, May 28 with a stunning pass of rookie Marco Andretti literally in the closing seconds of the 500-mile race.
It appeared Andretti had the win in hand with a half-lap to go, but Hornish, driving the No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone, closed in on Andretti in the final two turns and passed him just before the finish line, winning by a margin of .0635 of a second.
Activity started for Hornish almost immediately after taking the checkered flag. He completed countless media interviews in the hours following the race, then Hornish returned to Victory Podium – located just above the place he took the traditional gulp of milk in Victory Lane celebrations – to do a satellite media tour with television media from around the country until 10 p.m. on Race Day.
Hornish was up early on Monday morning, May 29, to do an interview with Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic on ESPN Radio’s popular "Mike & Mike in the Morning" show. He then took part in three photo shoots, the final one being the traditional winner’s photo shoot on the main straightaway of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Monday night, he collected his winner’s check of $1,744,855 at the Indianapolis 500 Victory Celebration.
Hornish’s victory tour hit high gear Tuesday, May 30 with a trip to Dallas for a media luncheon at the observation deck of the Dallas Hyatt Reunion Hotel. Hornish will race in the IRL IndyCar Series’ Bombardier Learjet 500 at Texas Motor Speedway in nearby Ft. Worth, Texas, on Saturday night, June 10.
Following the luncheon, Hornish flew to New York City to throw out the first pitch at 6 p.m. at the New York Mets vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball game.
On May 31, Hornish will be a guest on the popular morning talk show “Live with Regis & Kelly” at 9 a.m. (ET), followed by a visit to the New York Board of Trade that includes an 11:30 a.m. photo opportunity, ringing of the world market closing bell and 1 p.m. press luncheon.
Guest appearances on CNN’s "Paula Zahn Now" and "Anderson Cooper 360," Fox News Channel’s "Your World w/Neil Cavuto" and "Daily News Live" on SportsNet New York will follow.
On Thursday, June 1, Hornish heads to Corning, N.Y. as preparations begin for the IndyCar Series’ next race, the Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix on June 4. Hornish will participate in a media availability at the Corning Museum of Glass at noon on June 1 before returning his attention to driving for Marlboro Team Penske.
Following the Watkins Glen race, Hornish wraps up his whirlwind Indianapolis 500 Victory Tour with a visit to Richmond, Va., and an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman" on June 5.