All eyes on leader Hornish at tricky Sonoma

Updated: August 24, 2006, 12:51 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

Just when Sam Hornish Jr. didn't need it, the Indy Racing League takes a hard right turn this weekend for the Indy Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway (ESPN, Sunday, 3:30 p.m. ET).

Hornish, who won the IRL IndyCar Series championship in 2001 and '02, has cemented a reputation as one of the top two or three open-wheel oval racers of his generation, but his allegiance to the IRL in the early 21st Century came at the expense of his road-racing chops. Now that the IRL is into the ...

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