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Hornish declines invitation to join Team USA

Updated: December 12, 2006, 5:45 PM ET
Associated Press

Sam Hornish Jr. declined an invitation to replace Jimmie Johnson on Team USA's entry in the Race of Champions Nations Cup in Paris.

Hornish, the Indy Racing League champion, was contacted by Team USA officials after Johnson broke his wrist in a fall from a golf cart during a celebrity tournament last weekend. The NASCAR star can't drive for at least four weeks.

But Hornish declined the invitation because of short notice, Susan Bradshaw Crowther told The Associated Press. The race is ...

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