Hornish in front again at Chicagoland, but in spoiler role

Sam Hornish Jr. called 2007 a "terrible year," but he can erase a lot of bad memories Sunday by winning the IndyCar Series finale at Chicagoland Speedway.

Updated: September 9, 2007, 1:26 PM ET
By John Schwarb | Special to ESPN.com

JOLIET, Ill. -- Sam Hornish Jr. figures he can let it all hang out Sunday in the IndyCar season finale at Chicagoland Speedway, unlike a year ago.

Except this time the stakes are nowhere near as high.

The Team Penske driver entered last year's Peak Antifreeze Indy 300 in a tight battle for the championship with teammate Helio Castroneves and Target Chip Ganassi drivers Scott Dixon and Dan Wheldon. He qualified for the pole but finished a conservative third, running ...

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