Hornish realizes jump to NASCAR from open-wheel world a big one

Sam Hornish Jr. is ready to take on NASCAR fully realizing the jump won't be easy despite his pedigree, writes Terry Blount.

Updated: November 11, 2007, 2:28 PM ET
By Terry Blount | ESPN.com

AVONDALE, Ariz. -- Crystal Hornish, wife of Sam Hornish Jr., is due to deliver their first child the second week of February.

Sam will be a little busy then, trying to make the field and compete in his first Daytona 500.

"I told Crystal maybe she should try to find a doctor she likes in Daytona," Hornish said with a chuckle. "She said she was staying in Ohio, so I just have to hope she delivers early."

Hornish, a three-time IndyCar Series champion ...

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