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Hornish hoping to run Busch race at Daytona

Sam Hornish Jr. said it's time to ramp up his Busch Series schedule -- beginning at Daytona -- to see if he's ready for NASCAR. His IndyCar teammate Helio Castroneves has given it some thought, too. Both said they will focus on the IndyCar Series this season, writes Angelique Chengelis.

Updated: February 1, 2007, 6:07 PM ET
By Angelique S. Chengelis | ESPN.com

Reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Sam Hornish Jr. will continue to test the stock car waters this season.

Hornish, a three-time IndyCar series champion for Team Penske, will attempt to qualify for the NASCAR Busch Series race at Daytona on Feb. 17.

"Obviously, I'd love to run in Daytona," Hornish said recently while in Detroit for the North American International Auto Show. "That's the plan for me."

Hornish competed in two Busch races last year, at Phoenix and ...

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