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Hornish a racer and a bowler

3/11/2004

When he's not behind the wheel, Sam Hornish Jr. likes to spend time in the alley.

The two-time IRL IndyCar Series champion bowls regularly with
friends in his hometown of Defiance, Ohio.

Hornish recently took part in a Pro-Am held in conjunction with
the Professional Bowlers Association tournament in Indianapolis.
And he did all right, rolling games of 164, 171 and 203.

"I like to think I'm better at racing than I am at bowling,"
Hornish said. "I'm not giving up my day job. I don't think I ever
will."

The driver, who opened the season and his tenure with Marlboro
Team Penske with a victory Feb. 29 at Homestead, Fla., took up
bowling about three years ago after meeting with professional
bowler Mike Aulby.

"Sam doesn't do anything just halfway," said Aulby, who was an
honorary starter for Indianapolis 500 practice last May. "He wants
to be good at whatever he does, and he's a real competitor."