Hornish a racer and a bowler

Updated: March 11, 2004, 12:09 PM ET
Associated Press

Sam Hornish Jr.
Hornish Jr.
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."

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