Name: Hope E. Hornish
Date of Birth: January 6th, 1997
Birthplace: Bryan, Ohio (raised in Defiance)
Family: John and April Hahn (Dad & Mom)
Home track: Angola Motorsport Speedway
How did you get started in racing?
I got started in racing by luck of the family. My Uncle is Sam Hornish Jr. and growing up watching him go through the ranks I soon followed suit. When I was 5 my grandpa, Sam Sr., and I would go outside and he would make patterns on the drive way for me to drive through in my kid kart. Once handling was down we traveled to my first go kart race when I was 8 and that was it, hooked for good. I raced go Karts at Jackson Speedway, Baer Field Motorsports Park, and Fremont Raceway till I was 18. Then I made the jump to Late Models running one full season at Angola Motorsport Speedway. And recently competed in the Pro Late Model Series JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour.
What’s the most enjoyable thing about racing?
The most enjoyable thing about racing would be the racing and fan interaction. Going fast and learning new things about the equipment is intriguing because it never ends it is always something new. Talking with fans and interacting with them is one of the most enjoyable parts as well. My goal is to be a positive role model for younger generations throughout the world.
What division do you race in and what tracks do you race at?
I race in the JEGS/CRA All Stars Tour Series, which is mandated use of crate type racing engines. This series requires a specific template body as well. We race at multiple kinds of tracks, asphalt only, ranging in distance and banking. A schedule can be found at cra-racing.com.
So you are a part of NASCAR's 13th annual Drive for Diversity combine. Tell us a little about that and how you were chosen?
The NASCAR Drive for Diversity Program is an opportunity for multicultural and female racecar drivers to hopefully earn a spot competing for Rev Racing in the K&N Pro East Series or one spot in the All American Pro Late Model Series. First, I had to apply to the Combine portion of the program which was intense in of itself. The next step was to be chosen out of all the applications which circulated from multiple racing backgrounds and a huge amount of talent from Canada, United States, and Mexico. The combine contained specific sections to test each drivers ability in these areas; Fitness Tests, On Track Evaluations, Media & Interview Skills. Selections will be made in January of 2017 and Rev Racing’s Team of Drivers for 2017 will be chosen.
What does it mean for you to be a part of the Drive for Diversity combine?
Being a part of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Combine was an amazing opportunity and growing step in my career as a Race Car Driver. It was also a neat experience to meet other female athletes that share the same passion for racing as I do.
Movie- Secret Garden
Tv Show- Law & Order or Criminal Minds
Food- Steak, Pasta, Fruits, and Veggies
NASCAR Driver- Sam Hornish Jr. and Kyle Busch
Track- Salem Speedway and Winchester Speedway (raced at)
Monster Mile and Watkins Glen International (Dream to race at)Sports Team- Green Bay Packers
When you are not racing what do you do for fun?
If I am not racing I am outdoors, learning, working out, or doing something musical.
Did you play any sports when you were growing up?
I played way too many sports growing up! Basketball, Softball, Cross-Country, Golf, Dance, Biddy Wrestling, Swimming, Gymnastics, and of course racing.
Tell us something about you that would surprise your fans.
Along with racing I attend Adrian College where I am majoring in Political Science and Music (French Horn). I also am in a National Sorority at College, Chi Omega Fraternity. I enjoy staying busy and I like being on the go.
Who are some your favorite drivers to race against?
All competitors are my favorite drivers to race against. I enjoy competing and when you have someone to compete against it is always interesting.
Is there any race that sticks in your mind from the past, and why?
A race that sticks in my mind has to be the one at Berlin Raceway this past year let alone it was my first feature win in a late model, but it was a huge learning curve for me. I was fast off the trailer and we continued to dial in the car. When it came to qualify I made errors that costed me a spot in the A main. Then I came back and won the B main. It really sticks in my mind because it was the transition point as far as growing in the qualifying area as a driver. It is completely different qualifying on sticker tires verse tread and go kart tires.
If you could win any race in the world which one would you want to win?
If I could win any race in the world it would have to be the Coca Cola 600, Rolex 24hr, and Indy 500. I know it’s only suppose to be one but I could not choose!
Is there anybody you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my family, community, friends, sponsors, and fans for all the support without them none of this would be possible. Also thank you to my sponsors for the continued support and I am looking forward to 2017.
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