Sam Hornish Jr., who will share driving duties with Kyle Busch in the No. 54 Joe Gibbs Racing NASCAR Nationwide Series Toyota this season, had one major decision to make after switching teams this season -- whether to grow a beard or not.
Hornish comes to JGR from clean-shaven, buttoned-down Team Penske. In contrast, roughly half the JGR owners and drivers sported facial hair at Thursday morning's media session.
"To be associated with JGR, I'm glad that I got this opportunity," Hornish said. "I feel like this is a great opportunity for me to go out there and to work alongside Kyle and work with [crew chief] Adam Stevens to get in JGR equipment and see the things I can do to make myself better and hopefully do the things that I can to be an added value to the team outside of what I do inside the race car.
"I'm happy. I'm pretty pumped up about what's going on and looking forward to it. I was running down this morning trying to figure out whether I should shave or not. It's about 50-50 here on how much facial hair we've got -- which is not something that I'm used to when I get up here for all this stuff.
"Maybe I'll grow a beard before I get to Talladega."