Pinch me. Jacques Villeneuve, Patrick Carpentier and Sam Hornish Jr are in for the Checker Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix on Sunday.
Yep Sam is in. Maybe the fact that he finally announced that he was making the move from pointy cars to the Car of Tomorrow - the all the way move - was all it took. That and the talent that has made him one of the best Indy Car racers in history. He will run the Busch Series race on Saturday and jump in the #77 CoT on Sunday. Good luck Sam.
Other surprises in the desert were Johnny Benson and Sterling Marlin qualifying on speed while Daytona 500 winners Dale Jarrett, Ward Burton and Michael Waltrip all failed to make the race.
Carl Edwards is on pole with Truex Jr along side. It's no shock that Jimmy Johnson and Jeff Gordon are starting in the top six. But those two share the 2nd and 3rd rows with the surprise pair of J J Yeley and Johnny Sauter.
Surprising results for sure. Sunday ought to be fun to watch.
Picture credit: Beth Anne Heisler - ON PIT ROW