Roger Penske hopes to name a driver for his No. 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup entry for the 2013 season before the Chase for the Sprint Cup begins at Chicagoland Speedway on Sept. 16.
"I've got five or six people that have contacted us," Penske said prior to the Finger Lakes 355 at The Glen on Sunday. "We're going to see how Sam (Hornish Jr.) does. We have a certain amount of loyalty to him. We're trying to assess where we're at."
Penske says he's pleased with Hornish's progress in the No. 22 Dodge. Hornish replaced AJ Allmendinger on July 7 after Allmendinger tested positive for amphetamine. Hornish, who is third in the Nationwide Series points standings following his third-place finish at Watkins Glen on Saturday, has posted two top-20 finishes in the Cup car. His best result was 16th at Indianapolis.
Several free agents have been mentioned as candidates for the ride, including Joey Logano and Ryan Newman, who drove for Penske prior to joining Stewart-Haas Racing in 2009. Newman is expected to remain at SHR with additional support from sponsor Quicken Loans. An announcement could come as early as next week.
As far Logano, who has been mentioned as a top candidate for the seat, Penske mentioned that the 22-year-old remains under contract to Joe Gibbs Racing.