Hornish takes ill, is likely to yield to Kvapil after start

Sunday, Apr. 26, 2009

TALLDEGA, Ala. - Sam Hornish Jr. will have a relief driver standing by during Sunday's Aaron's 499 at Talladega Superspeedway and Penske Racing is in the process of transporting driver Travis Kvapil to the track from the Charlotte area, team officials confirmed.

Hornish, coming off his career-best finish of ninth last weekend at Phoenix, awoke Sunday with flulike symptoms and was treated throughout the morning, officials said.

Hornish planned to start the race in the No. 77 Dodge, but team officials said Kvapil would remain on standby should Hornish need to exit the car.