Hornish declines Indy job

AP

Sam Hornish Jr. crossed off every goal in IndyCar before leaving the series for NASCAR.

With three championships and an Indianapolis 500 victory, he felt there was nothing left for him to achieve.

Now, with one of the best seats in the series suddenly open, Hornish hasn’t changed his mind.

Hornish said Friday he has no interest in returning to IndyCar to replace Dario Franchitti at Target Chip Ganassi Racing.

Hornish said the team reached out to his representatives this week when Franchitti was told by doctors he can no longer race because of the risk of injury is too great.

“I expressed I was very grateful even for the call,” Hornish said. “A door opens and the reason still stands to not do it.

It’s just any time I’ve had a thought or thought about that at all, it’s been like very minimal.”

The No. 10 is one of the best seats in IndyCar, and Franchitti won 12 races and three consecutive titles when he joined Ganassi in 2008 after a brief stint in NASCAR.

Franchitti and Hornish practically crossed paths as Hornish made the full-time jump to NASCAR that same year.

He isn’t looking back, even though he heads into Saturday’s final Nationwide Series race of the season with no job lined up for 2014.