Double Indy Racing League champion - and 2003 title contender - Sam Hornish Jr has admitted that he can't really see himself chasing the Formula One dream - even if Bernie Ecclestone is trying to raise the appeal of the sport in America.

Asked in the press conference following his third win in four races, at California Speedway on Sunday, whether he would be tempted to join the grand prix circus - or be put off by the less-than-successful exploits of Alex Zanardi and Michael Andretti, Hornish found another reason why he may not be accepting Bernie's golden dollar just yet.

"You know, a race fan is a race fan," he said, refusing to dismiss F1 entirely, "If they're a true race fan, they're going to watch whatever is on TV at that point in time - they're going to be into it, just for the love of racing. That's how I am. I can watch almost any kind of racing on TV and be intrigued and excited by it. But [going to] Formula One, I don't know. It would depend if I had won the Indianapolis 500 or not. It's tough.

"I'm not much of a world traveller. The times I have gone out of the country to race, I usually haven't done very good because I'm jet-lagged or whatever. I don't know if I'd want to be doing that every weekend I raced, having to go through jet-lag, learning a new culture and new food.

"You never know, though. If I accomplish the goals I want to over here, there's always some way you can try to do something bigger and better."

Hornish leaves his Pennzoil Panther team for the might of Penske next season, as he seeks an Indianapolis 500 crown to add to his IRL title haul.



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