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Sam and Crystal Hornish riding on the 2006 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.

Jul 26, 2006

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The Sam Hornish Jr. Day parade banner.

Jul 26, 2006

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IMS Radio Network anchor Mike King

Jul 26, 2006

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Colorful floats were part of the parade July 26 honoring Sam Hornish Jr. in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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Jul 26, 2006

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Crystal Hornish and Sam Hornish Jr. in the 2006 Indianapolis 500 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car

Jul 26, 2006

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Clowns driving in the Sam Hornish Jr. Day parade.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam Hornish Jr. talks to the crowd assembled at a fan event after the parade honoring Hornish on July 26 in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam Hornish Jr., left, talks with IMS Radio Network anchor Mike King.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam Hornish Jr. and wife Crystal wave to the crowd.

Jul 26, 2006

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The hillbilly band wagon!

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam Hornish Jr. helps unload his No. 6 Marlboro Team Penske Dallara/Honda/Firestone in his hometown of Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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One of the more unique vehicles in the parade honoring Sam Hornish Jr. on July 26 in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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A vintage fire engine in the Sam Hornish Jr. Day parade July 26 in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam Hornish Jr. Day parade in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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Jul 26, 2006

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The 500 Festival queen.

Jul 26, 2006

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Crystal Hornish and Sam Hornish Jr. salute the crowd at Sam Hornish Jr. Day on July 26 in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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500 Festival Queen Tracey Todd, from Kokomo, Ind., also participated in the Sam Hornish Jr. Day parade July 26 in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam and Crystal Hornish riding on the 2006 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.

Jul 26, 2006

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Crystal Hornish and Sam Hornish Jr. in the 2006 Indianapolis 500 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car

Jul 26, 2006

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Plenty of youngsters lined the sidewalks of Defiance, Ohio, on July 26 to support hometown hero Sam Hornish Jr.

Jul 26, 2006

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Fans line the parade route.

Jul 26, 2006

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Fans seek a better vantage point.

Jul 26, 2006

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The sign says it all!

Jul 26, 2006

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Banner bridging the parade route.

Jul 26, 2006

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Monument recognizing Sam Hornish Jr's acomplishment.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam and Crystal Hornish riding on the 2006 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.

Jul 26, 2006

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The monument honoring Sam Hornish Jr.'s victory in the 2006 Indianapolis 500, with the Borg-Warner Trophy in the background.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam Hornish Jr. high-fives with a young fan during the parade July 26 in Defiance, Ohio, honoring Hornish for his 2006 Indianapolis 500 victory.

Jul 26, 2006

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The Possum Queen

Jul 26, 2006

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Jul 26, 2006

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IMS President and COO Joie Chitwood, right, presents a Waterford Crystal piece to Sam Hornish Jr.'s parents, Jo Ellen (left center) and Sam (right center).

Jul 26, 2006

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Young fans of Sam Hornish Jr. found a good vantage point for the parade honoring him July 26 in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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Penske Racing show car in the parade.

Jul 26, 2006

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There was plenty of fun for everyone during the parade honoring Sam Hornish Jr. on July 26 in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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A monument honoring Sam Hornish Jr. is unveiled.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam Hornish Jr., left, and his wife, Crystal

Jul 26, 2006

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A fire truck in the Sam Hornish Jr. Day parade.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam Hornish Jr. and his lovely wife.

Jul 26, 2006

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Vehicles of all types participated in the Sam Hornish Jr. Day parade July 26 in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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Fans greeted by parade participant.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam Hornish Jr. addresses the crowd.

Jul 26, 2006

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The No. 6 Dallara/Honda/Firestone that Sam Hornish Jr. drove to victory in the 90th Indianapolis 500 also was in the spotlight during the parade July 26 in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam Hornish Jr. secures the Penkse Racing show car on a flatbed.

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam Hornish Jr.

Jul 26, 2006

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A different kind of horsepower in the parade honoring Sam Hornish Jr. on July 26 in Defiance, Ohio.

Jul 26, 2006

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The unveiling of the monument recognizing Sam Hornish Jr.'s accomplishment.

Jul 26, 2006

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Crystal Hornish and Sam Hornish Jr. in the 2006 Indianapolis 500 Chevrolet Corvette Pace Car

Jul 26, 2006

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Sam and Crystal Hornish riding on the 2006 Indianapolis 500 Pace Car.

Jul 26, 2006

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