Hornish to decide future by end of month

Sam Hornish Jr. and his agent are expected to meet with Panther Racing officials today (Monday) to consider the future. The meeting is likely to determine whether Hornish will return to the team - and return to IndyCar racing

Hornish to decide future by end of month

The double IRL champion, whose contract with Panther expires at the end of the season, is considering three offers of comparable value for the 2004 season. The offers are believed to be from IRL teams Panther and Andretti Green Racing, and front-running NASCAR outfit Dale Earnhardt Inc.

"Before the end of the month I'll make an announcement," he said. "I told everybody August, so I'm trying to give myself as much as I can. I just have to do the right thing for me."

The timing of his runaway win Sunday at Kentucky Speedway couldn't have been better, both for Panther and Hornish. "They (Panther) are definitely on the top of one of my decisions for next year," Hornish said. "On the other hand, you start off as an amateur, you become a professional, then you become a race winner, then a champion. Someday, you hope to be a legend. You try to situate yourself however you can in order to put yourself in those shoes.

"I want to be around for a long time," added the 24-year old. "You have to make decisions that are going to put you in position not just for the next three years but for the next 10 years."

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