“The Dinger” Picks Up An IndyCar Ride

Bryan Clausen

(WOMR file photo)

A.J. Allmendinger has secured an IndyCar ride for a couple races at the start if the 2013 IndyCar season.  Team Penske announced that AJ Allmendinger will join its IZOD IndyCar Series program in 2013.


Birmingham and Indianapolis


Allmendinger, who rose up through the ranks of open-wheel racing before transitioning to NASCAR, will compete in at least two IndyCar events for Team Penske this season, including the Indianapolis 500. Allmendinger will drive the #2 IZOD Team Penske Dallara/Chevrolet at this year’s Indianapolis 500, scheduled for May 26 at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  The 31-year-old Allmendinger will also compete in the April 7 IZOD IndyCar Series race at the Barber Motorsports Park road course in Birmingham, Ala., in the IZOD machine for Team Penske.

Today’s announcement represents a homecoming for Allmendinger on a couple of different fronts. He will return to his roots as the Los Gatos, Calif., native raced in the Champ Car World Series from 2004-2006 when he earned five wins, two poles and 14 podium finishes over a three-year period. It also means a return to Penske Racing.


A Return To His Roots


Allmendinger drove for the organization’s Sprint Cup Series team for the first 17 races of the 2012 season before he was suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. After successfully completing NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program, Allmendinger returned to compete in four Cup Series events for another NASCAR team, James Finch’s Phoenix Racing, at the end of the 2012 season. Allmendinger will next drive the No. 2 IZOD Team Penske car at the IZOD IndyCar Series spring training test sessions, March 12-13 at Barber Motorsports Park.

It looks like A.J. is taking full advantage of the second chance that both, James Finch and Roger Penske, have extended to “The Dinger”!  This situation really could turn out to be a very inspiring story for all to watch!


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