Name: AJ Allmendinger
It’s been quite a year for AJ Allmendinger, who will drive for JTG Daugherty Racing full-time during the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NSCS) in the House-Autry® car in select events. In addition to his appearances in the NSCS this year with JTG Daugherty Racing and Phoenix Racing, the 31-year-old has also raced in the IndyCar Series as well as won two NASCAR Nationwide Series (NNS) races for Penske Racing.
Allmendinger has been impressive in multiple series this season. In May with Penske Racing, the Californian charged to the front of the prestigious Indy 500 and left Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a seventh-place finish. From there, he went on to score his first-ever NASCAR victory in the Nationwide Series at Road America in only his ninth start. He followed that up with his second-career NNS victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Looking back on Allmendinger’s career, he also drove for Richard Petty Motorsports during the 2009, 2010 and 2011 seasons where he earned four of his five top-five finishes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. However, his career-best finish occurred with Penske Racing when he posted a second-place finish at Martinsville Speedway on April 1, 2012. Before the Petty and Penske days, Allmendinger had a stint with Red Bull Racing finishing in the top-10 twice. Allmendinger made his NASCAR debut in the Camping World Truck Series (formerly Craftsman Truck Series) driving for Bill Davis Racing at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on September 16, 2006.
Allmendinger’s versatile résumé’ also includes 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona winner, 2004 Champ Car World Series Rookie of the Year, 2003 Champ Car Atlantic Champion, 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series Champion and two-time IKF champion to mention a few accomplishments in his career.
Today, he’s eyeing a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory to add to his accolades as he continues down a bright path with House-Autry® and JTG Daugherty Racing moving forward into 2014.