Name: AJ Allmendinger
Date of Birth: December 16, 1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Hobbies: Karting, Golf
Residence: Huntersville, N.C.
AJ Allmendinger’s 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season was a memorable one. In his first full season with JTG Daugherty Racing, he delivered the team's first-ever NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory, Chase berth and highest driver points finish (13th). Now, the San Jose, California-native hopes 2015 is similar with more consistency behind the wheel of the No. 47 Chevrolet under the direction of crew chief Brian Burns. They will pick up where they left off with a strong technical alliance with Richard Childress Racing and ECR Engines under the hood.
Last year, Allmendinger’s biggest highlight was besting road-course ringer Marcos Ambrose at Watkins Glen International on August 10, 2014 for his first career victory that he had worked so hard for since his initial start in 2006. Allmendinger’s mother, father and girlfriend were present along with all three of JTG Daugherty Racing’s team owners – Tad and Jodi Geschickter and Brad Daugherty – to celebrate the huge accomplishment made possible by the wheelman himself and a shop full of great employees.
His journey with the team began in 2013 when Allmendinger appeared in nine races for the single-car operation, posting their best finish (10th) of the year at Watkins Glen International. Allmendinger was also impressive in other series. In May of that year with Penske Racing, the Californian led the prestigious Indy 500 and left Indianapolis Motor Speedway with a seventh-place finish. From there, he scored his first-ever NASCAR victory in the Nationwide Series (NNS) at Road America in only his ninth start and followed it with his second-career NNS victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
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 NSCS. However, to that point in his career, his best finish occurred with Penske Racing when he posted a second-place finish at Martinsville Speedway on April 1, 2012.
Before those 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 Toyota Atlantic Series Champion and 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series Champion to mention a few accomplishments in his career.
Today, Allmendinger looks to bring home his second NASCAR Sprint Cup Series victory for all JTG Daugherty Racing’s great partners BUSH’S Beans, Charter, Clorox, House-Autry, Hungry Jack, Kingsford, SCOTT Products and Southeastern Mills.