Track: Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Event: Crown Royal Presents, The John Wayne Walding 400 at The Brickyard
Race Date / Time: July 27th / 1 PM ET
TV / Radio: ESPN / SiriusXM / IMS Radio Network
AJ Allmendinger and the JTG Daugherty Racing team made the best of a challenging weekend by turning in an 18th-place finish at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sunday afternoon with the No. 47 Kingsford Chevrolet SS.
Jeff Gordon earned the trophy and kissed the bricks with his team. Kyle Busch finished second, Denny Hamlin was third, Matt Kenseth fourth and Joey Logano rounded out the top-five.
The top-20 finish picked up Allmendinger three spots in the driver points standings as he now occupies 23rd. The points leader after race 20 is Gordon.
"It was a tough weekend for us," Allmendinger said. "I'd say we maximized everything we could there. I'm really proud of the guys because the car wasn't really good and they kept fighting and working on it. A big thank you to the engine side of it because that thing was fast. That saved us a lot because I was not good off the corners. I did everything I could and took what I could get. I think 18th-place is probably better than where we should have finished. We've got a lot of work still left to do. We'll keep digging and get it figured out."
"There was not anything easy about this weekend because we struggled with our alliance cars from the beginning," crew chief Brian Burns said. "We really made a lot of changes for the race. Coming out of here 18th, is a pretty big gain from where we were in happy hour. We may have learned a few things today. Making as big of changes as we did, it is real difficult to start the race right on cue. We definitely had to make some adjustments early in the race to get to where we needed to. Unfortunately that takes track position to get it to that point. The pit crew did a great job. We had so many changes. There were changes where you would expect to lose quite a bit of track position and they held their own and actually saved us some spots. We're real proud of them. We'll move forward to Pocono Raceway and hopefully some things we learned here, we can apply there."
Career Starts: 211
Pole Awards: 2
First Start: 3/25/2007 Bristol
First Pole: 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Last Pole: 4/22/2012 Kansas
Best Start: 1 - 4/10/2010 Phoenix
Best Finish: 2 - 4/1/2012 Martinsville
Driver DOB: 12/16/1981
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
Crew Chief: Brian Burns
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