A.J. Allmendinger joins Pacific Coast Motorsports for season finale Ventura, California (August 1, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports today announced that it will bolster its driver line-up for the ...
A.J. Allmendinger joins Pacific Coast Motorsports for season finale
Ventura, California (August 1, 2006) -- Pacific Coast Motorsports today announced that it will bolster its driver line-up for the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley with the addition of Champ Car World Series title-contender A.J. Allmendinger for the nine-hour, season-ending 'Discount Tire Sunchaser' event, hosted at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, 31st August -- 2nd September.
Signed up to race alongside PCM regulars, fellow American Alex Figge and Scotland's Ryan Dalziel, Allmendinger, a three-time Champ Car World Series race winner this season driving for Forsythe Racing, will make his second career Daytona Prototype start in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series following his debut at the 'Rolex 24 at Daytona' back in January.
The 24-year-old Californian is no stranger to Pacific Coast Motorsports having competed against the Ventura-based outfit in the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship. Allmendinger went on to capture the title in his rookie season, beating his team-mate for September's event, Ryan Dalziel, to the championship before going on to become the Champ Car World Series' 'Rookie of the Year' in 2004.
Looking ahead to his outing in the #98 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley A.J. said. "I'm pretty excited to be doing this race and competing alongside Alex and Ryan. I've raced against them in the past and they're good friends not to mention great drivers. I'm also looking forward to hooking up with my former Toyota Atlantic engineer, Burke Harrison. PCM's such a great team to race for and the Figge's and Tyler Tadevic have always been supportive of me since we first met."
He continued, "It's going to be a pretty exciting race that's for sure. PCM are great at prepping cars and I had a lot of fun in my first Daytona Prototype start at Daytona earlier this season. We had a good test at Miller Motorsports Park a couple of weeks back and it was a useful opportunity to get to know the track layout. I think we'll have a good chance to be up there at the front in September!"
"I'm both pleased and excited to have a driver of A.J.'s caliber join our line-up for the season finale at Miller Motorsports Park,' commented PCM Team Director Tyler Tadevic. "We've known A.J. for a long time now and having raced against him a couple of seasons back in open-wheel racing we know just how strong a competitor he is. He's enjoying tremendous success in the Champ Car World Series at the moment and we're looking forward to him bringing his talents to the #89 car and representing our team partners Playboy, Vonage, Palms and General Motors."
Ryan Dalziel, who fought Allmendinger for the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship, finishing runner-up to the American, is looking forward to racing with his former adversary. "I think we've got one of the strongest driver line-ups for the nine hour race in Utah and I'm happy to be racing with A.J. We had some good battles racing against each other so it's going to be cool to race with him."
Alex Figge echoed Dalziel's sentiments as he also has first-hand experience racing against their new team-mate, "We've known each other for quite a while now and I'm looking forward to teaming up with A.J. and having him on our side for once! He's a competitive guy and he knows what these cars are like with his Daytona experience from earlier in the year. I think it's going to be a great event and hopefully we can wrap the season with a strong showing in the #89 Playboy/Vonage/Palms Pontiac Riley."
The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season-ending 'Discount Tire Sunchaser' 9-hour race at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah is scheduled to start at Noon on Saturday 2nd September.