A.J. Allmendinger was unemployed for just four days before Forsythe Championship Racing made it official - he's going there for the remainder of the season. The announcement was made this morning. His release from RuSPORT was surprising to say the least, but it became apparent that Allmendinger would be driving for Forsythe once Mario Dominguez left the team. The move makes sense for several reasons. Allmendinger was new teammate Paul Tracy's protégé during his early racing career, driving go- karts for Tracy's team. Plus, he joins a team that was last to beat Newman/Haas for the series championship.
Allmendinger described his departure from RuSPORT as "a marriage gone bad." This change of scenery should finally see the American break into the Winner's Circle. "I have to say I'm really looking forward to the next chapter in my racing career and more importantly, winning races," he explains. "I think this opportunity with Forsythe Racing is going to give me a competitive chance to stay in the championship hunt and try and chase (Sebastien) Bourdais!"
"So right now, I want to focus on the next couple of races and see if we can gel and get up to speed quickly. This series is so competitive, so that needs to be the immediate focus."
"A.J. has shown incredible talent, speed and potential over the last few years and I hope that we'll be able to nurture and further develop his skills," team owner Jerry Forsythe said. "Both A.J. and Paul are passionate racers and strong characters; it's certainly going to be an interesting time for the team!"
Allmendinger currently lies in a tie for fourth on the standings on 69 points. He has scored two top fives and a top ten in the last three races, with his only DNF coming as a result of the first corner chaos at Long Beach. Tracy is off to a slow start this season, only seventh in points entering Portland, having been involved in the two first lap accidents this season.
Where Dominguez winds up is anyone's guess. A seat is still available at Dale Coyne Racing, but it remains to be seen whether the veteran owner will take a chance on Dominguez.