INDIANAPOLIS (March 1) - For the second time in as many years, readers of RACER Magazine and SPEEDTV.com have voted A.J. Allmendinger the "Most Promising Road Racer of the Year." Allmendinger first won the RACER title following a dominating...
INDIANAPOLIS (March 1) - For the second time in as many years, readers of RACER Magazine and SPEEDTV.com have voted A.J. Allmendinger the "Most Promising Road Racer of the Year."
Allmendinger first won the RACER title following a dominating season in the 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series, a season in which he won six races and claimed the series championship. Allmendinger's performance in the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama was equally as dominant, and enabled the youngster to repeat as Most Promising Road Racer.
In 2003, Allmendinger won a Toyota Atlantic rookie record seven races and tied the all-time Atlantic record (set in 1976 by Gilles Villeneuve) for most poles in a single season when he placed his bright yellow RuSPORT machine on the inside of the front row a total of nine times. He outdistanced Scotland's Ryan Dalziel by 26 points en route to the 2003 Toyota Atlantic title.
Allmendinger has parlayed his performance over the past two years into a Champ Car ride, as RuSPORT announced last month that it was entering the Champ Car World Series in 2004 with Allmendinger as its driver.
"One thing that is so big in my eyes is that people like Paul Tracy and Bruno Junqueira and all these guys that-over the past two or three seasons I've really watched because I wanted to be a part of it and race against those guys-I'm going to get to do it now," said Allmendinger. "I'm part of them now. I think that's the most exciting thing out there. Those guys are the best in North American open-wheel racing in my belief, and I'm going to be a part of it now. When I beat them, and I will beat them at some point this year, that's going to be the most exciting thing."
This is the second award of the off-season for Allmendinger. In January, he was named to the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA) All-America First Team.