Allmendinger Takes Best Buy Insignia to the SummerNational Podium Shawano, WI July 20, 2010-- AJ Allmendinger returned to his karting roots this weekend as he took to the wheel of a 125 shifter kart for the SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals at...
Allmendinger Takes Best Buy Insignia to the SummerNational Podium
Shawano, WI July 20, 2010-- AJ Allmendinger returned to his karting roots this weekend as he took to the wheel of a 125 shifter kart for the SKUSA Pro Tour SummerNationals at USA International Raceway in Shawano, WI. Allmendinger was a multiple IKF Champion before moving into single seaters ahead of his NASCAR Sprint Cup transition in 2007.
Making the most of a weekend off from Cup action, AJ kept his foot in it as he traveled north to Wisconsin for the big SKUSA race. After getting a slower start than he wanted, things started to come together on the weekend as AJ scored third in the final feature race with the Best Buy Insignia-liveried machine.
"The track was really long for a kart track--our laps were just over 1:12 seconds, and that's a long time in a kart," said AJ. "It was a great track-lots of elevation changes, high speed corners, everything. I had to relearn the kart a little bit as well as the track. We thought we had a good set up for that kind of track but it just wasn't as fast as we needed to be and we had some problems with the kart so we missed half of the practice sessions so I wasn't happy as the weekend started out!"
But the return to the karting community was a good reminder of the fact that while it's an ultra-competitive paddock, it's also one that sees teams giving each other a hand now and again.
"Mike Speed really helped us out, we had a problem with our motor and he lent us his, and he also helped us turn our set-up around for this track," said AJ. "We had been completely off, but it got a lot better through the weekend. We kept moving up spots in the heat races, and were able to finish third in the final so that was decent. I'd have like to got the Insignia car on the top, but for just coming into the weekend and not having been in one of these for so long, and having the problems that we had with the kart, I'll take it. We've certainly had some worse kart weekend s this year!" he said with a laugh.
AJ will be back in NASCAR Sprint Cup action this weekend as the huge Brickyard 400 kicks off a string of races to solidify spots in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Allmendinger has been posting consistently strong results in the No. 43, and will look to pick up where he left off at Chicago with another strong outing over the yard of bricks as he makes his 100th NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race start.
-source: walldinger racing