Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Must Yield: AJ's Turning Right


Throughout his Champ Car days, AJ Allmendinger completed 3,473 laps of race competition, and almost all of them involved a right-hand turn somewhere along the line. He has driven stock cars ever since, and not once in 2,641 laps has anyone around the rookie pondered turning any direction but left.
Cue the Toyota Save Mart 350, which is Nextel Cup’s first road-course event of 2007 and, ultimately, AJ’s first chance to show the NASCAR crowd what kind of road racer he really is. He must contend with Infineon Raceway’s 11 turns — seven of which can be classified as right-handers.
The pressure is on. Naturally, more is expected of a guy who graduated with a degree in road racing, but Infineon isn’t far from AJ’s suburban San Jose hometown of Los Gatos. This weekend, he’s the hometown hero trying to do good.

20 Comments:

Blogger Kristin said...

The NASCAR community doesn't know what they are getting ready to watch. AJ is one heck of a road course racer! Been counting down the days until this race and Watkins Glenn.

Good luck to both teams and drivers this weekend. Let's make it another TRB weekend!

WE BELIEVE!

7:04 AM  
Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

Hopefully we can all keep our expectations in check. It has been a while since AJ was at Infineon and never raced a stock car here. Here's hoping we can get 2 cars in this race, It will be tough. Go get 'em TRB!

8:05 AM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

Hey Toro,
AJ tested at Sonoma in a late model just a couple weeks ago, hope it helps!

8:51 AM  
Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

I read that, but a late model is no Cup brick, COT :-) But that should help him!

9:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think both drivers can get their teams into the race. I'm just not sure if toyota's engine has the power yet to get off the corner.

10:33 AM  
Anonymous Craig said...

This will be the toughest test qualifying wise for both teams. With teams sporting many road course ringers to get their cars in the show, Brian will have to be on top of his game for a lap.

11:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This has nothing to do with the race this weekend but could someone give out the recipe for Lynn Allmendinger's SEX IN THE PAN cake? I've heard some much about it on the radio and thought it sounded good. Thanks to who ever can send it out.

But Good Luck to both teams this weekend, you both can do it!!!

2:26 PM  
Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

The recipe is on Dave Moody's blog. If you do a search on his name you will find it.

3:08 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

Toro~
Given--but it's still track/seat time.....I know they boys are good drivers and we have the best teams! I'm not worried about that, but I AM worried about the Toy engines! I sure hope they are STRONG!

WE BELIEVE!!!

3:52 PM  
Blogger Krystle said...

I'm not worried about BV but I am worried about the engines. I don't know much about any kind of engine so will not having the strong low-end power hurt big time in Sonomo like it did at Pocono? I'm thinking with them shifting it might be okay but I really have no idea.

4:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think we not only have to worry about the motor but the COT as well. If they cant get that thing to turn on an oval how will it react on a road course? And we still have no idea how the Toyota gear box will hold up thru all the shifting that needs to be done. Didnt AJs car blow up after one run at VIR? Lets try and stay realistic thru this!!

5:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks Toro, I found the recipe. Sounds really good.

Good luck to the TRB teams this weekend!

We Believe and still strong fans!

7:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I believe if the car is there for him, AJ will do fine!!!

10:03 PM  
Anonymous toro rosso 83fan said...

A couple things... The motor issue is one to worry about, I agree. The problem with qualifying is it is only 1 lap, one mistake and you are in trouble. Last year BV practiced fast enough for a top ten start but had an issue and had to rely on his points to get in. I believe in the guys and the cars but qualifying here will be as tough as Daytona...IMHO

4:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where i can buy a copy of the pit crew challenge.
lost mine and would really like to have a copy.
thanks,
a mom

4:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, you've all chimed in with the serious concerns and comments...I just have to say its the turning right for the Winery part of that cartoon that cracks me up the most....

5:34 PM  
Anonymous 83givzuwingz said...

I'm hopin' the COT thing is on our side and throws the ringers for a loop!

Pray for strong engines and late draws!

WE BELIEVE!!!

6:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A mom...

I'd register over at the Dale Jr Pit Board and make a post. Some of those ladies are the best about having copies of different NASCAR events. I'm sure someone over there has a copy they are willing to make and sell(for cheap) to you. Hope this helps and you are able to get a copy of it.

10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

THANK YOU SO MUCH. CANNOT BELIEVE I LOST MINE.
CREWMEMBERS MOM

11:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're Welcome! Hopefully you are able to find someone that has a copy. I'd make you one, but I don't know how to work my DVR Burner.

12:02 PM  

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