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.