AJ's Fantasy World
AJ Allmendinger hails from Los Gatos, Calif., not far from the old Candlestick Park in San Francisco. He grew up in the backyard of NFL legends Joe Montana and Steve Young — both Super Bowl-winning quarterbacks with the San Francisco 49ers — yet AJ bleeds green and gold and cheers his heart out for No. 4.
Not the Morgan-McClure entry in Nextel Cup, but Brett Favre, quarterback of the Green Bay Packers. AJ is, in fact, a Cheesehead and is so passionate about football that he “owns” a fantasy football team. (For those of you that live under a rock, fantasy football is a game where participants draft and manage a team using real-life NFL players. Statistics mean everything.)
The morning of his Busch Series debut Sept. 1 at California Speedway, AJ hung out with a member of Red Bull Racing’s marketing department in the hotel lobby, providing his expert analysis on the NFL. One thing became clear — you better not bad mouth Favre while AJ’s around. Or any of the Packers, for that matter.
But AJ doesn’t have Favre at his disposal. Instead, he has Cincinnati’s Carson Palmer and the New England Patriots defense. Donald Driver, a Packers wide receiver, is part of Team Allmendinger, however.
And in case you’re wondering, we’ve never heard AJ asking for a Packers score on the radio during a race.