Time Not on AJ's Side
This one is going to sting for a while.
With his work day done, AJ Allmendinger could do nothing but share a few F-bombs with the rest of Daytona International Speedway after watching the No. 6 Daytona Prototype — the car running second in Sunday’s Rolex 24 with co-driver Ian James at the wheel — pull up lame with a blown tire and suspension damage with more than three hours remaining.
AJ qualified the car on the front row, and the No. 6 was stout all day and night and was a fixture at the front (especially with AJ driving). But the mechanical demons of endurance racing sent the team home with a 14th-place finish — 43 laps behind Chip Ganassi’s No. 01. (Red Bull athlete Memo Rojas was part of the winning team. More to come on him at www.redbullracingusa.com.)
For the third year in a row, AJ missed out on the overall title in America’s most prestigious sports car race after finishing second in 2006. He’ll have to shake it off rather quickly, however, because AJ, Brian Vickers and Red Bull Racing Team begin a two-day test Monday at Las Vegas. Then it’s off to California Speedway for two days Thursday and Friday.