Sunday, January 27, 2008

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.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

words can't describe the disappointment AJ must be feeling. 2nd fastest lap of the race, 6 car led the second most laps, looking like a great battle for the win with two DP's left on the lead lap with 3 1/2 hrs to go. Drove in dominant form whenever he was on the track never putting a wheel off, rain or shine, day or night. Damn shame...

1:27 PM  
Anonymous lovinbv83 said...

I totally agree. AJ next year will be your year. U were kicking some major butt when they went off air Saturday night.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My heart sank when i saw the 6 car pull into the pits. As long as the other drivers kept it on the lead lap AJ could take it to the front and pull away. His stint during the early morning hours was short of incredible. He lapped the entire field up to 3rd place when the yellow flag came out. Putting up laps up to 3 seconds faster than anyone else. That race was theirs. So sad.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

AM speeds look good in Vegas. GO BV and AJ!!

5:06 PM  

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