A. J. Allmendinger

A. J. Allmendinger

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A. J. Allmendinger

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Anthony James "A. J." Allmendinger (born December 16, 1981), nicknamed The Dinger, is an American racecar driver. He is best known for his accomplishments in the Champ Car World Series. Allmendinger currently drives the #43 Best Buy Ford Fusion for Richard Petty Motorsports in the Sprint Cup Series. He is married to Canadian model Lynne Kushnirenko.

Racing career



Early career

He started his career in karts. He won two International Karting Federation Grand National championships.

He also raced in New Zealand in 2002 in the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship

Allmendinger won the Barber Dodge Pro Series championship in 2002, and the Champ Car Atlantic Championship in 2003 with Carl Russo's RuSport team.

Champ Car

In 2004, Allmendinger and RuSport entered the Champ Car World Series, with Michel Jourdain Jr. joining Allmendinger. He scored a run of 6 top-6 finishes towards the end of the season and won the Roshfrans Rookie-of-the-Year award ahead of Justin Wilson. Wilson joined the team for 2005, and both drivers have been in regular contention for podium finishes.

On June 9, 2006, RuSport announced that Allmendinger would be replaced by 2002 CART champion Cristiano da Matta. 5 days later, Forsythe Championship Racing announced Allmendinger as their new driver, replacing Mario Dominguez. In the interim, he became engaged to Lynne Kushnirenko, a Canadian model and chiropractor. In his...
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