Allmendinger Set For Indy 500 ROP


IZOD IndyCar Series driver stewards Arie Luyendyk and Johnny Unser will oversee the program that puts a premium on car control, placement and a consistent driving pattern.

Allmendinger tested March 27 on the 1.5-mile Texas Motor Speedway oval and made his IZOD IndyCar Series debut in the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 7. He also competed in the No. 2 Chevrolet-powered IZOD car in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 21. Allmendinger, whose last Indy car oval race was at Milwaukee in June 2006, has competed at the Speedway in a stock car. Any comparison can end right there.

“It is something I have wanted to do, but never got that opportunity when Champ Car split,” the 31-year-old California native said. “Like anything, it is a new challenge and I have to get used to it. They have already told me I can’t brake at the end of the straightaway (like in a stock car), even though that it is what I am used to doing.

“The good thing about Indy is that you get so much time there. I am fortunate to have Helio (Castroneves), Will (Power) and Rick Mears there to coach me along. It will be pretty cool to roll out of Gasoline Alley and onto the track.”