Tuesday, 26 February 2013 19:06
A.J. Allmendinger is ready to get back behind the wheel of a stock car and will pilot the No. 51 Guy Roofing Chevrolet in Sunday’s Subway Fresh Fit 500k at Phoenix International Raceway, his first race in the new Gen6 Sprint Cup car, Phoenix Racing announced Tuesday.
“It's been a few months since I've been in a stock car,” said Allmendinger. “I haven't been in one of the Gen 6 cars yet, so I think it will take a little time to get acclimated to it. I think for the first 30 to 45 minutes I'll have to ease into it and get used to the new car, but after that, I'll be up to speed and ready to go.”
Allmendinger has eight Sprint Cup starts on the one-mile oval in the desert. He has scored two top-10 finishes and started from the pole at Phoenix in 2010.
“Phoenix International Raceway is a great place for me to get back behind the wheel,” stated Allmendinger. "It definitely helps to go to a track that I enjoy already."
“Of all the tracks we go to, this is one of the most technical and challenging. It takes finesse and you have to hit your marks nearly perfect every time. There's barely any banking, which means it's easy to slip and slide if you come into the corners too hot. You also have to be mindful of your brakes. It's easy to use them up in the early stages of the race and not have any left for the end. I think that's what I enjoy so much about the track. You have to be on top of your game to have a good day there.”
The No. 51 James Finch owned team placed seventh in the Daytona 500 with Regan Smith in the seat.
“I was really impressed with their run last week at Daytona, it showed that they're putting together solid equipment and have a good feel for the new car,” Allmendinger said.
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