Former rivals would welcome Allmendinger to IndyCar image

AJ Allmendiger got to drive an IndyCar again today after a seven year hiatus during a pre-season test with Penske Racing at Sebring.

While nothing is known yet about his future in America’s leading open-wheel series, Allmendinger’s rivals from his days in Champ Car would like to see him back on track.

“He’ll get back up to speed quickly. It’s the finer details of the car that takes time. I enjoy racing him and would love to do so again. I think he would bring some interest to the series,” said Justin Wilson, who has competed against and has been a teammate of 31-year-old Allmendinger.

After losing his NASCAR Penske seat due to a failed drug test, Allmendinger was given a hand by the same Penske, which offered him a test with its IndyCar team.

Dragon Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais, a four-time Champ Car champion, also had nice things to say about Allmendinger. “He’s a tough racer. He’s fast and the records speak for themself. We had some pretty serious battles. It will be interesting to see how it shakes out. Maybe he’ll get back full time (in the series). (If so) he’s going to be running at the front with one of the best cars,” the Frenchman said.