Even with a full-time job for one of NASCAR’s premier teams, AJ Allmendinger has not forgotten his roots.
|Allmendinger gives back.|
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver announced this week that he will present a scholarship to a deserving young karter, allowing that racer to compete for the 2012 World Karting Association championship. The championship series begins March 23-25 at Carolina Motorsports Park in Kershaw, SC, and includes the Rotax Grand Nationals in August and SKUSA SuperNationals in November. In addition to competitive funding, the scholarship winner will receive media and management training from Allmendinger's personal management firm, Walldinger Racing.
Allmendinger cut his teeth in go karts in his native California, Allmendinger earned a pair of International Karting Federation championships, before being crowned 2002 Barber Dodge Pro Series champion. That led him to Champ Car Atlantic division -- where he won the 2003 title – then on to the Champ Car World Series, where he claimed Rookie of The Year honors the following season. Since joining the NASCAR Ranks in 2006, he has competed for Red Bull Racing, Gillett-Evernham Motorsports and Richard Petty Motorsports. He will drive Penske Racing’s #22 Shell Pennzoil Dodge on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series this season.
Applicants between the ages of 13 and 16 are encouraged to submit their CV, racing credentials, photo and a short summary of their racing goals. Deadline for entry is March 10, 2012. For additional information and how to apply, visit ajallmendinger.com.