Kaulig Racing Finds a Ray of Hope in AJ Allmendinger After His Indianapolis Win

Published 08/18/2021, 1:39 PM EDT
SONOMA, CA – JUNE 27: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet, poses in front of the Coors Light Pole Award board after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway in Sonoma, California. (Photo by Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)


On Sunday, AJ Allmendinger pulled off a massive upset at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Without a doubt, this Cup race is regarded as a crown jewel event. It is also worth mentioning that the series was racing on the road course for the first time ever. Just like at another iconic track – Daytona – there was a surprise winner, namely Kaulig Racing’s Allmendinger.

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To be perfectly honest, Allmendinger, Matt Kaulig and general manager Chris Rice were surprised at the win. The driver was actually expecting to run in the middle of the Top 10, and this was beyond his wildest dreams. The puzzle pieces steadily fell into place during the overtime and everything just worked out. Considering that Kaulig Racing have designs to field full-time Cup entries in 2022, this is a step in the right direction.

On an interesting note, AJ Allmendinger has led a few laps at the Indianapolis 500. He said, “I don’t mean it when I say this, but it was like, ‘I’m walking with God right now. Like this is what God feels like. I’m walking with Roger Penske, Indy 500, and he’s calling my race, and I’m driving for Roger Penske. That moment will always stand out.”

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This is the second time AJ Allmendinger has won a Cup race

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According to the 39-year-old, this particular win is extra special. However, he also acknowledged that the win was a massive boost for Kaulig Racing. Apparently, Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice poured their hearts and souls into the outfit. For Allmendinger, he personally drives because he truly enjoys racing.

As mentioned before, this is Allmendinger’s second Cup Series win in his entire career. That maiden win came in 2014 at Watkins Glen International, meaning that all of his wins have come on road courses. Of course, once he enters on a full-time basis, he will try and hunt for oval triumphs.

Daytona Beach, Florida, USA; NASCAR Cup Series driver AJ Allmendinger (16) during the O’Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona International Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

The Kaulig Racing team has truly come a long way from entering as a sponsor. Before long, they grew into a full-fledged team and a fully functioning organisation. Admittedly, the likes of Trackhouse Racing and 23XI Racing could be stiff competition when it makes its full-time Cup Series debut.

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