Oct 29, 2009

It is said that timing is everything

So, one can't help but wonder what A.J. Allmendinger was thinking last night/early this morning when he got behind the wheel and then failed a sobriety test after being pulled over by police in Mooresville, N.C.

He was arrested for drunk driving. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.

The incident came less than 24 hours after news that the NASCAR driver would move to the famed No. 43 at Richard Petty Motorsports in 2010, with sponsor Best Buy on the car.

No comment from the team as yet, but considering that Petty's team has historically stayed from any alcohol sponsors and even refused to race in the Nationwide Series when it was know as Busch (sponsored by Anheuser-Busch, makers of Budweiser among others).

Allmendinger, 27, is slated to driver the Petty No. 44 at the Talladega Superspeedway this weekend.

The 2003 Champ Car Atlantic Champion joined NASCAR in 2007 after being identified as a rising U.S. star in the now defunct Champ Car Series. He joined the fledgling Red Bull team behind the wheel of the No. 84.

He is 25th in the Sprint Cup standings with one top-5 (a third in his Daytona 500 debut) and four top-10s, driving the No. 44 for Petty this season.

It has not been a good month for NASCAR on the impaired driving front.

Less than a week ago, Michael Waltrip was involved in a Mooresville crash with a motorcycle where alcohol was thought to be a factor but he registered .06 when tested.

In Daytona Beach, J.C. France, a grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France, was arrested early Thursday on suspicion of driving under the influence and drug-related charges.


  1. Just as Dario did, he went to Nascar after open wheel success, so not the brightest bulb in the lamp.

  2. http://thestar.blogs.com/autoracing/2009/10/lets-all-pitch-in-to-get-Paul-Tracy-an-irl-ride-in-2010.html