Allmendinger moves to NASCAR
|Tuesday, October 24th 2006, 09:29 GMT|
AJ Allmendinger is set to confirm later today a switch from Champ Car to NASCAR with the new Red Bull team.
According to Speed TV's website, Allmendinger has notified his Champ Car team Forsythe Racing that he would be leaving the open-wheel racing series after this season.
"I spoke with AJ and his agent tonight and they informed me of their decision," team owner Gerald Forsythe said.
"I told him that I was disappointed, our team was disappointed, and Champ Car fans will be disappointed, but I wished him well."
Allmendinger joined Forsythe Racing mid-way through the 2006 season, in June, replacing Mario Dominguez in the No. 7 car.
He made an immediate impact, dominating his first race with the team and winning the Portland round just days after stepping into the car. He went on to win again at Cleveland, a week later, and at Elkhart Lake last month.
Forsythe revealed he had tried to sign Allmendinger on a long-term contract but said the driver and his management asked for too much money.
"They wanted three million dollars a year plus prize money, and that's just not realistic," Forsythe said.
"I want AJ and Champ Car wants AJ, but not at that price."