Tracy predicts Allmendinger struggle
|Thursday, November 9th 2006, 12:35 GMT|
Paul Tracy believes that AJ Allmendinger is going to find his switch to NASCAR a lot harder than he expected.
Speaking in his exclusive column for autosport.com, the Canadian said that he feels Allmendinger made the switch because of the money, and that he could struggle to qualify for races next year.
"I don't think AJ has thought about anything except the money," Tracy wrote. "Genuinely I wish the kid luck."
Allmendinger was scheduled to make his debut at Texas Motor Speedway last weekend, but he failed to qualify in the Team Red Bull car.
"After doing so badly at Texas he's going to realise that it's a lot harder than he was expecting," said Tracy.
"In Nextel Cup, they all have good equipment, and they all know what they're doing. I'm not exaggerating when I say he could be hard-pressed to make the races next year."
Tracy made a handful of starts in the Busch series this year, but he recently announced that he had cancelled his NASCAR plans for next year to focus on his Champ Car career.
He also believes that his former teammate could have a very brief NASCAR career if things don't turn around quickly.
"AJ's just got in this deal where he's making a lot of money, but if he doesn't start making the race, he's gonna get spat out real quick," he said.
"He might not have thought this far ahead before, but I bet you he's thinking about it now."