INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — AJ Allmendinger is being mentioned as one of the favorites in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, even though it is his first time in the big race.
The Indy 500 rookie qualified fifth, ahead of Penske Racing teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. His car has been so good that Power even used Allmendinger's setup for his own qualifying run.
"He's been the strongest of the three of us this month," Power said. "He definitely does have a shot to win the race."