May 18, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indy Car Series driver AJ Allmendinger poses for the traditional photo after qualifying on pole day for the 2013 Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Indianapolis 500: Does AJ Allmendinger Have An Advantage?

AJ Allmendinger is seeing 2013 turn his career around after a miserable 2012 season that saw him lose his full-time ride with Penske Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Now he’s returned to his roots and his former team driving for Team Penske part-time in the IZOD IndyCar Series.

This weekend was the qualifying round for IndyCar drivers to earn their spot in the 97th Indianapolis 500. Ed Carpenter stunned the field of thirty-three drivers with the fastest average lap speed earning him the pole position for next Sunday’s iconic race.

However, four spots behind him sits the Dinger who will start fifth next Sunday in his first Indianapolis 500.

The Indy 500 rookie maybe be starting in his first Indy 500 (obviously!), but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have the experience and talent to actually win the race. In fact he has plenty of experience.

Allmendinger has made four starts at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway behind the wheel of a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car. With an average finish of 17th and just one top-10 finish, you wouldn’t think he has an advantage. However, driving a stock car at Indianapolis takes a lot more talent and patience than an IndyCar. Though on paper his stats aren’t impressive, Allmendinger has raced this track before and knows it rather well.

His previous experience plus the experience in the new DW12 IndyCar this year could equal a very successful race next weekend for Allmendinger. Possibly even a win!

Are you rooting for The Dinger? Let us know below in the comments!

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