Allmendinger, who switched to NASCAR in 2008, says while driving in the Oct. 16 race is an unlikely scenario, the prize money would be good incentive to give it a try. IndyCar announced last week that it will allow up to five qualified drivers from outside the series a chance to win $5 million if they're able to win the race.
Allmendinger, Juan Pablo Montoya and Tony Stewart have been mentioned as drivers who might give it a try because of their backgrounds in open-wheel racing. Montoya said it would be logistically impossible since NASCAR races in Charlotte that same weekend."
Allmendinger formerly raced in the Champ Car World Series, the mostly street and road course rival to the IndyCar Series. Allmendinger has limited oval experience in an open-wheel car, making his decisions a little confusing.
It also gives off the impression that A.J. doesn't have high-hopes for the 2011 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. The Las Vegas race is one day following the fifth Chase for the Championship event from Charlotte Motor Speedway.
A scaled-back Richard Petty Motorsports had designs on making the Chase in 2011 and hoped to do so with Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose.