Return to JTG Daugherty Racing a ‘No Brainer’ for Allmendingerby Kyle Pokrefky May 11, 2015 0 comments
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — A.J. Allmendinger will remain with the team that delivered him his first career Sprint Cup victory for five more years, signing a contract extension through 2020 with JTG Daugherty Racing prior to yesterday’s SpongeBob Squarepants 400.
The decision to remain with JTG Daugherty racing came to Allmendinger as a ‘no brainer.’
When explaining his decision to stick with the team he won and clinched a Chase berth with at Watkins Glen last season, the former Champ Car standout cited the sense of family within the organization as enough to want him to return to the single-car operation.
“Tad [Geschickter, team owner] and I did a new deal through 2020, which to me, was just a no brainer,” Allmendinger said. “And Tad and Jodi [Geschickter] have been such a big influence in my life outside the race car.
“Inside the race car, it’s great to have a job and be here for a long time. But what they mean to me outside the race car as family is people that I consider some of my best friends. It’s just kind of a renewed love of the sport that they’ve given me; just a different outlook.”
With his new deal, Allmendinger has found some peace of mind due amidst the harsh nature of the business side of the sport with sponsors and drivers jumping from team-to-team at a hectic pace.
Even with a five-year contract extension, the Los Gatos, Calif. native still places pressure on himself to help the JTG Daugherty operation improve; and with a half-decade extension being made, he’ll have plenty of time to continue to help elevate the team’s status.
“This sport is not easy especially this day and age,” Allmendinger stated. “It is so competitive and it’s so brutal when it comes to trying to find sponsors and keep sponsors and having a job. This is a home and I know it’s the right place for me.
“To have a long term deal is great, but I kind of look at it as something that I’m going to be here hopefully until my career is over – whenever that is. It’s the right place for me on and off the racetrack. It’s a big deal.
“In a way it makes things a little bit easier because I know it is a long-term deal, but at the same point I put a lot more pressure on myself because I want to keep trying to get better and make us better. “
Through 56 starts behind the wheel of JTG Daugherty’s No. 47 Chevrolet, Allmendinger has a Watkins Glen win, two top-fives and eight top-10s to his credit.
The team qualified for last year’s 16-driver Chase yet made an unceremonious departure from it after the first round.
Allmendinger currently sits 19th in the drivers standings – 14 points out of a Chase spot.
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