CONCORD, N.C. — Roger Penske, needing nothing short of a miracle for Helio Castroneves to win the IndyCar title in next week’s season finale, will run a third car for AJ Allmendinger in what’s presumed to be a strategic move to aid their championship chances.
But if the plan is for Allmendinger to try to snatch points away from leader Scott Dixon, Penske isn’t showing his hand.
“I thought it would be a good idea to have Izod in the last race of the series, so he’s going to run the No. 2 car,” Penske said.
Izod is a Penske sponsor and was on Allemendinger’s car in two of the five previous IndyCar races Allmendinger ran this season. Izod also is the entitlement sponsor for the IndyCar Series, and announced in September it would not return in 2014.
MESSAGE DELIVERED: Clint Bowyer sent out a warning on Twitter to daredevil Nik Wallenda before his tightrope walk Saturday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
“Hey Nik Wallenda! This track doesn’t exactly have a good track record with cables,” Bowyer wrote.
Bowyer was referring to the Fox TV cable wires used to support cameras that fell on the track and caused damage to several cars during the last Sprint Cup race at CMS in May.
Wallenda had no such issues with cables though. He and his sister, Lijana Wallenda, successfully completed a dual walk across a 460-foot wire 150 feet above the track Saturday night.