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AJ Allmendinger Joins NBC Sports as IMSA and NASCAR Analyst

By Luis Torres, Staff Writer

Former NASCAR and Champ Car driver, but also IMSA enthusiast A.J. Allmendinger was announced by the NBC Sports Group Wednesday that he’ll join the broadcasting team.

The multi-year deal will have Allmendinger do multiple projects, including covering the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as a booth analyst, where he’ll make his broadcast debut in the 57th Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 26-27, NBC’s first race under their new television deal.

It’ll also be double-duty effort as he’s scheduled to run for Michael Shank Racing in the GTD class, an event he’s won overall in 2012.

“A.J. loves to race and is passionate about IMSA,” said Sam Flood, Executive Producer and President of Production, NBC Sports. “His career as a driver across IMSA, NASCAR and Open Wheel will bring a unique mix of experience and insight to the NBC Sports team.”

In addition of covering IMSA, he’ll be contributing for NBCSN’s daily episodic show NASCAR America, bringing his 13 years of experience to the telecast with him.

Allmendinger said he’s ready for the new chapter and being a part of NBC, which has become the home for motorsports in 2019 with not just NASCAR, but the exclusive network for the IndyCar Series, and the new home for IMSA, AMA Supercross and Monster Jam.

“I couldn’t be more excited to begin this new chapter in my life alongside some of the most knowledgeable and influential voices in motorsports, and to be a part of NBC Sports’ second-to-none coverage,” said Allmendinger.

The 37-year-old Californian native wrapped up his six-year stint at JTG Daugherty Racing last month, where he claimed his only Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series victory at Watkins Glen International in 2014.

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From the Pacific Northwest, Luis is a University of Idaho graduate with a Bachelor's degree in Broadcasting and Digital Media. Ever since watching the 2003 Daytona 500, being involved in auto racing is all he's ever dreamed of doing. He's also covered Idaho Athletics and high school football as both a writer and videographer. Additionally, he spent 2017 writing several racing columns as an independent journalist. Luis does video and photography, and is a fan of Seattle sports, a music critic and a motivator who wants to impact people's lives.