Anthony James "A. J." Allmendinger (born December 16, 1981) is an American open-wheel and stock car racing driver. He earned five wins and a third championship place in the 2006 Champ Car season. Afterwards, he contested the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, achieving a 13th place in the 2014 championship and a win that season in the 2014 Cheez-It 355 at The Glen. Moreover, he has competed in the 24 Hours of Daytona since the 2006 edition for Michael Shank's team, finishing first in 2012, second in 2006 and third in 2013.