Meyer Shank Racing on Friday announced that AJ Allmendinger would join the team’s 2021 Rolex 24 at Daytona effort in the Acura ARX-05c DPi, this is the fifteenth Rolex 24 that Allmendinger will race in with the team or its predecessors.
“I always feel so fortunate and lucky to have the opportunity to drive for my close friend Mike Shank and everyone at the Meyer Shank Racing team for my 15th attempt at the Rolex 24,” said Allmendinger.
“I can’t wait to get back to Prototype racing. The DPi machines are very quick and look so fun to drive. I am sure it will take me a few laps to get used to the speed and downforce, but I’ll be surrounded by a great team and I know that I will get up to speed fairly quick. I can’t thank Mike, MSR and Honda HPD for allowed me to drive for them,” Allmendinger added.
Allmendinger first raced with Meyer Shank Racing in 2006 where he helped the team earn its first podium finish in the race. Six years later, in 2012, Allmendinger was part of the team that won the race overall for MSR.
“More than anything, I am so pumped for Mike (Shank) and the team to become a factory Acura DPi team,” said Allmendinger. “No one deserves this more than Mike Shank. His hard work and dedication is paying off and I am happy to be a small part of that.”
Alongside his sportscar racing, Allmendinger is also a veteran NASCAR driver, driving in the series since 2007. Long considered to be a road course specialist, Allmendinger scored his first oval win earlier in the year at Atlanta Motor Speedway.