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AJ Allmendinger Not Returning To Indianapolis 500 After Justin Wilson’s Death


Don’t expect to see AJ Allmendinger attempt the Indianapolis 500 anytime soon. Allmendinger said Tuesday in a interview the death of his friend Justin Wilson made him decide he won’t drive any IndyCar races until the series has closed cockpits.

“The moment Justin Wilson passed away I said ‘Never again,’” Allmendinger said about the 500. “The only way I would do it is if they put in a closed cockpit over the car and tested it and they thought that was a good direction in safety then I might think about doing it again.”

Justin Wilson was killed at Pocono in August when he was struck in the helmet by a piece of debris from a crashed car. Closed cockpits or cockpit canopies have been offered as potential safety solutions after Wilson’s death. However, for various reasons, including tradition, the suggestions are not expected in the near future.

Allmendinger, who raced three years in Champ Car before making the move to NASCAR, finished seventh in the 2013 Indianapolis 500 while driving a partial schedule for Team Penske.