CONCORD, NC - MAY 22: AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #43 Best Buy Ford, stands on the grid prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Showdown at Charlotte Motor Speedway on May 22, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina. (Photo by Rusty Jarrett/Getty Images for NASCAR)At Infineon I interviewed fellow Bay Area native AJ Allmendinger, asking him ten questions from Inside the Actor’s Studio and he had some good answers.

AJ drives the No. 43 Best Buy Ford Fusion for Richard Petty Motorsports and he was a very nice & very funny guy. There is a photo of me with AJ but I have made an executive decision to not post it for the very simple reason that I look like crap in it. My eyes were closed too. So I’m sure you all understand why I can’t post it. But wait till I post my interview with Elliott Sadler, that photo came out great. I look respectable in that one. 🙂

Without further adieu, here are AJ’s answers:

What is your favorite word? Winning

What is your least favorite word? Losing

What turns you on? A fast race car

What turns you off? A very slow race car

What sound or noise do you love? My crew chief or my spotter telling me that I’m coming across the start/finish line as the winner.

What sound or noise do you hate? Silence. When you’re in a race car that’s usually when it’s bad as you start to wreck. You hear the tire noise and then all of a sudden it goes silent for a second and that’s when you know you’re going to hit really hard.

What is your favorite curse word? Fuck. I use that a lot. I’m not allowed to use it on the radio anymore. I’ve got a little bet going with my sponsor, Best Buy, if I use it I have to put money in a jar*. I’ve only had to put money into the jar one time this year, so it’s been good. Outside the car, it’s game open.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Starting quarterback of an NFL team. I think that’d be cool. Although, I don’t think I’d like to get hit like they do.

What profession would you not like to do? Anything that has to do with real manual labor. I found quickly that manual labor doesn’t like me and I don’t like it. My dad’s a carpet layer and he would come home from work everyday going, “Go to school. Do everything right. Make sure you keep winning races because you don’t want to do this.” So, i think I’d go with laying carpet.

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? Just that I was a deserving person to be there. That I was a good person, I cared about the people that were in my life. I had fun but overall that I was just a good person, has nothing to do with racing.

*I asked how much money he has to put in the jar if he cusses and it’s $100 a pop. I wonder how much money is in that jar after everything that happened at Daytona this past weekend.


Read more of my “Inside the Actor’s Studio” questionnaire interviews in the archives and read about how it all started with Tony Stewart.