NASCAR & Auto Racing

Allmendinger taking calls, wants to stay on stock car side

KANSAS CITY, Kansas - A.J. Allmendinger said Friday his situation could be worse. He could be out of a ride and have nobody paying attention to that fact.

"This is a lot better than saying I need a job for next week and nobody cares," Allmendinger said Friday at Kansas Speedway. "I'd rather have to answer these questions than nobody care who I am."

For this week's Sprint Cup race at Kansas, at least, Allmendinger is still the driver of the No. 84 Toyota. But it was announced this week he won't be back next season and there are growing indications his departure could come sooner than that.

Allmendinger said he and Red Bull Racing general manager Jay Frye talked about parting ways as soon as next week if Allmendinger or the team could get a jump-start on what they might do next year.

Allmendinger said he has been contacted by several teams.

"We all know what's out there right now," said Allmendinger, who is in his second season in Cup after coming from the Champ Car World Series. "I definitely want to stay in Cup. I've got offers to go back to Indy cars, possibly, but I've clawed and scratched way too long. ...I don't want to give that up. I'm definitely looking to stay here and I think I will."

Allmendinger's name has been linked to the No. 41 Dodges at Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates. Reed Sorenson is leaving that ride at season's end to go to Gillett Evernham Motorsports.