"He could have easily shook down the car, told Roger it was fine and gone back to the garage and gotten ready for his car. But he stood there on the timing stand, headset on, talking to me. I've been very fortunate, and Will has been the same way," said Allmendinger, who struggled with the urge to brake during his first laps and learned quickly if he ran the same line he did in the NASCAR races at Indy he'd end up in the grass.
"I feel very fortunate, the racing side of it is great, but that he's cared enough to stay in contact," Allmendinger said. "That means way more than putting me in a race car. I'm just enjoying the ride right now. I'm never going to turn down a Roger Penske race car."