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Justin Allgaier comments on wreck that took him out of Indianapolis race


JUSTIN ALLGAIER, NO. 48 ALLY CAMARO ZL1 1LE – Sidelined in multi-car accident at the entrance to pit road on Lap 17 – Finished 37th

WHAT WAS YOUR VANTAGE POINT AS YOU WERE COMING DOWN PIT ROAD?

"Kind of like it always has been in the past here. Starting in the back trying to go forward, the No. 15 (Brennan Poole) actually got in the back of me. I didn’t know if I got (hit) the gentleman on the No. 12 (Ryan Blaney’s crew member) or not. Once the wreck started happening in front of us and we all got bottled-up there, one car after another were getting run into. It’s just a shame. I hate it for these guys on this Ally No. 48. They’ve done such a great job. They’ve prepared so well for the circumstances. Obviously, our hearts and thoughts are for Jimmie (Johnson) and his family right now. That’s the most important piece of all this is getting him back to the race track soon. And, I wanted to do well for them today and it’s disappointing to be standing here talking to you (TV interviewer) unfortunately. But we’ll go on. I don’t know what next week looks like yet. We’ll go run the Xfinity Series race and go have a good shot at it. It’s a disappointing way to end the Brickyard 400."

WHAT DID IT MEAN TO BE THE ONE TO GET THE CALL TO STEP IN FOR A SEVEN-TIME CHAMPION?

"I told Mr. Hendrick and I told Jimmie as well how honored I was that they would ask me to be in this role. It means a lot. It means a lot as a driver and just everybody involved, and my family. I’d like to get the opportunity again."

— Team Chevy —