Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/1/14

EDMONTON, AB - JULY 26: Will Power, driver of the #12 Penske Truck Rental Dallara Honda, celebrates after winning the IRL IndyCar Series Rexall Edmonton Indy on July 26, 2009 at Edmonton City Centre Airport in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
AJ Allmendinger is being mentioned as one of the favorites in the Indianapolis 500 on Sunday, even though it is his first time in the big race. The Indy 500 rookie qualified fifth, ahead of Penske Racing teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. His car has been so good that Power even used Allmendinger's setup for his own qualifying run. ''He's been the strongest of the three of us this month,'' Power said. ''He definitely does have a shot to win the race.'' It's been noticed beyond the Penske garages and throughout the paddock, with other drivers moving Allmendinger higher up on the list of contenders. Justin Wilson, a former teammate of Allmendinger's in Champ Car and a current teammate on their Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona team, had no doubt Allmendinger would get comfortable quickly at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. ''He's come in and done a great job, and I thought he would - he adapts quicker than anyone I know to different situations,'' Wilson said. ''Whether it's going fr...
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