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Brash driver falls just short of first win

Updated: July 13, 2005, 3:06 PM ET
By John Oreovicz | Special to ESPN.com

CLEVELAND -- Quick! Name the young American racer who soundly beat Danica Patrick to the Toyota Atlantic Championship title in 2003.

Here's a hint: he finished second in two of the last three Champ Car World Series races, including Sunday's Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by U.S. Bank.

Ladies and gentlemen, say hello to A.J. Allmendinger. He's a 23-year-old Californian who's brash, fast, and -- gasp -- potentially even more marketable than the former Atlantic foe who has ...

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