"Being here with Team Penske, I was so nervous before, and then after getting done, I let the emotions kind of take over," he said. "It's pretty special. It's Pole Day in Indy! This is what I have dreamed about for 15 or 20 years and to finally have the opportunity and have Roger Penske and Tim Cindric give me the opportunity.
"My teammates have helped me out so much, it's probably the most fun I have ever had with a group of guys," he added. "It is so special. Everybody has told me these are the hardest four laps - maybe one of the hardest days you will ever go through in your career – for getting everything out of the car."
Allmendinger's laps were good enough to put him into the Fast 9 with his team mates Power and Castroneves, and then he punched in a qualifying run that places him in the middle of the second row in fifth place next Sunday - ahead of both his more experienced colleagues. Despite his years of experience in NASCAR and the Champ Car World Series, Allmendinger was doing his wide-eyed best to look like he'd never been in a better place in his life.
"For me, I'm thrilled to be here. I'm thrilled to be here, I'm thrilled to be next to these guys. No, it's ... I really enjoyed this week and this [Fast 9] press conference is just the cherry on top," he said. "I was just happy to be in the top nine, and whatever we got from there."
Full Pole Day qualifying times
Full Fast 9 Shootout times
Pictures from the qualifying and practice sessions