ALLMENDINGER NOT BURNED BY PONZI SCHEME

Authorities say that Grand-Am Rolex Series driver Henri Zogaib and his associate Paul Bellanca are behind the $5.5 million Ponzi scheme that ensnared a handful of NASCAR officials and drivers. Among those who invested with Zogaib, according to Auto Week, were Grand-Am driver Ryan Dalziel and Sprint Cup driver A.J. Allmendinger. Unlike Dalziel, Allmendinger said he got his money back, but believes he was the only investor to do so. Allmendinger called Zogaib "a smooth guy." Other people are calling him the Madoff of Motorsports. During his career Zogaib has been associated with J.C. France, son of Grand-Am founder Jim France, Paul Tracy, Roberto Moreno, Allan McNish, Mike Rockenfeller and Lucas Luhr. Zogaib also owned the Michael Shank Racing Riley-Lexus and helped find a car for rookie driver Matt Varsha. Police say victims included drivers and NASCAR employees.