Later this season, A.J. Allmendinger will return to Penske Racing’s NASCAR program with two road course appearances in the NASCAR Nationwide Series. Allmendinger, who is racing with Team Penske this weekend in the IZOD IndyCar Series at Detroit, will drive the No. 22 Ford in the NNS rounds at Road America in Wisconsin (June 22) and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 17).
“He is a great talent on road courses and has been doing a great job for Team Penske already this year in the IZOD IndyCar Series,” said team owner Roger Penske in a statement. “With his stock car experience and his road course experience, we think this is the perfect opportunity for him and for the team.”
Allmendinger was released from his Sprint Cup ride with Penske last summer after being suspended for failing a drug test. However, he completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program and was eventually reinstated.
This season, he has split his work primarily between part-time duties in both IndyCar with Penske and Sprint Cup with Phoenix Racing. He is expected to compete in next week’s Cup race at Pocono Raceway.
“I’ve always really enjoyed the road course racing in NASCAR, so to get the opportunity to compete in two events in the Nationwide Series with Penske Racing is amazing,” said Allmendinger in the same statement. “I’ve had the chance to test with the No. 22 team at Virginia International Raceway and the guys are great. They work hard to make sure they put an amazing piece on the track and that shows in the results.”
In nine career Sprint Cup starts on road courses, Allmendinger has one Top-5 and four Top-10 finishes.