A little over eight months since AJ Allmendinger lost his NASCAR Sprint Cup Series ride in the No. 22 car at Penske Racing due to failing a drug test the driver will again be behind the wheel of a Penske Racing car. Penske announced on Thursday that on February 19th Allmendinger will be testing an IndyCar for him at Sebring International Raceway.
“I felt bad about his situation, people make mistakes and we wanted to try and get him back on his feet after the mess he was in,” said Penske. “So we’ll get him back in a car at Sebring and try and get some sponsorships for a few races and maybe Indy would be his re-launch.”
“I know it’s been a long time since he’s driven an Indy car but we watched him run (Mike) Shank’s car at Daytona and chase (Juan) Montoya around and that was impressive,” Penske said. “We think he might be an interesting guy in an Indy car.”
“A.J. doesn’t have a full-time ride yet and if finds something on the NASCAR side that’s OK too but he’s got a lot of support behind him,” said Penske. “We’ll see how the test goes and get him re-acclimated to an Indy car. If we get him to Indianapolis and a few races, we think he’s got talent.”