Although his IndyCar stint with Team Penske ended – for now, at least – on a disappointing note in Detroit, AJ Allmendinger will return to a Penske Racing stock car in two Nationwide Series road course races this year, the team announced. Allmendinger will drive the No. 22 Penske Ford at Road America on June 22, where Jacques Villeneuve drove the No. 22 last year (ABOVE), and at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 17.
"I think this is a great opportunity for us to have AJ drive the No. 22 Discount Tire Ford," owner Roger Penske said. "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. With his stock car experience and his road course experience, we think this is the perfect opportunity for him and for the team."
Allmendinger hasn't driven a stock car for Penske since he lost his ride in the No. 22 Sprint Cup car after a failed drug test last year. He has competed in four Sprint Cup races this season with Phoenix Racing.
Allmendinger has eight starts in the Nationwide Series, the last coming at Phoenix in 2008. The race at Mid-Ohio will mark the first visit there by any of NASCAR's top three touring series.