AJ Allmendinger's IndyCar program with Team Penske expanded Friday with the announcement by the team that its third driver would return to the cockpit of the No. 2 Dallara-Chevy for the doubleheader races at Detroit's Belle Isle with backing from Quicken Loans, which is also serving as the presenting sponsor for the event.
“I'm excited to race in Detroit. It's a huge event for Chevrolet and it will be an honor to drive the Quicken Loans Chevy in the hometown of both of those organizations,” said Allmendinger. “It's definitely going to be a challenge to compete in two races in one weekend but it's a great opportunity for me to continue to improve and hopefully come away with two strong results at the Chevrolet Indy Dual in Detroit presented by Quicken Loans.”
“We would like to thank Quicken Loans for their partnership and for providing this opportunity to race AJ in the Dual in Detroit at Belle Isle,” added team owner Roger Penske. “With Penske Corporation, Chevrolet and Quicken Loans all calling Detroit home, this truly is a special event and we are excited to see AJ in action in the Quicken Loans Chevy.”
Allmendinger joined the Team Penske IZOD IndyCar Series program this season as he returned to his open-wheel racing roots after years focusing on NASCAR. The 31-year-old Californian raced at Barber Motorsports Park and at Long Beach in April and will drive the No. 2 IZOD Team Penske machine in the Indianapolis 500 on May 26. He has raced in four Cup Series events this season for Phoenix Racing in addition to his IndyCar Series starts.