AJ Allmendinger 2014 driver profile
January 27, 2014, NASCAR.com
AJ Allmendinger is proof positive that the NASCAR Road to Recovery can lead the way back to a meaningful career. His previous boss in NASCAR, Roger Penske’s confidence to return him to NASCAR Nationwide Series and IndyCar rides paved the way back for Allmendinger to earn a full-time slot in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2014 with the JTG/Daugherty Racing team.
In 2013, "The Dinger" drove nine times for Phoenix Racing and nine times for his new team with a 10th-place finish at Watkins Glen International. Allmendinger’s two NASCAR Nationwide Series wins for Penske Racing (the Johnsonville Sausage 200 Presented by Menards from the pole at Road America and Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course) indicate he’s ready to take on NASCAR’s best drivers in 2014.
Allmendinger's career hit both high and low points in 2012. After five years of racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with varying results he got the nod to join Penske Racing -- the most competitive team in his NASCAR career. After failing a required random drug test, his NASCAR license was suspended. But, after completing the NASCAR Road to Recovery Program, he was able to race again laying the groundwork for 2013. His third and final year, 2011, with Richard Petty Motorsports is his best season at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level with one top-five and 10 top-10 finishes. His first start in the NASCAR Sprint Cup series came at Bristol in March 2007 after Team Red Bull brought Allmendinger over from the IndyCar open-wheel world. He'd won five times in the now-defunct Champ Car World Series.
Team: JTG/Daugherty Racing
Car: No. 47 Bush's Baked Beans / Clorox / Kingsford Charcoal Chevrolet SS
Birthdate: December 16, 1981
Hometown: Los Gatos, Calif.
Team Owners: Tad and Jodi Geschickter, Brad Daugherty
Crew chief: Brian Burns