JTG Daugherty Makes Offer to Allmendinger
By: Dustin Long - @dustinlong on August 29, 2013 | 11:09 A.M. EST
JTG Daugherty has made an offer to AJ Allmendinger to drive its cars full time in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)
Car owner Tad Geschickter confirmed to Motor Racing Network that JTG Daugherty has made an offer to AJ Allmendinger to drive for the NASCAR Sprint Cup team next season.
Allmendinger would replace Bobby Labonte, whose contract expires after this season. FoxSports.com first reported the story. FoxSports.com also reported that the team has made an offer to Labonte for a position within the company.
JTG Daugherty is expected to announce its driver Saturday at Atlanta Motor Speedway. That announcement will come a day after Earnhardt Ganassi Racing announces who will replace Juan Pablo Montoya in the No. 42 car next season. Media reports have stated that Kyle Larson will take over that ride.
Allmendinger is driving for JTG Daugherty this weekend at Atlanta. It marks his fourth race of the season with the team. He was brought in at Michigan in June to provide a second opinion.
Allmendinger finished 19th there. He placed 22nd at Kentucky and 10th at Watkins Glen.
Allmendinger has resurrected his career since NASCAR suspended him for failing a drug test in June 2012 at Kentucky and he lost his Cup ride with Penske Racing. After completing NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program, Allmendinger began driving for car owner James Finch’s Phoenix Racing team last year.
The 31-year-old Allemendinger has driven a variety of cars this season. He’s run in select Izod INDYCAR races for Roger Penske, including the Indianapolis 500. Allmendinger also has run in select Nationwide races for Penske, winning at Road America and Mid-Ohio this season.
In Cup, Allmendinger has run nine races with Phoenix Racing and three with JTG Daugherty. His best finish this year is 10th at Watkins Glen.