AJ Allmendinger racing for Penske
DOVER, Del. -- Roger Penske said driver AJ Allmendinger could one day be back in Penske Racing's NASCAR program after releasing him following a failed drug test last year.
That moment will come in the upcoming Nationwide Series road course races at Road America (June 22) and Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (Aug. 17).
"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,'' Penske said in a release on Saturday. "With his stock car experience and his road course experience, we think this is the perfect opportunity for him and for the team."
Allmendinger already has driven in three IndyCar events for Penske, starting fifth and finishing seventh in Sunday's Indianapolis 500. He recently tested the No. 22 Nationwide car he will drive at the Virginia International Raceway road course.
"I've always really enjoyed the road course racing in NASCAR, so to get the opportunity to compete in two events in the Nationwide Series with Penske Racing is amazing," Allmendinger said.
Allmendinger was released from driving the No. 22 Penske Racing Sprint Cup car in August, about a month after testing positive for amphetamines.
Allmendinger said the positive test came from taking a prescription Adderall given to him by a friend a few days before a random drug test at Kentucky. He said he did not knowingly take a banned substance, apologized and went through NASCAR's Road to Recovery program needed for reinstatement. Penske said at the time of reinstatement that Allmendinger was "certainly an option for people on the NASCAR side and the Indy side.''
David Newton covers NASCAR for ESPN.com. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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