Motorsport.com staff reporters
It appears that AJ Allmendinger had landed the sought after ride with Penske Racing. Following his best season in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, the Californian ended up yesterday without a ride in the 2012 season after he finishes 15th in the points this year.
Richard Petty Motorsports lost the Best Buy sponsor to Roush Fenway Racing. Yesterday, they gave Allmendinger his walking papers but the former open-wheel star, who has earned respect since joining the NASCAR ranks, did not take long to land a new ride.
Allmendinger was not on the possible list of drivers who could end up with the Penske ride after the departure of Kurt Busch on December 6th.
Yet as of today, word on the street is the driver of the No. 22 Dodge who will chase for the 2012 Cup crown will be Allmendinger.
Editor note: It has been confirmed and following this evening's teleconference, our NASCAR Correspondent Joe Jennings will have the full story.
In the press release sent by Penske Racing and Allmendinger's personal PR, he commented: "I am really excited about the opportunity to join Penske Racing and drive the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge in 2012. I have always admired Roger Penske and the way his teams compete and win in every series where they race. It is a privilege for me to represent such iconic and respected brands as Shell and Pennzoil, AAA and Dodge. I am honored to join Penske Racing and I will do my very best to continue to build on the standard of excellence established across the organization.”
Team owner Roger Penske stated: “AJ is a very talented and motivated driver and we believe he will be a terrific fit with our team,” said Roger Penske. “He has shown great promise and consistent results on the track over the last few seasons and working with Todd and the Shell-Pennzoil Dodge team will allow him to take the next step and compete for race wins and a spot in the Chase in 2012.”