Team Penske has announced that AJ Allmendinger will race for the team at the upcoming IZOD IndyCar Series season finale at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., Oct. 18-19. Allmendinger will drive the team’s No. 2 IZOD Dallara-Chevrolet at the two-mile superspeedway as he looks to close the season with a strong finish in his return to open-wheel racing in 2013.
“I’m looking forward to racing the IZOD Chevy in the IndyCar season finale,” said Allmendinger, who will make his sixth IZOD IndyCar Series start for Team Penske this season when he takes the green flag in the 500-mile MAVTV 500 on Saturday evening, Oct. 19. “It’s always a great opportunity to compete for Team Penske and I had great time and a solid result racing the IZOD car in the last 500-mile race back in May at the Indianapolis 500. Hopefully, we can close out the season with another good finish for Team Penske and for Chevrolet.”
Allmendinger will join Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves and Will Power to give the team a strong three-car lineup for the final race of a memorable 2013 season. Castroneves will compete for the series title as he trails rival Scott Dixon by 25 points entering the race.
“AJ has been a good addition to our team this season and he was terrific racing the IZOD Chevrolet in the Indianapolis 500,” said Roger Penske. “With his experience racing on the Auto Club Speedway oval in the past we believe he will be very competitive as we try and end the season with a strong result for Team Penske.”
Chevrolet enters the last race of the 2013 season tied with Honda in the IZOD IndyCar Series manufacturer’s championship. Each engine supplier has produced nine victories on the season so the winner at Auto Club Speedway will claim the series manufacturer’s title.
Allmendinger joined the Team Penske program this season as he returned to his open-wheel racing roots. The 31-year-old native of Los Gatos, Calif., has raced at Barber Motorsports Park, Long Beach, the Indianapolis 500 and the series double-header at Detroit’s Belle Isle Park this season.
In addition to his time with Team Penske in IndyCar, Allmendinger has earned two victories while competing with Penske Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series this season.