AJ Allmendinger will compete in next weekend’s Xfinity Series race at Watkins Glen in the No. 23 GMS Racing Chevrolet, the team has announced.
The Zippo 200 will be Allmendinger’s first race in the series since 2013. In 10 career starts, Allmendinger has two wins on the road courses at Road America and Mid-Ohio. Allmendinger does not have a previous Xfinity Series start at Watkins Glen, but his lone Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win came at the track in 2014.
Allmendinger will have sponsorship support from ISM Connect and AfterShokz.
“I am really looking forward to racing with GMS,” said Allmendinger. “The team has become very competitive in the short amount of time it’s been competing in the Xfinity Series. Watkins Glen is one of my favorite tracks, and I hope together we can have a strong result. It’s great that AfterShokz is on board as a sponsor. I checked out a pair of their open-ear headphones; they are awesome and such a departure from the bulky headsets you typically see fans wearing at races.”
GMS Racing is continuing to honor the contracts it made during the suspension of primary driver Spencer Gallagher in May. Gallagher, whose suspension was lifted by NASCAR on July 4, will return to the car full-time when those contracts have run their course.
Allmendinger will be the sixth different substitute driver to have raced the No. 23.
“We are excited to welcome AfterShokz and A.J. to the GMS Racing family,” said president of GMS Racing, Mike Beam. “It’s a great product that is already available to fans at the track and what better person to represent their brand than A.J. He is a great road course racer and hopefully we will be able to put the No. 23 and AfterShokz in victory lane.”
With the No. 23 Chevrolet, GMS Racing is 12th in the owner’s standings with one win and eight top-10 finishes.