Less than two years after his NASCAR career was in limbo, AJ Allmendinger has a full-time Sprint Cup Series ride again as JTG-Daugherty Racing introduced Allmendinger on Saturday as its driver of the No. 47 car for 2014.
Allmendinger has driven for the team on a part-time basis this season and will be behind the wheel Sunday at Atlanta. The team looked to Allmendinger for a second opinion this season after struggling with Bobby Labonte, its driver for the past three seasons.
Last year, Allmendinger was suspended for violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy after testing positive for a banned substance after the Kentucky race. After the suspension, he was replaced by Sam Hornish in Penske's No. 22 and never returned to the seat of that car, though he raced for Phoenix Racing for four races at the end of the season.
Roger Penske stayed loyal to Allmendinger after Joey Logano was named the full-time driver of the No. 22 in 2013 and Allmendinger has made starts in both the Nationwide Series and IndyCar Series for Penske. He's won both Nationwide races he's been in at Road America and Mid-Ohio. He finished seventh in the Indianapolis 500.
Throughout his Sprint Cup Series career, Allmendinger has five top fives and 30 top 10s in 185 races. JTG-Daugherty currently fields Toyotas in the Cup Series but said Saturday that it was undecided on a manufacturer for 2014.