Roger Penske continues to evaluate his options for a driver to replace A.J. Allmendinger in the No. 22 car. However, he is rumored to have limited the search to several drivers. Although Sam Hornish Jr. is currently driving the No. 22 Dodge, he may not end up with the ride next season.
Sam Hornish Jr. as a Potential Replacement
Sam Hornish Jr. seems to the most likely candidate to replace A.J. Allmendinger for the 2013 NASCAR season. He finished in fifth place at the Finger Lakes 355 race on Aug. 12 and in third place at the Zippo 250 race on Aug. 11. Penske Racing turned to Hornish immediately after Allmendinger was suspended. Nevertheless, Roger Penske has not officially handed over the No. 22 car to Sam Hornish Jr. Instead, Penske continues to mention that he is still evaluating options for the ride.
Joey Logano as a Potential Replacement
Joey Logano has been frequently cited as another potential replacement for Allmendinger. He has admitted that he has received "a couple of offers" and is considering the option of leaving Joe Gibbs Racing. Logano has mentioned the possibility of joining Penske Racing by stating, "It's a great team and a great car. Definitely an option you look at and try to weigh it out."
Ryan Newman as a Potential Replacement
Ryan Newman has become another popular option that Penske Racing is allegedly interested in pursuing. Since he left the team in 2008, there has been no indication that he is interested in returning. I think it is unlikely that Roger Penske would reuse a driver from the team's past. In addition, Newman seems determined to stay with Stewart-Haas Racing for the 2013 season.
David Ragan as a Potential Replacement
David Ragan attempted to gain a Penske Racing ride in 2011 to replace Kurt Busch. Although he failed last year, he is rumored to be pursuing the option again because of the departure of A.J. Allmendinger. Ragan finished in 22nd place at the Finger Lakes 355 race on Aug. 12. Since Penske passed on him in 2011, he is likely to ignore him again this year.
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