AJ Allmendinger has an opportunity to initially run four NASCAR Sprint Cup races for Phoenix Racing as its driver roster starts to take shape.
While Regan Smith will kick off the season in the No. 51 Guy Roofing Chevrolet at Daytona International Speedway, Allmendinger has been offered the chance to drive at Phoenix International Raceway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Auto Club Speedway and Martinsville Speedway. TAG Heuer will sponsor Austin Dillon in the car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Considering that Allmendinger is still hoping to secure a full-time ride for the season - and Phoenix Racing's sponsorship search is ongoing - both parties have agreed to keep their options open should an opportunity arise. Right now, they are working on a race-to-race basis.
Allmendinger ran four races with Phoenix Racing in 2012. Although his best finish in the No. 51 Chevrolet was 24th, the team feels with additional time together the results will come.
Next up for Allmendinger is the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 26. He will defend his Rolex title driving a Ford for Michael Shank Racing.