AJ Allmendinger has apparently won the Penske Racing lottery.
Allmendinger, who turned 30 on Friday, has been selected to drive the organization's No. 22 Shell/AAA Dodge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series in 2012, sources have confirmed to FOXSports.com.
He replaces Kurt Busch, who mutually agreed to part ways with Penske on Dec. 6. Allmendinger received his release from Richard Petty Motorsports on Tuesday after the organization was unable to retain Best Buy for 2012.
On Tuesday, Best Buy announced a new partnership with Roush Fenway Racing for next season.
Allmendinger is coming off his most successful season in NASCAR after finishing 15th in the Cup points standings. Although his stock-car career began with a shaky start, Allmendinger has persevered. He and Red Bull Racing made their Sprint Cup debut together in 2007 -- and qualified for just 17 races that first season. Comparatively, his Red Bull Racing teammate Brian Vickers made the show just 23 times that same season.