Found December 21, 2011 on Fox Sports:
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 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. The following year, NASCAR veteran Mike Skinner was brought on board to mentor the sophomore stock car racer. Red Bull elected to bench Allmendinger for six races after he'd missed the first three. Ultimately, Allmendinger regained the seat but was replaced by Scott Speed for the final six races of the season. Allmendinger cobbled together rides with Michael Waltrip Racing and Gillett Evernham Motorsports to finish out the 2008 season. His audition in the No. 10 GEM Dodge proved valuable enough to retain a full-time gig for 2009, as GEM transformed into Richard Petty Motorsports for the 2010 season. Allmendinger earned his first career pole in 2010 at Phoenix International Raceway. Despite the financial insecurity surrounding team owner George Gillett, Allmendinger maintained his composure and finished the year on a high note with a fifth-place showing at Homestead-Miami Speedway. His first full season competing in 36 races with the same team in Cup produced two top-fives, eight top-10s and a 19th-place finish in the point standings. As RPM changed hands once again at the end of the 2010 season, Allmendinger and the No. 43 team were all that remained from the old regime. Throughout the year, he was never lower than 17th in the standings but missed the necessary spark to break through to the next level. The addition of veteran crew chief Greg Erwin prior to the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in July provided that spark. Together, the pair vaulted four spots in the standings and missed a Chase berth by just one position when the field was set Sept. 10 at Richmond. Despite a challenging five seasons, Allmendinger has shown dramatic improvement each year, both in top-five and top-10 finishes as well as where he's finished in the points standings. Like Penske, Allmendinger's racing roots come from open wheel. Allmendinger honed his skills on go-karts. He earned two Karting titles, a Barber Dodge championship and Champ Car Atlantic title before being named Champ Car Rookie of the Year in 2004. When the Los Gatos, Calif., native was recruited by Gerry Forsythe after the first four races of the 2006 season, he went on a winning spree, picking up five races of the final nine. As the year wound down, Allmendinger signed a NASCAR deal with Team Red Bull and tested the waters in the Truck series. In his second truck start, he finished fifth at Talladega Superspeedway. Penske Racing announced Dec. 14 that Nationwide Series crew chief Todd Gordon was promoted as crew chief of the No. 22 Dodge. Gordon won six races and six poles with driver Brad Keselowski this season.

Allmendinger ready for ride of his life

AJ Allmendinger talks about his new gig driving the No. 22 Shell Dodge for Penske Racing with the enthusiasm, excitement and awe of someone who just landed his first grown-up job. It probably feels that way to him after five mostly trying seasons in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driving for either start-up or struggling teams. This is certainly Allmendinger's first legitimate...

Allmendinger wins lottery, off to Penske Racing

If you’re A.J. Allmendinger, get yourself down to a local gas station and by a lottery ticket, because odds are you will win. Allmendinger was named today as Kurt Busch’s replacement in the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge for Penske Racing. Paired … Continue reading →

Allmendinger annouced to drive #22 Penske Dodge

Penske Racing has named AJ Allmendinger as the driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge. Allmendinger is coming off a career best season that saw him post a top-5 and 10 top-10’s while finishing 15th in the final driver standings. Allmendinger had been driving the #43 car for Richard Petty Motorsports for the last two seasons and had previously driven the #44 for the team after leaving...

NASCAR: A.J. Allmendinger Signs With Penske Racing

A.J. Allmendinger has left his ride in the No. 43 of Richard Petty Motorsports and will be driving the No. 22 of Penske Racing in 2012. "I am honored to join Penske Racing and I will do my very best to continue to build on the standard of excellence established across the organization," said Allmendinger. The Penske ride opened up when Kurt Busch and Penske agreed...

Latest rumor puts Ragan in 43, Allmendinger in 22

The latest rumor to hit the internet in regards to the driver seat swap game is one centered on David Ragan and AJ Allmendinger. According to “Captain Thunder” the seat of the #43 car will be occupied by David Ragan in 2012 while AJ Allmendinger, who finished higher in points the last three years, heads off to drive the #22 for Penske Racing. Allmendinger to Penske is nothing...

Allmendinger replaces Busch in Penske No. 22

AJ Allmendinger will be named the driver of the No. 22 Sprint Cup car at Penske Racing on Wednesday, a source close to the situation told

Penske hires Allmendinger to drive No. 22 car

Roger Penske has hired AJ Allmendinger to replace Kurt Busch in the No. 22 car. Last year, the 30-year-old Allmendinger had 10 top-10 finishes and was 15th in points driving Richard Petty's No. 43 car. The move, announced Wednesday, takes Penske back to his open-wheel roots. Allmendinger won the open-wheel Barber Dodge Pro Series title in 2002, the Toyota Atlantics championship...

From RP to RP

You know, it is about time that AJ Allmendinger caught a break. He has had many up-and-downs in this sport. I don't know if a lot of folks might have already given up because of all the hurdles that were put in their way. But that group never included AJ. He's kept his head up, kept a positive perspective and now he is driving for a legendary car owner. It wasn't that...

Allmendinger heads to Penske

A.J. Allmendinger (photo courtesy of NASCAR Media)Penske Racing announced on Wednesday that A.J. Allemendinger has been hired to drive the No. 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup car in 2012, replacing Kurt Busch.I am really excited about the opportunity to join Penske Racing and drive the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge in 2012,” Allmendinger said. “I have always admired Roger Penske and the way...

Allmendinger jumps to Penske, will drive the No. 22

All of a sudden, we don't need to feel so sorry for AJ Allmendinger anymore. Over the last few days, it appeared that Allmendinger was losing both his ride in the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 and his sponsor as Best Buy jumped to Roush Fenway Racing. But now, Allmendinger will join Penske Racing to drive the recently-vacated No. 22 Shell Dodge. "AJ is a very talented...

Brant James: Kurt Busch, David Ragan headline best remaining Cup free agents

A.J. Allmendinger is off the market, but several high-profile drivers are still looking for their next ride. Brant James breaks down the remaining free agents and where they might land.

Penske hires Allmendinger to drive No. 22 car

Roger Penske has hired AJ Allmendinger to replace Kurt Busch in the No. 22 car.

Penske hires Allmendinger to drive No. 22 car (AP)

Roger Penske has hired AJ Allmendinger to replace Kurt Busch in the No. 22 car.
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