Team Penske announced Friday that the five-time Champ Car race winner, AJ Allmendinger would drive the No. 2 Chevrolet-powered car with primary sponsorship from IZOD in at least two races, including the 97th Running of the 500 Mile Race on May 26 and the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 7.
Ron Ruzewski, the team’s technical director, will be his race engineer.
Penske Racing president Tim Cindric said it's the team's goal for additional races with Allmendinger.
Allmendinger, whose last Indy car competition was Oct. 21, 2006, at Surfers Paradise, Australia, nary missed a shift during a mid-March test day with Team Penske at Sebring International Raceway.
He wasn’t far off the lap times of new teammates Helio Castroneves and Will Power, and near the end of the afternoon session was simulating pit stops with the over-the-wall crew.
The former ChampCar series' competitor was a driver for Penske in the NASCAR Sprint Cup until he lost his driver following a positive drug test last year.
At the same time as my esteemed colleague was off driving the new 2015 WRX in the Californian sun, I was stuck at home in well-below-zero temperatures and snow behind the wheel of a '14 Subaru Impreza. While the two may seem worlds apart, they are borne of the same basic instincts, and that's saying something.