After attempting a career comeback in 2013, opportunities are starting to open up for A.J. Allmendinger.
On Thursday, car owner of the No. 47 car Tad Geschicker confirmed to Motor Racing Network the JTG Daugherty Racing has made an offer to Allmendinger to become their new driver for the 2014 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season. If the deal does become finalized, Allmendinger would replace Bobby Labonte as the primary driver.
FoxSports.com first reported the story on Wednesday. They also made it known that the team has offered Labonte a position within the company after his contract expires this season.
As of now, Labonte has yet to reveal his future plans or if he will take up the offer.
Allmendinger has spent the entire 2013 season completing a comeback after he had been suspended by NASCAR in 2012. After losing his Cup Series ride with Penkse Racing, Allmendinger has been working on getting back to full-time racing. He completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program and has competed in not only NASCAR races in 2013, but IndyCar and Grand-Am as well.
Throughout the 2013 Cup Series season, Allmendinger has been working with JTG Daugherty in testing sessions as well as select Cup races. His next race in the No. 47 car happens to be the upcoming race weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway, which happens to be his fourth start of the year with the team.
With an offer from JTG Daugherty, Allmendinger’s comeback has given him the opportunity to once again compete full-time in the Cup Series. After working with several different teams throughout the year, this seems to be the opportunity Allmendinger can’t let pass by.
There are very little open seats in the Cup Series and there still are several drivers looking for their rides for 2014 and beyond. The deal between Allmendinger and JTGD has yet to be finalized, but if it does occur, it shouldn’t take very long to know his future plans.