MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger from the South Bay will compete in two IndyCar races this season including May's Indianapolis 500 with Roger Penske's team.

The Los Gatos-born Allmendinger will drive the No. 2 car, which will be sponsored by IZOD, at Indy and April 7 at Birmingham, Ala. A news conference is scheduled for Friday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The 31-year-old Allmendinger drove the first 17 races for Penske's Cup team last season before being suspended for violating the series' substance-abuse policy. He was reinstated following after completing NASCAR's Road to Recovery program.

South Bay native AJ Allmendinger has been hired to compete in two IndyCar races by Penske.
South Bay native AJ Allmendinger has been hired to compete in two IndyCar races by Penske. (Associated Press)

Allmendinger has strong ties to open-wheel racing. He won five times in 2006 in the now defunct Champ Car circuit and had 14 podium finishes in three years before moving to NASCAR.



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