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Penske Says He Is Willing to Re-Hire Allmendinger

Roger Penske [1]Roger Penske says that he would consider re-hiring AJ Allmendinger, assuming the driver completes NASCAR’s “Road to Recovery” program.

Penske says, he feels Allmendinger has been too reclusive as he completes the program. So, Allmendinger attended the IZOD IndyCar Series finale.

He said:

I told AJ I wanted him to come to a race; I think he had been kind of undercover for quite a bit of the time, and I thought it would be good for him to get out and see people here, talk to some of the team owners. … I think hopefully we’ll get some answer from NASCAR as quickly as possible because the Chase has started now, hopefully they’ll give him a clean bill of health and he can move on. This is a speed bump in his career, but he’s certainly an option for people on the NASCAR side and the Indy side. He did a great job when you think about what he did in Champ Car.

When asked if he would hire Almmendinger, Penske said:

He could be an option for us, for sure.

While Penske may be willing to re-hire Allmendinger, a sponsor would have to be willing to sponsor him, which may make a return to NASCAR difficult, if not impossible.

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