Bobby Labonte will share the seat in the No. 47 JTG Daugherty Racing Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series with A.J. Allmendinger for the remainder of the 2013 race season, according to a release last week from JTG-Daugherty Racing. Allmendinger’s first race from behind the wheel of the No. 47 will be Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400 at Michigan International Speedway in Brooklyn. In all, Allmendinger is expected to drive the No. 47 in five Sprint Cup events.
“Bobby Labonte wanted to help our team grow and develop when he signed with our organization at the beginning of the 2011 season,” JTG Daugherty Racing co-owner Brad Daugherty said. “He continues to do a tremendous job for us. Bobby has given us his ideas for improving the product, and we believe A.J. will do the same.”
According the team press release, the decision to put Allmendinger in the car for select races was made with the hopes of helping the organization’s development of its Gen-6 race cars.
“A single-car team does not have the benchmarking capabilities of all the multi-car operations we compete against each weekend,” team Competition Director Bobby Hutchens said. “This move will help us identify where our cars stand so that we can go to work on the next generation of our car design.”
Allmendinger has been racing a partial Sprint Cup Series schedule, so far, this year from behind the wheel of the No. 51 Phoenix Racing Chevrolet while also racing part-time in the IZOD IndyCar Series for Team Penske. He has previously raced full-time at the NASCAR Sprint Cup level for teams including Penske Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Red Bull Racing.
“I have raced for Phoenix Racing some this year and feel confident I’ll be able to provide JTG Daugherty Racing with a good comparison,” Allmendinger said. “I’m thankful for this opportunity to work with the team and Bobby (Labonte).”
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