According to multiple sources, including ESPN, FOX Sports and USA Today, Allmendinger has accepted a three-year deal from JTG-Daugherty Racing to drive the No. 47 Toyota in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series full-time, beginning in 2014. No official announcement has been made.
Allmendinger will replace Bobby Labonte, who began driving the No. 47 in 2011. Labonte began the 2013 season as the full-time driver of the car, but recently, Labonte and Allmendinger have been sharing seat time in the ride. In all, Allmendinger is slated to drive the No. 47 in five races this year.
Allmendinger lost his last full-time ride in 2012 after failing a NASCAR-mandated drug test in June of that season. He was in his first year behind the wheel of the No. 22 at Penske Racing at the time. During a NASCAR suspension following the failed drug test, Allmendinger completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program and returned to drive part-time for Phoenix Racing.
In 2013, Allmendinger has patched together partial racing schedules in IndyCar and in NASCAR’s Sprint Cup and Nationwide series. In two Nationwide Series starts, he has two wins, claiming victories at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Those are his only two NASCAR wins.
Allmendinger is slated to drive the No. 47 car in Sunday’s AdvoCare 500 Sprint Cup Series race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. An formal announcement is expected to be made at the track on Sunday.
Labonte was originally scheduled to drive the No. 51 for Phoenix Racing at Atlanta, but will miss the race after suffering three broken ribs in a bicycle accident on Wednesday.
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