Continuing his racing rebound after a failed drug test, A.J. Allmendinger was hired to drive in two IndyCar races for Team Penske this year, including the Indianapolis 500 on May 26.
Penske announced Friday that Allmendinger, a 31-year-old Los Gatos, Calif., native, also would drive April 7 in the IndyCar race at the Barber Motorsports Park road course in Birmingham, Ala.
The move "means more than anything I could have imagined," Allmendinger said at a news conference at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. "I'm ready to go."
Penske's other IndyCar drivers are three-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves and Australian Will Power.
Allmendinger formerly raced open-wheel cars in the old Champ Car World Series from 2004 to '06, then switched to NASCAR stock-car racing.