AJ Allmendinger will not return to JTG Daugherty Racing in 2019.
Despite reportedly having two seasons left on his contract, the driver of the No. 47 for the team in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series will move elsewhere next year, the team announced Tuesday, Sept. 25.
“AJ Allmendinger has been a valuable asset to the growth of our company, and we are grateful for his professionalism with our brands and the passion he has shown for this race team over the years,” team co-owner Tad Geschickter said in a team release. “As hard as it may be, we’re moving in a different direction for the 2019 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season and will be parting ways at the end of this season. It’s not an easy decision and change is never easy. We wish him the very best in his endeavors and he will always be family to us.”
A replacement driver for Allmendinger has not been announced, though Ryan Preece has been rumored for the ride since earlier this year. Allmendinger has also not yet commented on the move as of press time and has not divulged his upcoming plans.
In 28 starts in 2018, Allmendinger has one top five and three top 10s. He started with the team full-time in 2014, winning one race that season, after driving part-time for the team in 2013.