AJ Allmendinger returns to full-time NASCAR competition in 2021, driving in the Xfinity Series for Kaulig Racing, the team announced Dec. 1.
Allmendinger will drive the No. 16, which he competed in part time in 2020 for the organization.
The news comes after Allmendinger retired from full-time driving in 2018.
“As a part-time driver for Kaulig Racing in the Xfinity series, I have really enjoyed working with all the women and men in the organization these past two years,” Allmendinger said in a team release. “The love of showing up to NASCAR races has returned for me, and I truly have enjoyed myself on and off the racetrack. It starts with Matt Kaulig and Chris Rice. I can’t thank them enough for giving me a call at the start of 2019 and offering me races that continued into 2020. More than anything, I have really loved being part of the team and watching the growth of the organization, and because of that, the opportunity to come back full time in 2021 was something I just could not pass up.”
— Kaulig Racing (@KauligRacing) December 1, 2020
In two part-time seasons with Kaulig, Allmendinger has won three races and scored eight top fives and 10 top 10s in just 16 starts.
Kaulig’s announcement did not specify if it plans to field a part-time fourth team in Xfinity in 2021. It’s already announced plans to have a part-time entry in the Cup Series in 2021 as it gears up for a potential full-time move into the series in 2022.