2011 RESULTS 0 wins, 1 top five, 10 top 10s
2012 OUTLOOK He has never won a Cup race, but improved equipment could change that for the sixth-year driver.
AFTER struggling on second-tier race teams for the past five seasons, Allmendinger will get his dream opportunity in 2012. Shortly after Kurt Busch left Penske Racing in December, owner Roger Penske signed Allmendinger to pilot the number 22 Dodge—one of the most coveted seats in the Cup series. Allmendinger, who last season finished 15th overall while driving for Richard Petty Motorsports, is widely considered in the garage to be an elite talent. In '06 he won five races in the Champ Car World Series—he came in third in the final standings—and last year, despite average equipment, he had 22 top 15 runs. Look for the 30-year-old Allmendinger to be the breakout driver of the season.