Dakoda Armstrong Joins Penske Racing Development Program
Continuing to build for the future of its NASCAR program, Penske Racing
announced today that promising young stock car racer Dakoda Armstrong has joined
the team's driver development initiative.
Armstrong, 18, joins 2009 Nationwide Series Rookie-of-the-Year contender Justin
Allgaier and current ARCA RE/MAX Series championship leader Parker Kligerman as
recent additions to the driver development program, helping to ensure that
Penske Racing's NASCAR teams are on solid ground for the future.
For the 2010 season, Armstrong will race in select ARCA RE/MAX Series events,
competing with the Cunningham Motorsports team.
"I am very excited to have the opportunity to compete in more ARCA races with
Cunningham Motorsports and I'm really looking forward to being part of the
Penske Racing organization," said Armstrong, who has raced in four ARCA RE/MAX
Series events this season. "I'm fortunate that the Penske Racing team has
decided to expand its driver development platform and I'm honored to be part of
A former karting and quarter-midget national champion from Newcastle, Ind.,
Armstrong won several sprint car and midget events in 2007 and 2008 before
making his stock car debut last season. He earned a top ARCA finish of sixth
earlier this year driving for Cunningham Motorsports at Iowa Speedway.
"Dakoda is another young driver who has shown that he has the potential, on and
off the track, to succeed in this sport," said Tim Cindric, President of Penske
Racing. "As Justin and Parker continue to progress, it makes sense for us to
bring Dakoda into the fold as we continue to position ourselves for the future."
Both Allgaier and Kligerman have produced strong results this season in the
Penske Racing driver development system, honing their skills in hopes of
reaching NASCAR's top division - the Sprint Cup Series - down the road. Allgaier
is the current NASCAR Nationwide Series rookie leader and is ranked fifth
overall in points with three top-five and nine top-10 finishes in the Penske
Racing Verizon Wireless Dodge Charger. Kligerman has enjoyed a breakout season
with five ARCA victories for Cunningham Motorsports as he continues to lead the
battle for the series championship.
Penske Racing is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional
sports. Competing in a variety of disciplines, cars owned and prepared by Penske
Racing have produced over 300 major race wins, over 350 poles and 22 National
This season, Penske Racing competes in the NASCAR Cup Series with former Cup
Series champion Kurt Busch and the No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge, former three-time
IndyCar Series champion Sam Hornish Jr. in the No. 77 Mobil 1 Dodge and David
Stremme in the No. 12 Penske Dodge. The team also competes in the Nationwide
Series with Allgaier, the 2008 ARCA RE/MAX Series champion, in the No. 12
Verizon Wireless Dodge.
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