UPDATE 2: Kaulig and [team president Chris] Rice made their Cup Series debut as an organization in February with a 13th place finish in the Daytona 500 with Justin Haley. The team intends to enter all the superspeedway and road course races next season with the goal of going full-time in 2022...
Kaulig Racing is expanding to a three-car Xfinity Series operation with the announcement that AJ Allmendinger will compete for the team full-time next year.
Allmendinger will drive the No. 16 Chevrolet in what will be his first full season in the Xfinity Series. He’s made 27 starts in the series since 2007. Sponsorship for Allmendinger was not announced.
AJ Allmendinger’s return adds to loaded 2021 Xfinity Series
With some drivers publicly stating they’d rather spend another year in the Xfinity Series instead of running one season in Cup with the current car before the Next Gen car debuts in 2022, the Xfinity Series looks to have one of its deepest fields of drivers next season.
“It’s not easy, by any means, just to run inside that top eight or nine every weekend,” Allmendinger said Tuesday. “It’s a difficult challenge. That’s what I love about it. It’s not easy. It’s our job to go out there and keep getting better.
“You look at the race teams that are involved, the Gibbs and Penskes and Stewart-Haas. You’ve got JR Motorsports that is associated with Hendrick Motorsports. RCR. It’s a lot of Cup teams that are part of this Xfinity Series. You’ve got a lot of young drivers that are really good. It’s not going to be easy, but that’s what I love about it.