BRISTOL, Tenn. – Roger Penske said hes taking his time deciding who will drive his No. 22 car next season.
Penske released AJ Allmendinger after his failed drug test, and Sam Hornish Jr. has been driving the car since Daytona in July. But the search continues for a full-time solution.
Weve got a lot of races left and weve really got to take a look at all the options until we get to the final decision, Penske said before Saturday nights race at Bristol Motor Speedway.
You just dont make a decision like this. Sams running well, weve got sponsors, weve got to decide if we want to have three cars next year or two.
Penske fields two cars right now but has room to expand providing he had the sponsorship for additional teams.
Joey Logano, in the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing, has been mentioned repeatedly as a strong candidate for the ride.
Hes obviously a candidate, Penske said. But theres other good people, too, that people havent talked about yet. Theres always a couple of rabbits.
Penske declined to name any other drivers, but said Hornish is absolutely still a candidate.
Meanwhile, Matt Kenseth said he expected to announce where hell drive within the next two weeks.
Kenseth and Roush Fenway Racing said in June they were splitting at the end of the season, and Kenseth has had his new job lined up since then. Hes believed to be going to JGR to replace Logano, but has been restricted from revealing his 2013 team.