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A NASCAR driver’s announcement means spending extra time on track at Daytona Jerry Markland / Stringer

After taking a year off, one NASCAR driver will be making his way back to the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

AJ Allmendinger, the 2012 Rolex 24 champion, will return to the endurance race after a one year hiatus. He will be suiting up for Michael Shank Racing, whom he has raced for from 2014-16, according to NBC Sports.

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“I am pumped to be back racing for Shank in the (Rolex) 24,” Allmendinger said via a press release. “I missed the race last year and I hated to, so I?m really glad to be back.”

“His whole team did an awesome job with the Acura last year and it is awesome to be back with him for the Rolex,” Allmendinger added.

Allmendinger will share the duties in the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 in the GTD class with Justin Marks, Lawson Aschenbach and Mario Farnbacher.

After a 2017 Monster Energy Cup season that saw him place 27th in the standings, with only one top-5 finish and five top-10’s, maybe a good showing in the Rolex 24 will give him a boost in morale heading into the 2018 season.

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