NASCAR Reinstates A.J. Allmendinger
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – NASCAR announced Tuesday it has reinstated suspended driver A.J. Allmendinger.
Allmendinger successfully completed NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program. Allmendinger was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR on July 24 for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.
“I want to thank everyone for their support through this entire process,” said Allmendinger in a statement. “I appreciate that NASCAR created the the Road to Recovery program, and am grateful for the opportunity to return to competition. The Road to Recovery program was really helpful to me in getting my priorities reset away from the race track. And, honestly, that helped find my love of racing again and why I began racing in the first place. I’m looking forward to taking this experience and be better for it moving forward.”
Allmendinger took a random drug test at Kentucky Speedway on June 30 and was informed prior to the July 7 Coke Zero 400 at Daytona Int’l Speedway that his “A” sample had tested positive for a banned substance and was immediately suspended from NASCAR.
He later requested that his “B” sample, taken on the same day as his “A” sample, be tested. That sample also failed and he was promptly suspended by NASCAR.
On Aug. 1 Penske Racing cut ties with Allmendinger, who had been hired earlier this year to drive the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Joey Logano has since been hired to drive the No. 22 for the 2013 season. Sam Hornish, Jr. will drive the No. 22 for the remainder of 2012.