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AJ Allmendinger’s response to release from Penske Racing

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AJ Allmendinger released the following statement Wednesday after Penske Racing announced that it had released Allmendinger from the team following his indefinite suspension from NASCAR.

"Effective today, I have been released from Penske Racing as driver of the No. 22 Dodge Charger," Allmendinger said in the statement. "I wish to thank Mr. Penske, Penske Racing, their sponsors, and especially all the of the No. 22 team for the opportunity they provided me and for their support in this difficult time. I also, again, would like to thank all the fans that really have been awesome through this.

"I apologize for the distraction, embarrassment,  and difficulties that my current suspension from NASCAR has provided. As I stated last week, I have begun NASCAR's Road to Recovery program and look forward to using those resources and its completion to compete again in NASCAR in the near future."

Earlier Wednesday, Penske announced that Sam Hornish Jr. would be in the No. 22 for the foreseeable future. Allmendinger met with Penske officials on Tuesday in Detroit, where Penske informed him of his release.

Hornish, who ran full-time for Penske in the Sprint Cup Series from 2008-2010, has driven three races since Allmendinger's suspension before Daytona, and has finishes of 33rd, 22nd and 16th.

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