The results of the July 24 drug test of A.J. Allmendinger's B sample have been confirmed and are positive. The testing center found that the results matched the A sample that showed a stimulant. This means that Allmendinger has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR, and I think he will face a struggle trying to return.
Although NASCAR has not revealed the type of drug involved in the testing, it has confirmed that A.J. Allmendinger's B sample was positive and matched the A sample. NASCAR stated that he violated the "substance abuse policy" and was suspended indefinitely. The type of stimulant found in the test results has not been announced.
A.J. Allmendinger's manager has made it clear that the driver will be pursuing this issue and trying to determine the source of the positive test result. She announced that they have "secured the services of an independent lab to conduct thorough testing on every product within AJ's home and motor coach" and that his results "were within nanograms of accepted standards." Although NASCAR has already issued a suspension, it seems that Allmendinger plans to fight it. Comparisons to former driver Jeremy Mayfield who lost his ride after testing positive for methamphetamine have been prevalent among fans. It is also important to note that Mayfield was never able to reverse his suspension despite multiple lawsuits.
A Response from A.J. Allmendinger
A.J. Allmendinger previously maintained his silence while Penske Racing and his manager provided information to the media. However, on July 24, he returned to his Twitter account to post a statement. He posted that they plan "to get to the bottom of this" and thanked his fans for their support. I think it is clear that he plans to fight the suspension.
The Future for Allmendinger
A.J. Allmendinger is facing a difficult struggle that has jeopardized his entire career in NASCAR. Currently, he is suspended indefinitely by NASCAR, and his ride with Penske Racing will go to another driver. I believe that Penske will probably continue to use Sam Hornish Jr. as a replacement. NASCAR has shared that Allmendinger could take part in the Road to Recovery Program to remove his suspension. However, rumors claim that it may take a year or longer to satisfy the program's requirements, so Allmendinger would not have an easy process.
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Growing up in Indiana, Lana developed a love for motorsports at an early age. She follows NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One. Follow @Lana_Bandoim on Twitter.
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