Penske Racing driver AJ Allmendinger has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR competition after his “B” sample was tested, and came back positive, according to NASCAR. The sanctioning body will provide Allmendinger with a letter outlining the path to reinstatement.
Allmendinger tested positive for a banned substance following the Sprint Cup Series race at Kentucky Speedway. He was temporarily suspended  minutes before the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. As per NASCAR rules, Allmendinger requested that his “B” sample be tested. When his “B” sample came back positive, his suspension became indefinite.
Following the second positive result, Allmendinger has been found in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.
Sam Hornish has replaced him in the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge, but there has been no word as to whether Hornish will continue to drive the car.
Update: Penske Racing issued a statement:
In accordance with NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy, Penske Racing was notified today of AJ Allmendinger’s positive B sample test. We respect NASCAR’s policy and the process they have taken with this matter. Penske Racing is very disappointed with the result of the B sample test and will evaluate its course of action as it pertains to AJ over the coming week. Sam Hornish Jr., will drive the #22 Dodge Charger this weekend at Indianapolis and next weekend at Pocono.
Tara Ragan, Vice President, Walldinger Racing Inc., also released a statement:
This was not the news we wanted to hear and we will work to get to the source of what may have caused this. To that end, we have secured the services of an independent lab to conduct thorough testing on every product within AJ’s home and motor coach to find what might collaborate with his test, which created results that were within nanograms of accepted standards. We are working closely with NASCAR and Penske Racing to identify the next action steps in this process. We continue to be extremely grateful by the breadth and scope of support for AJ from his fans and partners. We would like to again thank NASCAR, Penske Racing and all our sponsor partners for the open communication, and for helping us at every step in this process. We expect to have further updates in the upcoming days.
Shell Pennzoil also issued a statement:
We share Penske Racing’s disappointment with the result of AJ’s (Allmendinger) B sample test and will work closely with them to determine plans moving forward. We hope for the best for AJ during this difficult time.
Update 2: AJ Allmendinger’s camp has released a statement indicating that Allmendinger will begin NASCAR’s Road to Recovery Program immediately.
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