In an exclusive interview with ESPN, suspended NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger said that he tested positive for Adderall, a prescription drug used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Allmendinger does not have ADHD, and therefore does not have a prescription for the amphetamine.
Per Allmendinger’s account of the details, he says that a friend gave him a pill before the Quaker State 400 race at Kentucky Speedway that his friend said was a workout supplement that would give him energy. He took it. Two days later, he was selected as part of a random drug test.
Allmendinger is currently participating in NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program, which, once completed, will allow him to be reinstated.
Since his suspension, he has been released by Penske Racing.
Ironically, Adderall is one of the medicines Jeremy Mayfield claimed caused his failed drug test back in 2009. Mayfield, however, said that his Adderall (which, he claimed, was when combined with over-the-counter Claritan, what caused him to fail his drug test) was prescribed for ADHD.