A.J Allmendinger’s B sample has come back positive for a banned substance. Allmendinger’s failed drug test occurred during the weekend of the June 30th race at Kentucky Speedway.
Penske Racing released the following statement on it’s website:
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 No. 22 Dodge Charger this weekend at Indianapolis and next weekend at Pocono.
Throughout the weeks little was known for why Allmendinger failed his drug test. Last Wednesday the VP of Walldinger Racing, Tara Ragan provided a statement that it was for a banned stimulant and that the 30 year old driver was collecting medicines and supplements to determine if an over the counter product caused the positive test.
Sam Hornish was flown into Daytona to compete in the Coke Zero 400 in place of Allmendinger and later competed in the Sprint Cup race in New Hampshire. It remains unclear if Hornish will take over the #22 ride indefinitely or if he will simply drive it when his Nationwide schedule allows. Hornish is currently running the full NASCAR Nationwide schedule in the #12 Penske Dodge.
Under NASCAR rules Allmendinger is indefinitely suspended and will have to take part and complete it’s Road to Recovery program.
Allmendinger was in his 6th season at the Sprint Cup level. He signed a one year deal with Penske Racing over the winter after that team parted ways with Kurt Busch.