AJ Allmendinger has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for failing a random drug test. Allmendinger had requested that his B sample be tested, following an announcement by NASCAR that he had tested postive for a banned substance.
What substance Allmendinger tested positive for is still unknown. Tara Ragan, the vice-president of Walldinger Racing, stated that the driver had tested positive for a “banned stimulant” which was “within nanograms of accepted standards.”
The next set of moves by Allmendinger may ultimately determine the future of his racing career.
If Allmendinger aggressively pursues NASCAR over the failed test many will quickly link him to Jermey Mayfield. Mayfield was suspended by NASCAR in July 2009 after testing positive for methamphetamine. Mayfield still claims he is innocent to this day but the reality is Mayfield’s days behind the wheel of a Sprint Cup car are long over. While this is an option for Allmendinger, it’s an unlikely one if he does desire to continue racing in NASCAR.
The other option for Allmendinger is to take responsibility. Allmendinger needs to state what drug he tested positive for if he ever expects to get back on the good side of public opinion. Thus far Allmendinger has indicated he will find out the reasons for his positive test.
Following the announcement of his failed test he posted on twitter. “Im sorry we even have to have this going on. But i promise ..i will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of this and get back our there no matter what. Thanks guys.
There is no problem in finding out the reasons for a failed drug test if you never intentionally took a banned substance. However, Allmendinger needs to take responsibility for the failed test. Intentional or not. Even if Allmendinger has no plans to continue a career in NASCAR he needs to complete it’s “road to recovery” program that will be outlined for him.
Sam Hornish has been named as the replacement driver for the #22 Dodge for the events at Indianapolis and Pocono. Hornish drove the car at Daytona and New Hampshire once Allmendinger was suspended.
By making the wrong moves Allmendinger will be classified as just another story of what could have been. If Allmendinger makes the right moves he has the ability to be an inspiration to all.