After NASCAR outlined the steps necessary for suspended driver AJ Allmendinger to be reinstated following the second positive test result for a stimulant, his manager Tara Ragan confirmed Wednesday that the Penske Racing driver will participate in NASCAR's Road to Recovery program, as specified in the Sprint Cup rule book.
“While we await further information from testing to determine the cause, we have notified NASCAR that AJ will participate in the Road to Recovery Program starting immediately,” Ragan, vice president, Walldinger Racing Inc., said in a statement. “As we have stated earlier, we respect NASCAR's drug testing policies. They are first and foremost in place to protect drivers and AJ being among those. We fully support the program, and as more details become available, we will share them. We would like to personally thank Mr. [Mike] Helton and John Bobo for helping worked through this in an expeditious manner.”
Penske Racing president Tim Cindric backed Allmendinger's decision to work with NASCAR to make his return as swift as possible.
"You never give up hope, in term's of AJ's situation," he said. "The best thing that he can do is to continue what he is doing, and work with NASCAR to understand what process and what steps he needs to take to be reinstated in the Cup garage.
"I think that's where his priority needs to be right now. We as an organization are certainly very sympathetic to the situation that AJ's going through."