More information has been released regarding what AJ Allmendinger tested positive for, according to Tara Ragan, his business manager and vp of Walldinger Racing, Inc. A statement released Wednesday provides what caused the positive test.
“In an effort to help our colleagues in the media report on this in a timely and accurate manner, we wanted to provide some additional details regarding AJ's sample “A” test results. AJ tested positive for a stimulant,” the statement said. “He has no idea why the first test was positive, and he has never knowingly taken any prohibited substance. AJ is collecting his medicines and supplements for testing to determine whether an over the counter product caused his positive test.
“AJ and all of us at Walldinger Racing respect NASCAR's testing program, and he has requested that his 'B sample be tested as part of the process of getting to the bottom of this. We will have the opportunity to review all of the scientific data surrounding the test following the 'B' sample test, but our understanding is that AJ's test was slightly above the threshold. As of this morning, we have not been given notice of when the testing of the 'B' sample will take place. Thanks again for all of the support of our fans, team, and sponsors as we continue working through the process.”
Allmendinger has been temporarily suspended from NASCAR competition and Penske Racing has once again enlisted Sam Hornish Jr. as his replacement for this weekend's race in Loudon, N.H.
Also a partner in the proposed MSR Indy venture that never actually turned a wheel per engine lease issues, Allmendinger had his Rolex Series team owner Michael Shank issue a statement in defense of his friend.
“First and foremost, AJ Allmendinger is a friend of mine – actually more like a brother,” Shank said in his statement. “I stand 100 percent behind him in this challenging time. He has stood behind me and been loyal to my team for 7 years even when we let him down he NEVER considered bailing on me and my team. I will certainly never leave him behind when tough times come for him.
"No matter what happens, he will stay my friend and continue to drive for me whenever possible. AJ, Tara, Molly and Skippy are part of our family here at MSR for what I hope is many years to come. I think everyone is looking forward to seeing him getting back on track, fast.”