Aegis Analytical Laboratories in Nashville has delivered the results of the “B” sample test for Penske Racing driver AJ Allmendinger, which confirmed the results of the “A” test. Allmendinger is now on indefinite, rather than temporary, suspension from NASCAR as a result.
NASCAR has yet to announce the substance that caused the positive result. Allmendinger's management team confirmed following the "A" sample test result that it was a stimulant.
“This was not the news we wanted to hear and we will work to get to the source of what may have caused this,” Tara Ragan, vice president, Walldinger Racing Inc. and Allmendinger's business manager, said in a statement. “To that end, we have secured the services of an independent lab to conduct thorough testing on every product within AJ's home and motor coach to find what might collaborate with his test, which created results that were within nanograms of accepted standards.
"We are working closely with NASCAR and Penske Racing to identify the next action steps in this process. We continue to be extremely grateful by the breadth and scope of support for AJ from his fans and partners. We would like to again thank NASCAR, Penske Racing and all our sponsor partners for the open communication, and for helping us at every step in this process. We expect to have further updates in the upcoming days.”
Penske Racing released a statement of its own regarding the outcome.
“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.”
Allmendinger expressed his own view on the matter via a series of posts on his Twitter feed:
"I just want to say thank you first and foremost for all [of you] sticking by me. ... It means more than [you will] ever know," he wrote. "I'm 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 [out] there no matter what."
In accordance with NASCAR's Sprint Cup rule book, Allmendinger will next receive a letter from NASCAR outlining the terms and conditions for his potential reinstatement. Assuming he agrees to participate, the following step would be further medical examination or treatment, according to NASCAR's Road to Recovery program. A program administrator would then work with Allmendinger to coordinate a plan that can include substance abuse counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation. There is no set timeline for the length of the program, which is tailored to the individual involved.
Allmendinger would also have to undergo additional drug testing. His program administrator would determine how often he would be tested, and for what substances, and under what conditions. The additional testing would be at Allmendinger's expense. If Allmendinger successfully completes the plan, the program administrator would send a letter to NASCAR recommending reinstatement.