In his first public appearance since being suspended temporarily by officials from NASCAR, A.J. Allmendinger said he would not ever knowingly take any prohibited drug. Allmendinger failed a random test for drugs last weekend. On Tuesday he issued the statement 24 hours after Penske Racing officials and he requested the “B” sample be tested and to confirm the results of the first test.
Allmendinger apologized that the incident had cause problems and distractions for his racing team, his sponsors and most importantly his fans. He said he would never do anything that might jeopardize his opportunity to race on the Penske Racing team or that may jeopardize any fellow driver.
He also said his health and training was a top priority and he would never take any prohibited substances knowingly. NASCAR has a policy of not releasing the names of banned substances that are found during a testing process. Allmendinger is allowed to release the substance’s name, if he were to choose to.
The results of the second or “B” sample will take a few days before they are received by NASCAR. If the sample confirms the results of the first test then Allmendinger would be suspended indefinitely from racing with NASCAR. To drive again, he would then have to complete a reinstatement program.
If the “B” sample is returned with a negative result, which is very unlikely, then Allmendinger would be immediately reinstated. He told the press he fully respected the drug policy of NASCAR and the reasons behind it. He hopes the issue can be resolved very quickly so he can return to racing the No. 22.