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Allmendinger Suspended Indefinitely

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, July 24 2012

A.J. Allmendinger is suspended indefinitely. (RacinToday/HHP file photo by Christa L Thomas)

AJ Allmendinger, driver of the No. 22 car in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been suspended indefinitely from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy.

On Tuesday evening, NASCAR announced that, “Allmendinger was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (NASCAR’s substance abuse policy) of the 2012 NASCAR rule book.

“As outlined in the rule book, NASCAR next will provide Allmendinger a letter outlining a process for reinstatement. By agreeing to the letter, he will be allowed to participate in the Road to Recovery Program.”

On Wedneday, Allmendinger’s business manager said that the driver has opted to enter NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program.

Word of the suspension comes after the Penske Racing driver’s “B sample” was confirmed as positive Tuesday.

Allmendinger posted the following on Twitter: “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.”

The following statement was issued by Penske Racing: 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 was originally suspended prior to the Sprint Cup race at Daytona on the July Fourth weekend because his “A sample” tested positive for a stimulant after the Kentucky race on June 30.

After his A sample tested positive after Kentucky, NASCAR temporarily suspended Allmendinger.

| , RacinToday.com Tuesday, July 24 2012
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