AJ Allmendinger has had a long week revolving around NASCAR.
Allmendinger released a statement on his official website concerning his suspension from NASCAR. In his statement Allmendinger says that he is working with NASCAR to take the steps necessary to get back to racing. Allmendinger also states that he has submitted his request for a ‘B’ sample.
“I have informed NASCAR that I have requested that the “B” sample be tested, following the steps according to NASCAR’s 2012 rule book regarding this situation,” said Allmendinger in his statement. “I fully respect NASCAR’s drug usage policy and the reasons they have it. I am hoping this can get resolved as quickly as possible so that I can get back to driving the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge.”
In the statement Allmendinger says that he is sorry about the failed substance abuse test and that he is sorry for his teammates, sponsors and all of the fans.
“I am sorry that this has caused such a distraction for my Penske Racing team, our sponsors and fans,” said Allmendinger. “Obviously I would never do anything to jeopardize my opportunity here at Penske Racing or to my fellow drivers. I am very conscious about my training and health and would never knowingly take a prohibited drug.”
Since his suspension was announced Saturday Allmendinger had 72 hours to request a second test, also known as the ‘B’ sample. Once the test results from the B sample are revealed it will determine Allmendinger’s future in NASCAR. He is temporarily suspended from all NASCAR competition.
Allmendinger is currently signed to a one year contract with Penske Racing. He took over in the No.22 Dodge when Kurt Busch departed Penske Racing. Allmendinger’s Penske teammate Sam Hornish Jr. is currently racing in the No. 22 Dodge for the race at New Hampshire. Hornish also drove for Allmendinger in Saturday night’s race at Daytona.