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Penske Racing Releases AJ Allmendinger

Penske Racing has decided to part ways with driver AJ Allmendinger.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Penske Racing that Allmendinger has been released as te driver of the No.22 Dodge in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. A statement was released by Penske Racing supporting their descision.

“Penske Racing fully supports NASCAR’s substance abuse policy and we are disappointed  with AJ’s positive drug test results,” said team owner Roger Penske. “AJ is a terrific driver, a good person and it is very unfrunate that we have to separate at this time.”

The decision to release Allmendinger was not the way team owner Roger Penske wanted the one year relationship to end. Penske says he handled the situation the way it should have been and wishes Allmendinger the best in his future.

“We have invested greatly in AJ and we were confident in his success with our team. The decision to dismiss him is consistent with how we would treat any other Penske Racing team member under similar circumstances. As AJ begins NASCAR’s ‘Road to Recovery’ program, we wish him the best and look forward to seeing him compete again in NASCAR.”

The decision for Penske Racing and Allmendinger to part ways comes months after the team signed Allmendinger to replace Kurt Busch. Busch and Penske parted ways at the end of the 2011 season.

Heading into the race weekend at Pocono Raceway,  Sam Hornish Jr will continue to drive the No.22 Dodge. Penske plans to have Hornish drive more races in the remainder of the cup season. Penske Racing will evaluate all its options for the 2013 cup season for the No.22 team.

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