A.J. Allmendinger’s future with Penske Racing, and with NASCAR for that matter, is uncertain. NASCAR temporarily suspended Allmendinger prior to Saturday’s Coke Zero 400 Sprint Cup Series race after it was revealed that a sample he recently provided tested positive for a NASCAR-banned substance.
After being notified of the test result, Allmendinger was given 72 hours during which he could request that a second sample be tested. After that 72-hour period, NASCAR will decide on further action that could include indefinite suspension, pending Allmendinger’s participation in a drug rehabilitation program.
“NASCAR notified Penske Racing this afternoon that A.J. Allmendinger was administered a drug test earlier this week, and those results tested positive,” a statement from Penske Racing on Saturday said. “NASCAR has a strict drug testing program that Penske Racing fully supports. Penske Racing will work with NASCAR through this process and its next steps.”
After being notified of Allmendinger’s suspension, Penske Racing called on its Nationwide Series regular driver Sam Hornish Jr. to make a return trip to Daytona to fill-in behind the wheel of the No. 22. Hornish had already returned home to North Carolina following Friday night’s Nationwide race at the track.
Hornish arrived in Daytona minutes before the green flag on Saturday and raced the No. 22 to a 33rd-place finish.
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