Penske fires Allmendinger

Penske Racing released a statement on Wednesday stating that A.J. Allmendinger has been released from driving duties for the No. 22 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series team. Allmendinger was recently suspended indefinitely from NASCAR competition per the sanctioning body’s substance abuse policy after testing positive for amphetamines.

“Penske Racing fully supports NASCAR’s substance abuse policy, and we are disappointed with A.J.’s positive drug test results,” team owner Roger Penske said. “A.J. is a terrific driver, a good person, and it is very unfortunate that we have to separate at this time. We have invested greatly in A.J., 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 A.J. begins NASCAR’s ‘Road to Recovery’ program, we wish him the best and look forward to seeing him compete again in NASCAR.”

Allmendinger last raced at Kentucky Speedway on June 30. He was temporarily suspended by NASCAR on July 7, just prior to the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway after his first sample testet positive. A “B” sample was then tested. Results from that test were also positive, resulting in an idefinite suspension last week.

Sam Hornish Jr., one of Penske Racing’s drivers in the Nationwide Series and a former Sprint Cup driver, has been driving the No. 22 Sprint Cup car since the Daytona race.

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