NASCAR announced on Tuesday that driver A.J. Allmendinger has been reinstated following completion of the sanctioning body’s Road to Recovery program. Allmendinger, formerly driver of the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge, was temporarily suspended prior to the Coke Zero 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway in early July after failing a NASCAR-mandated drug test. After a second sample provided by Allmendinger tested positive for amphetamines, the temporary suspension turned into an indefinite one later in the month.
After being suspended indefinitely, Allmendinger claimed that he tested positive after unknowingly taking Adderall, an amphetamine. He said that a tablet was given to him by a friend of a friend and he was told that it would help with his energy level. Allmendinger said he took the pill without really knowing what it was.
Allmendinger was fired by Penske Racing following the announcement of the indefinite suspension. No announcement has been made regarding a ride for Allmendinger for the remainder of the 2012 season or 2013. Sam Hornish Jr., driver of the No. 12 entry in the Nationwide Series for Penske Racing, has been filling in behind the wheel of the No. 22 since Allmendinger’s suspension. Joey Logano has signed on to drive the No. 22 next year.
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