AJ Allmendinger to enter recovery program

Wednesday July 25th, 2012

NASCAR's AJ Allmendinger agreed to enter a recovery program after failing a drug test. (Jerry Markland/Getty Images)

NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger said Wednesday he will enter a recovery program immediately so he can be re-instated to racing as soon as possible, reports ESPN.com.

Allmendinger was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR after his "B" sample urine test supported an original test that violated NASCAR's substance abuse policy. He will enter into NASCAR's Road to Recovery program. Most programs run five months or longer, which could effectively end Allmendinger's season.

"While we await further information from testing to determine the cause [of the positive test], we have notified NASCAR that AJ will participate in the Road to Recovery program starting immediately,'' said Tara Ragan, Allmendinger's business manager. "As we have stated earlier, we respect NASCAR's drug testing policies. They are first and foremost in place to protect drivers and AJ being among those."
Allmendinger said last week that the positive test was for a stimulant that could have been the result of a supplement or over-the-counter drug he was using. Allmendinger signed a one-year deal with Penske Racing before the season and no decision has been made about his status for next season.

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