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Allmendinger tests positive for amphetamines

Wed 25th, July 2012

Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - A.J. Allmendinger's business manager, Tara Ragan, confirmed to multiple media outlets on Wednesday that the suspended NASCAR driver tested positive for amphetamines.

Ragan's disclosure of the unspecified substance comes one day after Allmendinger was indefinitely suspended from NASCAR competition when his "B" sample urine test came up positive and therefore violated NASCAR's substance abuse policy.

Allmendinger, 30, had been placed on temporary suspension since July 7, the date of the 400-mile Sprint Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway, for failing his initial test which he took the prior weekend when the series competed at Kentucky Speedway.

On Tuesday, Allmendinger had his "B" sample tested at the Aegis Analytical Laboratories in Nashville, Tenn. Aegis is the administrator of NASCAR's drug testing program. A designated independent toxicologist was present on Allmendinger's behalf. After his second sample turned up positive, NASCAR provided Allmendinger a letter outlining a process for reinstatement by participating in the sport's "Road to Recovery Program."

NASCAR has a policy of not revealing the actual substance.

"There are things that we know that it's not, but the way that these reports are broken down, I know there's been a lot of questions about that, and it's not being evasive," Ragan said during an interview with Speed television on Wednesday night. "I know people have said it's kind of secretive. It's just a process we're all trying to learn and be respectful of that process but also try to read the report. But there are things we know that it's not. We haven't been informed yet of what it is."

Ragan noted during the interview that tests ruled out cocaine, ecstasy and methamphetamine.

Earlier Wednesday, Ragan released a statement that Allmendinger will participate in the recovery program, starting immediately.

"We fully support the program, and as more details become available, we will share them," she stated.

Allmendinger publicly commented on his indefinite suspension with a post on his Twitter account late Tuesday night.

"I just wanted to say thank you first and foremost for all (of) you sticking by me," he tweeted. "I'm sorry we even have to have this going on. But I promise I will do whatever it takes to get to the bottom of this and get back our there...Thanks guys."

It's not known how long Allmendinger's program will last. It could take up to six months.

"We're very pleased that A.J. Allmendinger has chosen to participate in the NASCAR Road to Recovery Program," NASCAR spokesperson David Higdon said in a statement. "It's designed, as proven, to provide a roadmap leading to a return to competition, and we wish him the best of luck. As we have with other competitors, we look forward to the day when the program administrator recommends him for reinstatement."

Penske Racing has revealed that Sam Hornish Jr. will drive the No. 22 Dodge in place of Allmendinger in this weekend's race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and next week's event at Pocono Raceway. Hornish, who is a full-time driver for Penske in the Nationwide Series, has substituted for Allmendinger in the No. 22 car since Daytona.

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