NASCAR AJ Allmendinger Driver Needs Drug Class

by: Mike Miller

In a follow up to a previous blog on AJ Allmendinger, it looks as though NASCAR has acted as usual – very firmly. They have suspended Allmendinger indefinitely and forced him onto their substance abuse program.

A sign that he is ready to get back into racing, Allmendinger will immediately start NASCAR's substance-abuse recovery program. He is smart to avoid challenging the accuracy of a failed drug test. This as reported in

All that officials know at this point is that he tested positive for a stimulant. What type of amphetamine has yet to be determined.

As a driver for Penske racing, there is still a better chance than even that the team will drop Allemendinger.

 Allmendinger is the second Sprint Cup Series driver suspended under the tightened policy implemented in 2009. Jeremy Mayfield was the first driver, and he unsuccessfully sued to have the results overturned. Court documents showed that Mayfield tested positive for methamphetamine.

The team said Sam Hornish Jr. will drive the No. 22 car this weekend at Indianapolis and next weekend at Pocono. Hornish has filled in for Allmendinger in the past two Sprint Cup Series races.

I hope Allmendinger takes a drug class to help educate himself on drugs in general and to learn the psychology on how best to prevent a relapse.