Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Allmendinger "Has No Idea" Why He Failed Drug Test

AJ Allmendinger
AJ Allmendinger’s longtime business manager issued a written statement today, repeating the driver’s assertion that he has never knowing taken any substance on NASCAR’s list of banned substances.

Tara Ragan, Vice President of Allmendinger’s Walldinger Racing, revealed that the Penske Racing driver, “tested positive for a stimulant” in a screening conducted more than a week ago at Kentucky Speedway, but did not identify the specific substance involved. “He has no idea why the first test was positive,” said Ragan, “and he has never knowingly taken any prohibited substance. AJ is collecting his medicines and supplements for testing to determine whether an over the counter product caused his positive test.”

She said Allmendinger “respect(s) NASCAR's testing program, and he has requested that his "B" sample be tested as part of the process of getting to the bottom of this. We will have the opportunity to review all of the scientific data surrounding the test following the "B" sample test, but our understanding is that AJ's test was slightly above the threshold.”

She said the driver has not been told when his “B” sample will be tested.


  1. That makes me feel a lot better about the situation. I honestly sort of expected an illegal drug.

    If this all boils down to an 'energy suppliment' and it nearly ruined his career then it is a darn shame!

  2. Anonymous2:44 PM

    We know we put in our bodies.....he knew!

    1. dbltop7:36 PM

      I don't believe it!!! Anybody could spike his drinks or food!

  3. I fully believe every word Tara said, and stand by my good friend. AJ is one of the most health conscious people I know. His entire life has been built around being a race car driver, he would never do anything to jeopardize that.

  4. Anonymous3:42 PM

    If they find out it was a combination of something AJ has consumed but is not illegal separately, will he be ok? I believe AJ would not ever do anything to harm himself health wise or career wise. His wife is a Doctor. No way would she let him even if he wanted. lol

    If it is energy bars/drinks, how will that affect the fact that energy drinks sponsor nascar?

  5. matt M3:52 PM

    This happened to a Canadian Olypian 10-15years ago after she won gold in rowing. She tested positive for a stimulant, it turns out the banned item was in a common cold medicine she bought in a drug store

  6. Geosez4:24 PM

    For those wondering about the difference in the "A" results and the "B" results, my physician husband says the "A" test just says something is amiss. The "B" test gets specific. We're among those hoping the Dinger makes it through.

  7. Anonymous12:22 AM

    Anyone else get the feeling this is going to end badly...Seems kind of desperate when I read that AJ is collecting his medicines and supplements for testing to determine whether an over the counter product caused his positive test. NASCAR certainly doesn't seem to be in a big rush to expedite this process. I read somewhere that AJ loves being a race car driver and he would never do anything to jeopardize that. Well he already did that when he got that DUI.

  8. Dipship11:39 AM

    Please explain something, First, Why does NASCAR use the urine test ? Why not use the hair test, it's the most accurate test. Second, If I were AJ I would request, or have my own hair test done, the hair test can show up to 12 months of history of any drug use. If I were clean, as AJ professes, thats what I would do

  9. Anonymous5:46 PM

    The vast majority of these energy drinks and "shots" are NOT regulated by the FDA, and therefore not obligated to list the ingredients on the label. Given the popularity of these products, it's entirely possible that a mass testing of every driver and crew member would produce a shocking amount of positive test results.