|Allmendinger awaits test results|
Allmendinger confirmed that today, saying in a written statement, “I have requested that the "B" sample be tested, following the steps according to NASCAR’s 2012 rule book regarding this situation. I fully respect NASCAR's drug usage policy and the reasons they have it. I am hoping this can get resolved as quickly as possible so that I can get back to driving the No. 22 Penske Racing Dodge. I am sorry that this has caused such a distraction for my Penske Racing team, our sponsors and fans. Obviously I would never do anything to jeopardize my opportunity here at Penske Racing, or my fellow drivers. I am very conscious about my training and health and would never knowingly take a prohibited drug."
Sources speaking on the condition of anonymity confirm that the test was conducted late yesterday at Aegis’ Atlanta headquarters, with Allmendinger, his attorney and a toxicologist of his choosing in attendance to monitor the proceedings.
Results are expected to be available within the next 24-48 hours, and Penske said he and his team are “standing behind (Allmendinger) until we understand the results. I can't say today what that is going to be.” He said he has not spoken with his driver since he was temporarily suspension broke Saturday, but will await results of the second urinalysis before making any decisions about his driver’s future.
"We have a one-year contract with him (and) we'll have to assess the situation,” he said. “We'll look at the details… and make our move accordingly. At this point, it would be way premature for me to speculate what we might do.
"He's a very good guy,” said Penske. “I hate to see this. I'm more concerned about the individual than I am the circumstance. Long term, one way or another, he's a fighter. He's a good race driver and I'm sure he'll be fine. This is a speed bump that neither of us contemplated, and we have to deal with it professionally."
Penske vowed that he will not allow his team to become distracted by Allmendinger’s troubles, saying, “We've got to focus on our team and NASCAR. We've got good momentum (and) we've got to finish out this season strong.”
He also confirmed that Sam Hornish, Jr., will return to the seat of the No. 22 Shell-Pennzoil Dodge this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.