Monday, September 17, 2012

Penske: Allmendinger Awaits NASCAR Reinstatement

AJ Allmendinger has reportedly completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery program, and now waits – somewhat patiently – for NASCAR to rule on his request for reinstatement.

Allmendinger was suspended by the sanctioning body on July 7 after failing a random substance abuse test for what was later revealed to be Adderall. He later admitted taking the drug after being offered an unspecified pill by a “friend of a friend” to combat fatigue.
Now, the former Penske Racing driver appears primed for a return. He surfaced at the IndyCar season finale at California’s Auto Club Speedway last weekend at the request of his former boss, Roger Penske.  While Allmendinger did not speak to reporters, Penske said his former driver completed NASCAR’s Road to Recovery three weeks ago.
“I wanted AJ to come out,” said Penske at the track. “I wanted him to get some visibility because he’s a good guy.” Penske also said there could be a spot for Allmendinger on his 2013 IndyCar roster, if sponsorship and other circumstances come together. The team has yet to resign Ryan Briscoe for next season, as teammate to 2012 title contender Will Power.
The California native had a highly successful career in open wheel racing, winning five races in 15 starts on the now-defunct CART circuit in 2006 before turning his attention to NASCAR.
Penske said Allmendinger “would certainly be someone we’ll think about” for a 2013 IndyCar seat, but stopped short of making a verbal commitment. He said Allmendinger is upbeat about his chances of returning to motorsports, and anxious to return to the cockpit of a race car as soon as possible.
There is no word on when NASCAR will act on his request for reinstatement, Allmendinger was unavailable for comment.
Photo: Todd Warshaw/Getty Images


  1. AJ has completed NASCAR's Road to Recovery program already? I thought I heard this program takes a good 5 months, not 2 months? Well I guess its in NASCAR's hands now.

  2. Anonymous1:22 PM

    i guess that source aka media was wrong

  3. Anonymous1:50 PM

    Kudos to Mr. Penske, a class act.

  4. Remember its nascars sandbox, probably also depends on what the abuse was that detirmines length of program

  5. Penske is Far from a class act. He dumps Dodge, reliable, produces power, good gas millage, gave him whatever he wanted, for a couple of million bucks from Ford and turns NASCAR upside down losing a manufacturer because he didn't have the courtesy to give Dodge a heads up sooner, FIRES AJ for failing a drug test (corporate America gives second chances, apparently Mr. Class Act doesn't) and basks in the winner's circle with Brad?

    He's not a favorite in my book.

  6. Mec110258@gmail.com7:41 PM

    Its nice to see someone want to better their life..I hope the best foe AJ