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09/20 2012

NASCAR Reinstates Allmendinger After Rehab

NASCAR Reinstates Allmendinger After Rehab
By David Scott

NASCAR has reinstated suspended driver AJ Allmendinger after he successfully completed the Road to recovery rehabilitation program.
Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR officials July 24 for violating the sanctioning body’s substance-abuse policy. He was subsequently released by Penske Racing.
Allmendinger had been suspended temporarily after failing a drug test taken in June in Kentucky. When he failed a backup – Sample B – test, he was suspended indefinitely.

“I want to thank everyone for their support through this entire process,” said Allmendinger in a prepared statement. “I appreciate that NASCAR created the the Road to Recovery program, and am grateful for the opportunity to return to competition.
“The Road to Recovery program was really helpful to me in getting my priorities reset away from the race track. And, honestly, that helped find my love of racing again and why I began racing in the first place. I’m looking forward to taking this experience and be better for it moving forward.”
Team owner Roger Penske said last weekend in Sonoma, Calif., that he would consider giving Allmendinger another chance.