On Saturday before the Coke Zero 400, Bay Area NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger failed a pre-race substance abuse test and was pulled from the Sprint Cup Series race. Pending an appeal, Allmendinger could be suspended indefinitely.
SB Nation's Jeff Gluck brings us the transcript of an interview with Roger Penske that appeared on SPEED Network on Sunday night. The owner of Penske Racing had this to say about the situation:
Robin Miller: RP, you flew in from Europe last night and got some unfortunate news ...
Roger Penske: Well, yes it's unfortunate, obviously, when you come back ... and we're having such a good season ... to have a disappointment like that with AJ.
You know, there's still some time. He's got another test they have to look at this next week and then we'll make a decision. Obviously, we support the NASCAR program of drug-free drivers, mechanics and crew members and we need to abide by that.
To me, it's a big speed bump for us, but at the end of the day, we've had situations before that we've had to deal with and we're going to be professional, we are going to support the sport and we don't want to let our sponsors down. At this point, we'll just wait and see.
Obviously this is a big blow to the team, but a bigger blow to Allmendinger himself. More details will certainly be coming out in the next couple of days, as Allmendinger has 72 hours from Saturday to request that his "B" sample be tested in appeal.
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