Driver's 'B' sample test set for July 24
The test on AJ Allmendinger's "B" sample has been scheduled for next week, the driver's management team said Tuesday.
AJ ALLMENDINGER SUSPENDED
Allmendinger is serving a temporary suspension levied by NASCAR after his "A" sample tested positive for what he has since confirmed was a stimulant. Allmendinger's test was taken June 29 at Kentucky Speedway and he was suspended July 7 after the results were received by NASCAR.
Team owner Roger Penske said Sunday the team is awaiting results of the second test before considering future steps. Sam Hornish Jr. filled in for Allmendinger for Sprint Cup races at Daytona and New Hampshire the past two weeks. The series is idle this weekend.
The test on Allmendinger's "B" sample is scheduled for 9 a.m. ET Tuesday, July 24. The test will be conducted by Aegis Analytical Laboratories in Nashville.
"Pursuant to the 2012 NASCAR Rulebook and in line with the procedures, we have elected to have a designated independent toxicologist present on AJ’s behalf," Tara Ragan, Allmendinger's business manager, said in a statement. "Along with everyone else, we are looking forward to hearing the results as quickly as possible.
"AJ and all of us at Walldinger Racing have truly appreciated the outpouring of support from our fans, partners, and colleagues. It has meant a lot to us during this difficult time. We are also grateful to Mr. Penske and his management team for their patience and respect of the process we are going through."
NASCAR officials on Tuesday released a timeline of the events to this point. It first notes the June 29 test, then continues:
"On July 4, the Program Administrator (PA) sent a positive "A" sample test result to the program’s Medical Review Officer (MRO) Dr. Douglas Aukerman, M.D., and on July 5, Aegis sent final paperwork to the MRO, per . . . the NASCAR rule book, which allows him to begin his review.
"On July 6, the MRO and competitor exchanged phone messages.
"On July 7, the MRO connected by phone with the NASCAR member and informed him of the positive 'A' test. The MRO also informed him he could choose to have the 'B' sample tested, per (the NASCAR rule book)
"Later that day, July 7, the MRO notified NASCAR of the positive 'A' test, and NASCAR temporarily suspended the NASCAR member (per the rule book).
"The NASCAR member officially notified the MRO on July 9 of his request to have his 'B' sample tested, which was within the allotted 72-hour window from the time he was informed that his 'A' sample was positive, per (the rule book).
"Once a member requests to have the 'B' sample tested, NASCAR’s substance abuse policy provides its members up to 30 business days to have the 'B' sample test conducted and results finalized, per (rule book). These 30 days are designed to provide the member with reasonable time to prepare to attend the 'B' sample test or be represented by a qualified toxicologist, per (rule book)
"On July 17, the PA informed NASCAR that the NASCAR member made the decision to select Tuesday, July 24, for the 'B' test and has designated an independent toxicologist to be present on his behalf."