NASCAR driver AJ Allmendinger released a statement on Tuesday in response to the positive drug test that lead to the driver be suspended temporarily:
"I have informed NASCAR that 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 to my fellow drivers. I am very conscious about my training and health and would never knowingly take a prohibited drug."- AJ Allmendinger
Reports say Allmendinger's second, or "B" sample has not yet been tested. The positive result came after a random drug test following the race at Kentucky. It resulted in Allmendinger being suspended for the race this past weekend at Daytona.
Sam Hornish, Jr.replaced Allmendinger for the race at Daytona, and car owner Roger Penske has already announced that Hornish will again drive the car this weekend at New Hampshire.