Penske Racing has released driver AJ Allmendinger from his one year contract the team announced Wednesday.
Allmendinger was suspended by NASCAR indefinitely last week after failing the second of two tests for substance abuse. Allmendinger agreed to enter NASCAR’s rehab program. Team owner Roger Penske said this past weekend that he would speak to Allmendinger this week prior to deciding what to do with the first year driver. That decision was announced Wednesday when the team issued a statement saying the driver has been released.
“Penske Racing fully supports NASCAR’s substance abuse policy and we are disappointed with AJ’s positive drug test results,” said Roger Penske. “AJ is a terrific driver, a good person and it is very unfortunate that we have to separate at this time. We have invested greatly in AJ and we were confident in his success with our team. The decision to dismiss him is consistent with how we would treat any other Penske Racing team member under similar circumstances. As AJ begins NASCAR’s ‘Road to Recovery’ program, we wish him the best and look forward to seeing him compete again in NASCAR.” MORE>>>