After letting the matter be dissected and speculated upon for 48 hours, the A.J. Allmendinger camp has come out with guns blazing.
The Penske Racing NASCAR driver was suspended Saturday for a failed drug test, and with the Jeremy Mayfield debacle still fresh in everyone's mind, growing sentiment was that Allmendinger had done something wrong - it was just now a question of how wrong he had gone.
NASCAR will not divulge the substance that ran Allmendinger afoul of the series' drug-testing mechanism, but the Allmendinger camp has just come out and reported that it was a banned stimulant of some sort.
What follows is the official statement from Tara Ragan, Vice President, Walldinger Racing Inc.
“In an effort to help our colleagues in the media report on this in a timely and accurate manner, we wanted to provide some additional details regarding AJ’s sample “A” test results. AJ tested positive for a stimulant. He has no idea why the first test was positive, and he has never knowingly taken any prohibited substance. AJ is collecting his medicines and supplements for testing to determine whether an over the counter product caused his positive test. AJ and all of us at Walldinger Racing respect NASCAR's testing program, and he has requested that his "B" sample be tested as part of the process of getting to the bottom of this. We will have the opportunity to review all of the scientific data surrounding the test following the "B" sample test, but our understanding is that AJ's test was slightly above the threshold. As of this morning, we have not been given notice of when the testing of the “B” sample will take place. Thanks again for all of the support of our fans, team, and sponsors as we continue working through the process.”
Sources at Penske Racing confirmed that the team did not yet know when it would receive word of the results of the 'B' sample as well.