NASCAR »

ADHD drug to blame, says Allmendinger

Suspended Sprint Cup driver AJ Allmendinger has revealed that a prescription drug for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder caused his positive drugs test result last month.
In a television interview, AJ Allmendinger has revealed that a prescription drug called Adderall used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was to blame for his failed drugs test, which has resulted him being placed on indefinite suspension from NASCAR competition until he completes a 'road to recovery' rehabilitation program.

Talking to US sports network ESPN in an exclusive interview on Tuesday, Allmendinger said that a friend of a friend had handed him a pill on a night out, calling it a workout supplement, when he had complained of feeling tired. He said it was because he had not been sleeping well in the week before May's Quaker State 400 Sprint Cup race at Kentucky Speedway, where he ended up being selected at random for a drugs test.

"I was really tired, had no energy, nothing," Allmendinger also told FoxSports.com. "One of [my friend's] friends said, 'Oh, I have an energy pill that I take for working out.'

"I didn't think anything of it because I've taken energy supplements for working out that my trainer gives me," he added. "I didn't even think about it. That was my big mistake."

Allmendinger said that it had been a one-off situation and that he had not taken Adderall previously or since. He does not have ADHT and has no prescription for medication to treat the condition.

Previously, Allmendinger had said that he would be having all his various foods and workout supplements checked for the source of the positive drugs finding. He said that it was only after he had accepted the results of the 'B' sample test and that he was informed that the stimulant in question was Adderall that he was able to piece together what must have happened.

NASCAR spokesman David Higdon earlier appeared to cast some doubt on this, however, saying that the sanctioning body itself did not know the specific substance that had caused Allmendinger's test result. Moreover, previous information from NASCAR had suggested that the drugs test used was not sensitive enough to identify a specific substance down to brand level, especially not once the substance had metabolised in the body.

Allmendinger says that the 'road to recovery' program is treating his case as more stress management than drugs rehabilitation, and that he hoped that he would complete the process by the end of August and be eligible for reinstatement soon afterwards.

Allmendinger's recollection of the circumstances in which he came to take the substance will not change the need for him to undergo NASCAR's mandatory bespoke rehabilitation program. Nor will it change his position with his former team, Penske Racing, which last week confirmed that it had dismissed the 30-year-old Californian.

Allmendinger's friend and business partner Michael Shank has indicated that he would like the driver to come and spearhead their joint new MSR Indy venture in the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2013 if no openings were available in NASCAR.

Adderall has an unfortunate association in NASCAR with the case of Jeremy Mayfield, the only other Sprint Cup driver to be suspended for substance abuse. Mayfield claimed that his own positive drugs test in 2009 was caused by a combination of Adderall - for which he had a prescription to treat his ADHT condition - and an over-the-counter allergy medication, Claritin D.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
AJ Allmendinger celebrates his second career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
#22 Penske Racing crew chief Todd Gordon talks with driver AJ Allmendinger during NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coors Light Pole Qualifying on Saturday at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan. (Photo Credit: Tyler Barrick/Getty Images)
AJ Allmendinger meets with the press at Pocono Raceway. (Poto Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images for NASCAR)
AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge, looks on in the garage during practice for the NASCAR Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway on February 17, 2012 in Daytona Beach, Florida. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Cars race during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Jeff Zelevansky/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Eckrich Ford, races Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Jimmy John`s Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series MyAFibStory.com 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 14, 2014 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo Credit: Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
(Back Row L-R) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes Ford, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Catepillar Chevrolet, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Gwaltney Ford, (Front Row L- R) Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Call Before You Dig Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Bush`s Beans Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, and Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase for the Sprint Cup during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
(Back Row L - R) Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M`s Toyota, Carl Edwards, driver of the #99 Kelloggs/Frosted Flakes Ford, Ryan Newman, driver of the #31 Catepillar Chevrolet, Miss Sprint Cup Madison Martin, Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon, Dale Earnhardt Jr., driver of the #88 Nationwide Insurance Chevrolet, Matt Kenseth, driver of the #20 Dollar General Toyota, Aric Almirola, driver of the #43 Gwaltney Ford, (Front Row L- R) Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Express Toyota, Greg Biffle, driver of the #16 3M Call Before You Dig Ford, AJ Allmendinger, driver of the #47 Bush`s Beans Chevrolet, Kasey Kahne, driver of the #5 Farmers Insurance Chevrolet, Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, Kurt Busch, driver of the #41 Haas Automation Chevrolet, and Kevin Harvick, driver of the #4 Budweiser Chevrolet, pose with the Sprint Cup Trophy after qualifying for the Chase  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, poses with his team in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, takes the chequered flag to win the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Rainier Ehrhardt/Getty Images)
Joey Logano, driver of the #22 Shell-Pennzoil Ford, pits during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Todd Warshaw/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, races Casey Mears, driver of the #13 GEICO Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/Getty Images)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Cessna Chevrolet, races Clint Bowyer, driver of the #15 5-hour ENERGY Toyota, and Joe Nemechek, driver of the #66 Friedman Law Firm Toyota, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Brian Lawdermilk/NASCAR via Getty Images)
A general view of cars racing the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia. (Photo Credit: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Miller Lite Ford, and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet, lead the field to the green flag to start the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Federated Auto Parts 400 at Richmond International Raceway on September 6, 2014 in Richmond, Virginia.  (Photo Credit: Chris Graythen/NASCAR via Getty Images)
Jamie McMurray, driver of the #1 Cessna Chevrolet SS, was just short of making the Chase finishing in fourth place, Saturday, September 6, 2014 in the Nascar Sprint Cup race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Virginia. Eight Chevy drivers are in the Chase for the Sprint Cup, which begins next week at Chicagoland Speedway.  (Photo by Harold Hinson/HHP for Chevy Racing)

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


KGBVD - Unregistered

August 08, 2012 8:15 PM

Complete and utter horse crap. Someone, a "friend of a friend" offers you a pill on a night out, and we are supposed to believe that you thought it was an "energy pill"?? Was it labelled RedBull? No? Maybe you should have had a coffee. Idiot. ADD drugs are used recreationally to improve focus, concentration, and communication. Sounds EXACTLY like the kind of performance enhancing drug a racing driver would want to be on (just like how Sterling Moss was hopped up on coke the whole time)! A.J., just admit that you were on the PERFORMANCE ENHANCING drug, and move on. You don't need to be the next Thomas Enge. Get help, get clean and come back. Denial helps NO ONE!



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.