Allmendinger: Positive test was for Adderall
Driver says he took pill to boost energy
AJ Allmendinger said in an exclusive interview with ESPN on Tuesday that he tested positive for prescription Adderall, which he accepted from a friend who told Allmendinger it would boost his energy.
Adderall is commonly prescribed for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition Allmendinger doesn't have and admitted he isn't prescribed to take. ADHD symptoms include inability to focus and control actions and difficulty staying still and quiet relative to peers in the same age group.
He said in the Tuesday interview that he took the pill the Wednesday night before the Quaker State 400 at Kentucky Speedway while out with friends in Louisville. He said he took it because he was tired and was told the pill was a workout energy supplement.
Allmendinger, who was pulled from his car before the Coke Zero 400 in Dayton after testing positive for amphetamine, is in NASCAR's recovery program, which he must complete before he's eligible to be reinstated. He claims he doesn't abuse Adderall and took it only once, but believed the drug was detectable because he was randomly drug tested two days later.
Allmendinger was released by Penske Racing. He said the Road to Recovery program he's participating in could be completed by the end of the month and he's being treated for stress coping more than he is drug rehabilitation.