AJ Allmendinger was silent Sunday, a day after NASCAR suspended him for failing a random drug test.
Penske Racing, which gave Allmendinger the biggest break of his career this season, is withholding judgment until NASCAR’s system has been completed.
“You know it’s a disappointment at this particular time, but we’re going to wait and see what the second test results are before we make any comment or decisions. I don’t think it’s fair to him,” team owner Roger Penske said Sunday.
There is no second test coming for Allmendinger, who was randomly summoned June 29 in Kentucky to provide a urine sample to NASCAR. Per NASCAR guidelines, the specimen was split in two for an “A’’ and a “B’’ sample. NASCAR announced 90 minutes before Saturday night’s race at Daytona that Allmendinger’s “A’’ sample had failed the test.
Allmendinger hasn’t commented publicly since the announcement. He has 72 hours from Saturday to ask for his “B’’ sample to be tested, and he would be subjected to an indefinite NASCAR suspension if that sample also comes back positive.
INDYCAR: In Toronto, Ryan Hunter-Reay showed he can dominate a street course when he cruised to the Honda Indy Toronto title.
Hunter-Reay, coming off two wins on oval courses, led the final 28 laps of the 85-lap race and also moved in front in the series points race.
He leads Will Power by 34 points in the standings.
FORMULA ONE: In Silverstone, England, Red Bull driver Mark Webber won the British Grand Prix, overtaking Fernando Alonso to move closer to his rival in the race for the Formula One championship.
Webber pulled within 13 points of Alonso with his second victory this season. Alonso is the only other driver to win more than once in 2012.
It was Webber’s second victory in three years at Silverstone. The Australian driver lives nearby and he says staying at home aids his performance.
It was a disappointing day for the leading British drivers as both Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button failed to make the podium.
Hamilton, who is fourth in the drivers’ standings, finished eighth and McLaren teammate Button was 10th.
NASCAR: Kevin Harvick became a father on Sunday, a day after his wife flew home unexpectedly from Daytona International Speedway.
Keelan Paul Harvick was born Sunday in North Carolina. He is the first child for Kevin and DeLana Harvick.
“Waiting on Keelan was the longest nine months of my entire life,” Kevin Harvick said in a statement. “But time literally stood still when I held our baby for the first time. I’ve accomplished a lot in my life that I’m proud of, but those moments don’t hold a candle to becoming a father and seeing that little face looking up at you.
“DeLana and I are just amazed by how special and rewarding this is.”
DeLana Harvick had been in Daytona leading into Saturday night’s race, but returned to North Carolina for precautionary reasons. Harvick had Kenny Wallace on standby during the race in case he needed to get home.
Harvick completed the race, but finished 23rd because he was involved in a late accident.