The news comes only a few days after Allmendinger was announced to race with the Number 43 on his car – a number full of meaning for the Richard Petty organization. Shortly after the news made the media, the 27-year old driver issued a quick statement in which he publicly apologized for the incident.
“I made an error in judgment last night for which I take full responsibility. I went out to dinner and I had a couple of drinks. I honestly felt fine but I obviously should have erred more on the side of caution, particularly given what I do for a living,” said Allmendinger.
“It was a bad judgment call and I apologise for that to my fans, sponsors, team and NASCAR. If anything good can come of this then hopefully I can be an example of being more aware of drinking responsibly and if even if you feel fine, take a cab, call a friend - just don't risk it. I will do my best to make it right and use this to learn myself and hopefully educate others,” added the Sprint Cup driver.
Despite what happened on Thursday morning, Allmendinger will still be able to compete in the upcoming Sprint Cup event at Talladega, as he will remain under probation until the end of the ongoing season.
“I am deeply disappointed this has happened. AJ has accepted full responsibility for his actions and will work to make this right. On behalf of everyone at Richard Petty Motorsports, we sincerely apologise to our fans and partners,” said team principal Richard Petty after the incident.