Team owner Roger Penske says he is awaiting the results of driver AJ Allmendinger's "B" urine test before permanently filling the seat of the No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil Dodge for the remainder of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup season.
Allmendinger was given a random drug test at Kentucky Speedway on June 29, then received a call July 7 from NASCAR's medical review officer saying he had tested positive and was temporarily suspended from competition. Penske racer Sam Hornish Jr. drove the team's entry at Daytona and was back in the car this weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway.
"Obviously, this situation is disappointing because of the circumstances," Penske said Sunday. "I've said it before: I'm more concerned about the individual than the situation, because that'll take care of itself. There'll be facts and figures, and there'll be an outcome. I think more importantly is, if the results go his way, meaning that he can get back in the car, he'll be in the car at Indianapolis. If it's not, then we'll assess Sam's availability."
That gives Penske two weeks to figure out the team's next move. The Sprint Cup series is off next week before reconvening at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 29 for the Allstate 400 at the Brickyard.
Penske acknowledged the team has options.
"(Sam is) running here (at New Hampshire)," the owner said. "We've had a lot of people who've contacted us who would like to get in the car. There's a chance maybe for us to look at different drivers for the next several weeks, but that's really not our plan.
"Our plan is to have AJ in, and then hopefully Sam will show that he wants to drive the car, and we'll give him that opportunity."
Penske said he was returning from a trip overseas when he received a text notifying him of Allmendinger's situation.
"So there was some discussion about timing," Penske said. "I was on the plane, so I didn't really get it till I landed. At that point it was a moot point, but he had texted me and wanted to talk to me.