NASCAR drivers arrested for DUI twice this week
NASCAR’s public relations team will be overworked this month as the third driver in just one month has been charged with an alcohol-related driving incident.
Sprint Cup series driver AJ Allmendinger was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in North Carolina this weekend. Police say he failed a field sobriety test when pulled over; no information is available on whether he submitted a breath or blood test.
Allmendinger is a member of Richard Petty Motorsports team; the team did not have a comment yesterday regarding the incident. If Allmendinger is suspended by NASCAR, which he likely will be given the precedent, they will have to replace Allmendinger in the No. 44 car.
Allmendinger is a rising star for the RPM team. He was set to move into the No. 43 for the 2010 season, with Best Buy on the docket to sponsor the car. Best Buy had been working with Allmendinger in the previous season. There is no indication right now whether this relationship will continue.
Notably, Petty was always outspoken against alcohol with his team. He refused to allow any alcohol sponsors. He also refused to have his team participate in races sponsored by alcoholic beverages.
This is the second DUI charge in a week for a NASCAR driver, and the third this month. Mooresville, NC, police have said alcohol was a factor in an accident involving driver and team owner Michael Waltrip. While Waltrip registered under the legal limit at .06%, police do believe he was affected by alcohol during a crash.
Also of note, JC France, the grandson of NASCAR’s founder, was found to be driving drunk and in possession of cocaine while racing down a street. France was officially suspended immediately following the incident.