Saturday, September 20, 2008
Congratulations: NASCAR Adds Random Testing
In a Saturday morning press conference, NASCAR announced that in 2009 the substance abuse policy is changing. Team owners must test all licensed crew members before the season, including drivers. Those results will be reviewed by NASCAR before any team member may participate in activity at a NASCAR track. All NASCAR at-track employees will be tested by NASCAR prior to the season as well.
When the season begins, NASCAR will be randomly testing by computer generated lists a sample of all at-track personnel. This includes NASCAR employees, drivers and all team members. Aegis, an outside testing company, will administer the tests and they will be by number only. No names will be associated until a positive test result is returned and NASCAR itself matches the sample number up with a name.
NASCAR's medical officer will contact anyone with a positive test to determine the extent of the issue and if a suspension will result. One true positive test calls for immediate suspension with a NASCAR supervised program to monitor recovery.
This is a tremendously positive step for a sport that has been resistant to change and has never grasped the real issues associated with drug abuse of all types among the hundreds of people who are involved in at-track activity.
Here are some links to this story:
NASCAR To Begin Random Testing in 2009
Drug Testing For NASCAR
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