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|NASCAR champion Randy LaJoie: “I screwed up”|
NASCAR on Tuesday indefinitely suspended Randy LaJoie, a two-time Nationwide driver champion, for violating the car-racing organization’s substance abuse policy.
During an interview with Sirius NASCAR radio earlier the same day, LaJoie, a crew member for Joe Gibbs Racing’s No. 18 team in the Nationwide Series, admitted to smoking marijuana once following the May 30 Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, reports The Sports Network.
LaJoie on June 11 was found to have violated NASCAR’s substance abuse rules after he took a random drug test in order to become a spotter for Gibbs’ team.
“I screwed up,” LaJoie told Sirius Speedway host Dave Moody during the interview.
“NASCAR tested me the day when I wanted to go spot for someone at Nashville,” LaJoie said. “I already have two NASCAR licenses, but they said I needed a spotter’s license, and that included taking a drug test.”
“I took the drug test, and got a call a few days later, saying I had tested positive for marijuana,” LaJoie said.
LaJoie competed in all three of NASCAR’s national touring series, including 44 Cup Series starts. He won his Nationwidce titles back-to-back in 1996 and 1997.
LaJoie had not raced in a NASCAR event since November 2006 at Texas Motor Speedway. He had been working as an ESPN analyst on NASCAR coverage.
He also markets a line of custom fitted high performance aluminum seats for race cars at The Joie of Seating.