Todd Parrott Suspended by NASCAR for Violating Substance Abuse Policy

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 17, 2013

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 19:  Todd Parrott, crew chief of the
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Todd Parrott, the crew chief for Sprint Cup Series driver Aric Almirola, has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

Richard Petty Motorsports decided to fire Parrott Tuesday evening.

Andre Stallings of Sirius XM NASCAR Radio broke the news:

NEWS: Todd Parrott suspended for violating leagues substance abuse policy. #NASCAR

— Andrew Stallings (@AStallings88) October 17, 2013

NASCAR released a statement via Yahoo! Sports' Nick Bromberg:

Todd Parrott, a crew member in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, has been indefinitely suspended from NASCAR for violating the sanctioning body’s Substance Abuse Policy.

On Oct. 17, Parrott was found to have violated Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) and 19 (violation of the NASCAR Substance Abuse Policy) of the 2013 NASCAR Rule Book.

According to Sporting News' Jeff Owens, Parrott will have to complete NASCAR's recovery program before he can be fully reinstated, hence the indefinite nature of the suspension.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly named car chief Greg Ebert instead of Aric Almirola. Ebert has actually been named the interim crew chief in place of Parrott.