Just a week after NASCAR took away AJ Allmendinger's keys indefinitely, the result of a failed drug test, Motorsport.com is reporting that the FIA has sidelined Tomáš Enge for a similar infraction. Enge also failed a recent drug test, earning an 18-month ban from racing for what would be his second such infraction.

Back in 2002, Enge finished the Formula 3000 season atop the standings, but had his title stripped after testing positive for marijuana use. According to the report, Enge denies that he's back on the drug, saying that he has chronic health problems and has asked the FIA for an exemption from its drug testing rules for medications related to his cardiovascular problems. Enge intends to fight the suspension in the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland.

Most recently, Enge has been racing in the GT1 sports car series, though he drove in Formula One in 2001 and raced in IndyCar during the 2005 season. His greatest successes have come behind the wheel of sports cars, earning a class victory in the 2003 24 Hours of Le Mans behind the wheel of a Ferrari and winning the 2009 European Le Mans Series LMP1 championship driving an Aston Martin.


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      Chicken Farmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      New meaning for puff puff pass!
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      Driving on weed just makes you slow down. Why do you think the vintage VW's only had 40 HP LMAO! http://norml.org/library/item/marijuana-and-driving-a-review-of-the-scientific-evidence
      DrifterZ
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am sure marijuana is not the issue here. If he indeed has a cardiovascular problem and is using any form of medicine for it then I bet he tested positive for amphetamine ( aka speed). This is all to similar to the Almendinger deal in Nascrap. I really hope he proves them wrong and sues the crap out of the FIA for wrong doing. How can you ban anyone for taking something that is available at your local drug store or through your doctor?? It is also very odd that drug test in all sports has out of nowhere blown up all over the media.
      Felix36
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hear a lot of "it's not a performance enhancing drug" talk here, but I beg to differ. I'll never forget the most daunting race in my life. You see I was 19 years old, in college, on spring break when I finally unlocked the "4 hours of Tsukuba" endurance race in gran turismo 5. Look, I love racing games as much as the next guy but Tsukuba is like a mile long. There's like 9 corners or something. And 4 hours? My god, i'm part of the twitter generation, here what do you expect of me Polyphony? Anyway, my despair was short lived, soon my roommate came back from his "friend's" house with a 20 sack of performance enhancer, and by god i knew i could make it through with a little bit of green confidence. And i'm pretty sure i did. At least i think i did. Not really sure what car i won though. Cant seem to remember.....
      cynicalrick
      • 2 Years Ago
      smoking a bit of weed. Oh the humanity!!!
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Another wasted talent down the toilet because of drugs. How many drivers have destroyed their careers for this.
        tump
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        The drugs aren't the problem (caffeine and alcohol aren't banned and one of those IS a performance-enhancing drug). The problem is how marijuana is treated. You're the victim of a misinformation campaign.
          Myself
          • 2 Years Ago
          @tump
          and you, sir, are probably a bit too high to drive
        Peter Middleton
        • 2 Years Ago
        @gtv4rudy
        Generally its alcohol and pills I'd have to say. Both totally legal.
      Judah Richardson
      • 2 Years Ago
      I've heard of weed being used for Crohn's disease, but cardiovascular problems? I think the ban's legitimate.
        Autoblogist
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Judah Richardson
        I'm sure there's no heavy research for either one. That what happens when the government makes it damn near impossible to study and politicians are too scared to tackle the issue. So much that at this point in time more than 50% of people between 18 and 54 have tried some form of marijuana, but it's still illegal. Meanwhile alcohol..........eh nevermind. Off my soapbox.
          Zeus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Autoblogist
          From UCSC.edu: "In the first rigorous study comparing marijuana use in the Netherlands and the United States, researchers have found no evidence that decriminalization of marijuana leads to increased drug use. The results suggest that drug policies may have less impact on marijuana use than is currently thought." Article: http://www1.ucsc.edu/currents/03-04/05-03/drug_study.html The Autobahn which is a derestricted highway sees less deaths per year than California's 101 freeway. The Swiss are the most heavily armed nation in the world from a civilian stand point and have the lowest crime rate in the world of any country on earth. Do you see a pattern here?
      Peter Middleton
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is marijuana on the list of banned substances? Seems funny to test for as it provides no performance advantage at all.
        Jarda
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter Middleton
        my geuss would be that the official explanation would be "driving under influence of MJ is dangerous", not that they would think it provides any advantage... just my wild guess, regardless of my personal opinion on such statement Tomáš is irresopnsible idiot tho :(
        Brett Fisher
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Peter Middleton
        According to the 3 WADA criteria for a doping drug: 1) It has the potential to enhance or enhances sport performance 2) It represents an actual or potential health risk to the athlete 3) It violates the spirit of sport I believe that it really resides in the fact that it is an illegal drug, therefore illegal in sport.
      loafofbread234
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what? All of these recreational drug tests are a joke. I could understand an objection if he was using some mythical substance that lets you brake late like a god, but we know that isn't the case. Either a drug impacts its user negatively, in which case its a health problem that should be dealt with by health professionals, or it has a neutral or positive effect, in which case it is being used responsibly and it is nobody else's business.
        Narom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @loafofbread234
        Probably because professional sports people are looked upon by millions as role models and having those role models taking recreational and illegal drugs probably isn't a good thing...
          Zeus
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Narom
          Narom if theres one thing I can't stand it's that "maybe in America, but in the rest of the world it's like this" bullshit. The rest of the world has the same problems America has and a lot of the rest of the world has bigger problems than we do in America. The last time I checked "the rest of the world" wasn't a country on the map and the last time I checked people from every corner of the earth live in America and do so for a reason. It's not an athletes job to be a role model. They are not here to raise our children. Parents need to do that. What this guy does in his spare time is no ones business. If he wasn't high while he was on the track who cares.
          RGT881
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Narom
          Narom - you are way off the mark. I am not condoning the use of drugs, but I am not also not condoning it as a political or a social tool. I don't believe athletes should be put on a pedestal, they aren't going to pay for rent, daycare, college, diapers, toys, vacations, first car and so on. They are doing it for themselves or to make their parents proud, which is FINE, but we don't need to idolize them. If you're from a group who believes that motivation talk helps then stop reading, otherwise you need to understand that desire to succeed in life comes from WITHIN, through learning from own and parents' hardships. I look at athletes as those who had dedication to train 5-6 hours a day. I always liked Andre Agassi a lot, was he perfect? No! Of course not. Nevertheless, I admired his ability to come back in 2000s, rest of it is irrelevant. What about engineers, scientists, doctors, nurses, teachers, firemen, police officers who go out there every day making lives better for society? Enjoy your suburban life.
          RGT881
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Narom
          I'm with Zeus on this one, and he summed it up perfectly well. If the yuppie parents would start acting like role models for their own kids rather than let them worship those that get most attention in media then I guarantee you things would be a lot better. But in today's world everyone likes to point the finger elsewhere rather than look at themselves. Unfortunately, most people are weak, angry, easy to scare, insecure and hide their true selves behind political correctness. It's disgusting. You show me a single mom or dad who were able to raise children all on their own and I'll show you someone to admire, not some random athlete who swore or failed a drug test.
          Narom
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Narom
          Blimey you both took a humongous leap of faith to go from having a role model to being brought up without any proper parenting just following the guidance of a sports person. Maybe in america where those who get the most attention tend to be idiots, but the rest of the world is gripped by olympic fever where dedicated, hard working athletes put their all to achieve the best for themselves. Now if you don't want that for your kids you may as well chop out those child bearing parts because there is no hope for them.
      Nathan Loiselle
      • 2 Years Ago
      Marijuana seems to be on the banned list of many organizations for no more reason than political pressure. This is sheer idiocy.
      Green Machine
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, if the NBA,NFL,NHL was tested for pot, they would probably loose half the players. I didn't realize the FIA was so strict. Prohibition of marijuana is nothing more then a level of control from personal freedom and available treatment, and yes recreation too.
      Joe
      • 2 Years Ago
      Driving high is great, they should make smoking a few bowls before a race mandatory.
        Suzan
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Joe
        Joe, it wouldn't require REALLY FAST CARS if they smoked a few bowls first...that 40 mile per hour VW mentioned earlier would even be too fast. Racing fans wouldn't like cars that just puttered along enjoying the view.
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