James Stewart tests positive for banned substance at Seattle Supercross, provisionally suspended by FIM

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Just days after his most dominant Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship race in years, James Stewart is dealing with trouble after receiving notice that he failed a World Anti-Doping Agency drug test two months ago during the AMA Supercross season.

The FIM, one of the governing bodies behind the Monster Energy AMA Supercross series, announced Friday that Stewart tested positive for an amphetamine following the conclusion of the Seattle Supercross round on April 12th. They subsequently announced that he’s been provisionally suspended, “with effect from June 20th until further notice.”

Choosing to be proactive about the incident, Stewart’s camp actually broke the news first on Thursday night and is hoping to resolve the issue by presenting the required documentation to prove that the substance was legitimately prescribed. “The medication in question is and has been prescribed to Stewart by his physician to treat a long-term condition,” the Yoshimura Suzuki team stated in a press release. “Stewart … is willingly communicating with WADA and taking all appropriate steps to resolve this matter.”

It’s worth noting that amphetamines, often prescribed to treat ADHD, are in a separate category from PEDs such as steroids and hormones.

With a suspension levied by the FIM, Stewart’s future has become clouded, but it may not preclude him from lining up for the next round of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship in eight days since the FIM is not a sanctioning body for the outdoor series. As of now, there has been no official word on his status for the rest of the season.

Stewart currently sits third overall in 450 Class points in Lucas Oil Pro Motocross and is one of the hottest riders in the premier class after sweeping both motos at High Point last Saturday.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.