Australian driver Daniel Erickson plans to withdraw his entry from the 2011 USF2000 National Championship.
The series has adopted IndyCar’s (or INDYCAR’S) drug and alcohol abuse policy. Apparently Erickson was unaware that he needed to complete the tests prior to the start of the season — which, at this point, is two days away.
Said Erickson: “The USF2000 medical check includes a blood test as part of IndyCars’ Substance Abuse Policy. That takes a minimum of two weeks, which wouldn’t have given me enough time for me get a licence in time for Sebring and possibly the next two rounds at St Petersburg the following weekend.”
I read through the policy (linked above) and didn’t see a time frame on the actual testing. This policy has been in place for a while now and it’s a shame to see something like this end Erickson’s season (at least in the USF2000 ranks). Somebody dropped the ball.
Obviously blood work takes a bit longer, but two weeks seems a bit long. You’d think that a urine test (which takes a matter of minutes) could be performed and used as a waiver until the actual blood-test results come back.