JGR pit-crew member suspended for violation of substance-abuse policy

NASCAR has indefinitely suspended Joe Gibbs Racing development pit-crew member Ernest Pierce for violation of its substance-abuse policy.

To be reinstated, Pierce must complete NASCAR's "Road to Recovery" process, which requires an assessment by a substance-abuse professional who will then determine the appropriate rehabilitation program and guidelines for Pierce's return.

NASCAR announced Pierce's suspension Tuesday afternoon, saying it confirmed the violation (typically a failed drug test) last Wednesday. A JGR spokesman said any discipline issued by JGR would be an internal personnel matter.