Abuse of drugs in sports circles has been becoming a more widespread problem and has reached its way into the race car world. Fox Sports reported on Oct. 17, 2013, "Todd Parrott suspended by NASCAR." NASCAR announced on Thursday afternoon Todd Parrott, who has been the crew chief of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Ford which is driven by Aric Almirola, has been indefinitely suspended for violating the body’s Substance Abuse Policy.
Parrott, 49, has become the highest-visibility NASCAR personality to fail a drug test since AJ Allmendinger
more than a year ago. Parrott has been well known for being the championship crew chief for Dale Jarrett in 1999. Parrott has 31 race victories as a crew chief, which has ranked him third among active crew chiefs. Todd Parrott is the son of long-time crew chief Buddy Parrott.
USA Today has reported, "Crew chief Todd Parrott suspended indefinitely." It has been confirmed that Parrott has been suspended indefinitely after violating NASCAR's substance abuse policy. Almirola has tweeted, "Todd Parrott is a good crew chief, a good person, and a good friend. I'll be a big cheerleader of his to get thru this difficult time."