DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — More than five years after his suspension from NASCAR after he was arrested at the Kings Island amusement park in Ohio, and charged with suspicion of heroin possession, Aaron Fike was reinstated by the sanctioning body on Tuesday.
NASCAR’s announcement of Fike’s reinstatement said simply: “NASCAR has reinstated driver Aaron Fike upon his successful completion of NASCAR’s Substance Abuse Policy Road to Recovery Program.”
Fike was arrested on July 11, 2007 and suspended later the same day. Fike later acknowledged he used heroin while competing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series. He was suspended on July 11, 2007.
A graduate of the USAC open-wheel ranks, Fike had amassed four top-10 finishes in only 12 races when he was charged. He was released from his ride with Red Horse Racing the day after his arrest.
Fike plead guilty to possession of a drug abuse instrument and reduced charges of attempted heroin possession and spent four months in a treatment center after being sentenced to two years probation.
Fike, who resides in Galesburg, Ill, is now 29 years old. His brother, A.J., continues to race in ARCA and USAC and won last weekend’s USAC Silver Crown Series race at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.