The race car that was stolen from a hotel parking lot early Friday morning was recovered on Saturday along a road in suburban Atlanta, according to a report from TheAssociated Press.
The car was set to be driven by Travis Kvapil in Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Team Xtreme Racing did not have a backup car available and withdrew the No. 44 car from the race.
Team XTREME owner John Cohen said on Saturday that the car was not damaged. From the report:
Police in Gwinnett County northeast of Atlanta received a suspicious vehicle call at approximately 2:30 a.m. Saturday, nearly 24 hours after the race car was stolen, said Jeffery Richter, the public information officer. A motorist spotted the No. 44 machine along a darkened road and quickly realized it must be the stolen race car.
Cohen was called to the scene, confirmed it was his $250,000 race car off the shoulder of the road, and called a tow truck to take it back to their shop in suburban Charlotte.
Police told the AP on Friday that the car was inside a trailer attached to a black Ford pickup truck parked at the hotel. The truck and trailer reportedly were not recovered with the car, but police said the truck was seen near the hotel where the theft occurred.
The trailer, which contained a $100,000 engine and more than $17,000 of racing equipment, had not been found, according to the report. Cohen told the AP that Kvapil should be able to race the car in next week's Sprint Cup event in Las Vegas.