Initially, reflecting on the words "There's some trouble with the car", its pilot figured out that somebody must be playing a joke on him. In a matter of few minutes, he found out that his small budget team XTREME had no longer a car to participate with.
Worth of $250.000, the racing car has been stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway. By afternoon police hoped in the assist of the public but nothing new came up besides nothing at all. In spite of their hopes of having the car found by the NASCAR mandatory inspection, they missed it and were forced to withdraw from the race. Unfortunately, Team Extreme doesn't have the funding which multi-car operations, such as Hendrick Motorsports, beneficiate from. Ironically, they didn't even havethechanceto qualify for the big race. Travis Kvapil was recently hired by Team Extreme to drive their car and according to him, the absence in the future race is "a big setback". According to the Atlanta Police, the car has been stolen Thursday between 5:30-5:45 am, right after one of crew's personnel finished his cigarette and went in, leaving the car exposed. He doesn't consider himself guilty "I've been doing this 1979. Never once has this happened. It's crazy".
Having no one to blame for the incident, police will be struggling to find the thieves as soon as possible. Let's hope the odds will be different next time for Team XTREME and that until then, police will manage to retrieve the car.