Team Xtreme Racing has withdrawn its No. 44 entry from the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway, after a 26-foot trailer and pickup truck hauling the team’s Chevrolet race car was stolen from a hotel in Morrow, Georgia early this morning Thursday.
The team’s hauler was dispatched to Atlanta Motor Speedway Wednesday, ahead of the bad weather that hit the Charlotte area on Wednesday night. It was safely parked at Atlanta Motor Speedway. With minor work remaining on the No. 44 Chevrolet, the car was loaded in the 26-foot trailer and arrived at the team hotel on Thursday night at 11pm.
Hotel surveillance video shows the theft occurred at 5:32 am. Local police say a silver or grey Jeep Cherokee was also spotted leaving the hotel at the time of the theft.
"While this is obviously a setback for this weekend, our plans remain to compete in the 2015 NASCAR Sprint Cup season," said team Xtreme owner John Cohen. "We are working closely with the Morrow police in hopes that our truck, trailer and race car are safely returned.”