Kvapil announced the theft, which included the black pickup that was hauling the trailer and the #44 Chevrolet SS Sprint Cup Car – shown above, with driver JJ Yeley at the wheel – on Twitter. According to Kvapil, the car wasn't going to be ready for the Thursday test session at Atlanta Motor Speedway, although forecasts of snow forced the team to dispatch their main trailer and tools to the track ahead of the car, which left for Atlanta later yesterday.
According to ESPN, police in Morrow have video of the "incident," which happened at 5:34 AM Friday, with police investigating it as as criminal in nature.
"Sometimes what happens when thieves see trailers, they might just assume there's something in the trailer they can go off and sell," Sgt. Larry Oglesby, of the Morrow PD, told USA Today. "Sometimes when things like this occur, they will drop off the items in a parking lot somewhere – like a Walmart parking lot – once they realize what they have."
"All we know is it was a silver jeep," team owner John Cohen told USA Today. "One guy got out and they pulled off together." Earlier, Cohen told ESPN that the theft will force the team out of this weekend's race at the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, at Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Kvapil, meanwhile, has taken to Twitter to appeal to his followers to be on the lookout for the truck, trailer and race car. Here's hoping it turns up all together. Check out the driver's tweets, below.
Wow. Anyone near Atlanta find my stolen Cup car let me know! Unreal- Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015
I bet when whoever has it, opens the trailer and is going to be like 'oh snap'- Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015
down last night in a Ford dually and enclosed trailer with racecar inside. That was stolen out of hotel parking lot this am in Morrow, GA- Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015
Black Ford dually, white enclosed tag behind trailer. New Jersey plates- Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015
Dang.... I'm wishing we had LoJack or something on it!- Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015
Here it is......New Jersey plates pic.twitter.com/YayDb2Ya6u- Travis Kvapil (@TravisKvapil) February 27, 2015