HAMPTON, Georgia (AP) -- Police have found the NASCAR race car stolen from a hotel parking lot near Atlanta Motor Speedway.
Team XTREME said the car was discovered early Saturday, northwest of Atlanta in Gwinnett County, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) from where it was taken. The team tweeted a pictured of team owner John Cohen standing in front of the No. 44 Chevrolet, which was ditched in a wooded area near Loganville.
Morrow police Detective Sgt. Larry Oglesby, leading the investigation in the south Atlanta suburb, confirmed to The Associated Press that the car was recovered. Valued at $250,000, the high-powered stockcar appears undamaged.
"So Happy to have 'old faithful' back. Favorite race car," the team wrote on Twitter.
The discovery came too late to help the team this weekend. It was forced to withdraw from Sunday's race in Atlanta.
The race car, along with the pickup truck and trailer that were hauling it, were snatched just a few hours before Travis Kvapil was to run in qualifying. Team spokeswoman Amanda Ebersole said police did not recover the other contents of the trailer, which included a spare engine valued at $100,000 and racing equipment valued at $17,500.
Still, the recovery of the car will help the low-budget team go forward with its plans to race at Las Vegas next weekend.