NBC affiliate WCNC in North Carolina and USA Today have reported NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Travis Kvapil, driver of the No. 93 Burger King/Dr Pepper Toyota for BK Racing, has been arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife. The USA Today update confirmed Kvapil had been charged with assault and false imprisonment.
He was arrested Tuesday in Mooresville, N.C., booked Tuesday night in Iredell County and freed on bond Wednesday, according to the USA Today update.
Making matters worse is that the BK Racing team was supporting Domestic Violence Awareness Month this month, so this would kind of go against that in a big way.
A team spokeswoman said the team had no comment at this time.
Kvapil, 37, is a native of Janesville, Wis. and the 2003 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series champion. Right now Kvapil ranks 31st in the points standings, second worst of all full-time drivers, and only ahead of his BKR teammate David Reutimann in 33rd. Kvapil has a best finish of 16th at Bristol in August.
Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.
Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.
Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.
“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.
“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”