Kvapil “embarrassed” put pressing ahead in Charlotte

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Travis Kvapil expressed disappointment in his first public comments Thursday night following his arrest for alleged assault earlier this week. The driver of the No. 93 BK Racing Toyota spoke with the media after his qualifying run at Charlotte Motor Speedway; he qualified 41st for Saturday night’s Bank of America 500.

NASCAR and his team had issued statements after it was announced Kvapil would still race this weekend.

“Obviously there was a domestic situation Tuesday night with my wife, and regret that that happened,” Kvapil said. “Because it is a family, personal matter, we ask for respect and privacy in this situation, and we’ll try to work it out together as a family. Obviously embarrassed about the situation. Don’t like the negative effects that is has brought on, so I apologize to NASCAR, my team, the owners of my team, my fans, and anyone else who was impacted by what happened Tuesday night.”

Kvapil added it was an “eye-opening experience,” and said his first concern was with his children in the incident. Only once that was resolved would he turn his attention to being in team’s car this weekend.

“I’ve had lot of conversations with my owner Ron Devine,” he said. “He’s been a huge supporter of mine, last year and a half with this brand new race team. He asked if I can get the job done, I said yes. I step into this garage, focused on doing the best job we can.”

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.