Cop cites Kyle Busch for speeding and ‘disrespectful attitude’

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Kyle Busch learned his lesson after being cited for speeding for going 128 mph in a 45 mph zone three years ago.

Well, kinda.

Old Leadfoot … uh, make that the younger Busch brother, has once again been nailed for speeding in another 45 mph zone, according to Charlotte TV station WSOC.

Only this time, Busch’s offending speed was a more reasonable 60 mph in a 45 mph zone when he was stopped April 29 at 7:45 pm ET while driving through the northwest suburban Charlotte hamlet of Denver, N.C.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper who issued Busch the speeding ticket (copy above) made sure to point out Busch’s “disrespectful attitude” on the citation.

Busch reportedly told the trooper he thought the speed limit was 55 mph, according to WSOC.

No court date has been announced, and Busch has thus far refused comment on the incident.

This is at least the third traffic citation Busch has received in the last eight years.

In 2006, he was cited for reckless driving in Richmond, Va., after “chirping” his tires while exiting a gas station.

Then there was the infamous citation in 2011, when Busch was caught on radar by a sheriff’s deputy doing 83 mph over the limit (128 mph in a 45 mph zone) north of Mooresville, N.C.

He was charged in that incident with careless and reckless driving and speeding. Busch pleaded guilty to the latter charge, paid a $1,000 fine, had his driver’s license suspended for 45 days and was placed on one year of unsupervised probation.

It’s unlikely Busch will be penalized by NASCAR for his latest infraction, as the sanctioning body considered his two previous run-ins a private matter and did not sanction him.

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Fernando Alonso confirmed for Toyota LMP1 test in Bahrain

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Fernando Alonso will take his first step towards a possible entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans when he tests an LMP1 car for Toyota on Sunday at the Bahrain International Circuit.

McLaren Formula 1 driver and two-time world champion Alonso is hoping to appear at Le Mans next year as part of his bid to become just the second man in history to complete the ‘Triple Crown of Motorsport’.

Alonso has already completed one leg by winning the Monaco Grand Prix twice, and made his debut at the Indianapolis 500 in May with McLaren-Honda-Andretti, retiring late on due to an engine failure.

Momentum is building for Alonso to make his Le Mans debut with Toyota in 2018, starting with a first sports car run-out in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s end-of-season rookie test in Bahrain on Sunday.

Alonso arrived in Bahrain on Saturday to watch the six-hour WEC race as an invited guest of the Bahraini royal family, with his participation in the test being confirmed after the race.

“We are very excited that Fernando will test our car. When he visited us in Cologne everyone who met him could sense his enthusiasm and passion for our sport; he is a true racer,” Toyota Gazoo Racing team president Hisatake Murata said.

“We very much respect his interest in different forms of motorsport and it is a pleasure to offer him this chance to drive a hybrid LMP1 car. It will be interesting to hear his feedback on the TS050 Hybrid.”

Alonso will share running in the Toyota car with 19-year-old Thomas Laurent, who received a test as a prize for his star display during his rookie WEC campaign this year, while regular Toyota racer Mike Conway will also complete laps.