Kyle Busch apologized several times Thursday for showing a "lack of judgment" driving 128 mph in a 45 mph zone in a borrowed 2012 Lexus LFA.
In his scheduled media session at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Busch gave apology after apology for his speeding and said he would not make the same mistake again.
“I'm certainly sorry that it happened," the 26-year-old NASCAR driver said of his speeding. "All I can do is apologize to the public, my friends, my fans and my sponsors. I'll look at this experience as a learning experience and move forward.”
Busch was cited for careless and reckless driving following a stop Tuesday in a yellow Lexus sports car worth just under $400,000. He was driving nearly three times faster than the 45 mph speed limit on the road between Troutman and Mooresville, where he lives outside of Charlotte.
Busch allegedly told the officer who stopped him the Lexus was "just a toy," but took back that remark Thursday. “It wasn't a toy, it's a high performance vehicle,” Busch said. “It should be driven with caution. Obviously I didn't have caution and I had a lack of judgment.”
Making the situation even worse is the fact that the car was loaned to him and Denny Hamlin this week by Lexus parent company and Busch's Joe Gibbs Racing team sponsor, Toyota. Hamlin tweeted a picture of the yellow 2012 Lexus LFA the day before Busch was ticketed, writing “If u see me today in ur rear view driving this Please move!!” Oooops.
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