Kyle Busch repeatedly apologized for his "lack of judgment" in driving 128 mph in a 45 mph speed zone this week, telling reporters Thursday that it will never happen again.
"I'm certainly sorry that it happened," he said. "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 driving a 2012 Lexus LFA on loan to him from the manufacturer, and apparently got carried away on his joyride. He offered no explanation for his actions, other than to say it wasn't a good move.
In regard to saying, "It's just a toy" to the officer who cited him, Busch said Friday that the car "wasn't a toy – it's a high performance vehicle."
"It should be driven with caution," Busch said. "Obviously I didn't have caution and I had a lack of judgment. There's probably reason why on the TV commercials that they always show at the bottom, 'Professional driver, closed course.' Mine was not that. Again, I apologize sincerely. All I can do is make sure it doesn't happen again."
Joe Gibbs, Busch's car owner, said the Joe Gibbs Racing team was working through the potential penalty scenarios for Busch. The organization will not suspend Busch, Gibbs said, but will take some yet-to-be-determined actions that could include a fine or community service.
"It's a serious issue," Gibbs said. "That's an important statement for us: This is serious. ... We want to go through this the right way. There's a lot to consider. We're going to step through it and try to do the right thing."
Busch fielded a question about no one being injured by his actions and responded, "There's ifs ands or buts to a lot of things in life."
"Fortunately, no one was hurt, but it doesn't any make kind of excuse for what happened, for my lack of judgment, for what I did," he said.
And to those who say he should have been arrested or had his license pulled on the spot?
"I'll leave that to the court system," he said. "We'll go through that as best as we can handle it and as best the authorities try to handle it. It's not my place to decide what does or doesn't happen."