Cody Ware

Cody Ware

28-Year-Old Driver  
Rick Ware Racing
Rick Ware Racing
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Was reinstated by NASCAR in December 2023 after a lengthy suspension for a domestic abuse case. Is currently planning a part-time comeback in the RWR No. 15 Ford, partnering with Kaz Grala behind the wheel. Read Past Outlooks
Return to Cup Series in April
NASCAR Cup
January 22, 2024
The biggest comeback in Ware's return to racing will likely come in April, when he returns to one of his family's two Cup Series cars, the No. 15 Ford. He's expected to share that ride with Kaz Grala through the rest of 2024, the Daytona Beach New Journal reports.
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Plans are coming into focus at Rick Ware Racing. Grala was recently announced as a part-time driver for the team and it's expected he'll be joined by Ware in the No. 15 Ford. The young driver is currently rebuilding his sponsorship portfolio after his recent suspension, and it's taking some time to put together. Ware competed in seven events last season in the team's No. 51 entry.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2023
2022
2021
2020
2019
Ware was the majority pilot of his team's No. 51 Ford entry last season. He made 35 of the 36 events en route to just one Top-10 finish for the campaign. Ware would end up a distant 32nd-place in the final driver standings of last year and post a 27.8 average finish. At the time of this writing, there has been no confirmation that Ware will return in a full-time capacity to this team. The owner/driver has raced part-time in the past and could easily decide to revert to that status. Either way, part-time or full-time, this small team faces the uphill battles, equipment and personnel challenges of a small racing team. By a lot of measures and metrics Ware's campaign last season was his best performance-wise, and also an indicator of this team's high water mark in terms of potential.
Rick Ware Racing has hammered out a technical alliance with Stewart Haas Racing and that should help them with performance in 2022. Ware is coming off his first near-full season of Cup Series competition last year. In 32 starts he had some highlights and low lights, but generally a performance to build on going forward. Ware will pilot one of two full-time entries for RWR in the upcoming season. He'll be paired once again with veteran crew chief, Mike Hillman Sr., and the two will continue to build on their chemistry from 2021. Ware didn't manage any Top-20 finishes last year, but that could change in the upcoming season. The new technical alliance with SHR and the switch to Fords could pay some noticeable dividends right away. Still, he only has a 31.1 average finish from last season to build on, so anything will be an improvement.
Only made two starts between the Xfinity Series and Cup Series all of 2020. His 2021 plans have not been announced, but it could be another season of very light engagement in NASCAR's top two touring series with his family's Rick Ware Racing team.
Rick Ware Racing will field three full-time teams this season, so it looks like Ware could increase his involvement in NASCAR's top division. While he's yet to be named to one of the three rides, he could race roughly half the schedule in one of them. Last year's 13 starts netted just one Top-30 finish for this young driver. However, Ware got valuable seat time for his extended growth as a driver. The 24-year-old has a lot of room to grow and it looks like he could be upping his involvement at the Cup level this season. Ware will also do some racing in IMSA for Rick Ware's new venture into sports car racing. 2020 is shaping up to be a very busy season for this young driver, but he still has a lot to learn before he can improve.
Rick Ware Racing is gearing up for the 2019 season, and that means Ware will get full-time action in one of the team's two rides. It will likely be RWR's No. 52 Chevrolet that will be his seat. The 23-year-old driver made just four starts last season split between the team's two cars. It was a multi-driver lineup approach that saw several pilots in the team's Chevrolets. Ware registered two DNF's and 28th- and 38th-place finishes at Phoenix and Talladega. His racing activities have been ramping up over the past three seasons, but this will be his first full-time attempt in NASCAR's top division. For quickly growing, small race teams there is always a tremendous learning curve. We expect Ware and this race team to experience those growing pains in 2019.
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Reinstated by NASCAR
NASCAR Cup
December 12, 2023
NASCAR announced the suspension of Ware as had been lifted. Prosecutors dropped assault charges against him stemming from incident last April, Bob Pockrass of FOX Sports reports.
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Additional Charges
NASCAR Cup
April 15, 2023
Ware, who was suspended by NASCAR after being arrested on separate counts of felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault on a female on April 10, is now facing additional charges against him. He was released after posting a $3,000 bond, Frontstretch reports.
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Arrested for Assault
NASCAR Cup
April 10, 2023
Ware (personal) was arrested and charged Monday with felony assault by strangulation - inflict serious injury - and misdemeanor assault on a female, according to the Iredell County Sheriff's Office website, The Athletic reports.
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Not racing at Bristol
NASCAR Cup
April 8, 2023
Ware (personal) will not race at the NASCAR Cup Series race at Bristol on Sunday, Bob Pockrass of Fox Sports reports.
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Expected to return for Las Vegas
NASCAR Cup
October 11, 2022
Ware (ankle) is on the entry list for Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
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