Cody Ware

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Cody Ware
Cody Ware Sonoma 2018.jpg
Ware's No. 52 at Sonoma in 2018
BornCody Shane Ware
(1995-11-07) November 7, 1995 (age 23)
Greensboro, North Carolina
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Awards2014 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Rookie of the Year
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career
22 races run over 3 years
Car no., teamNo. 52 (Rick Ware Racing)
2018 position42nd
Best finish42nd (2018)
First race2017 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (Atlanta)
Last race2019 Consumers Energy 400 (Michigan)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Xfinity Series career
20 races run over 5 years
Car no., teamNo. 99 (B. J. McLeod Motorsports)
2018 position106th
Best finish43rd (2014)
First race2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (Mid-Ohio)
Last race2019 Drive for the Cure 250 (Charlotte Roval)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career
7 races run over 4 years
2018 position114th
Best finish60th (2015)
First race2014 Fred's 250 (Talladega)
Last race2017 Bar Harbor 200 (Dover)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series career
1 race run over 1 year
2014 position42nd
Best finish42nd (2014)
First race2014 Puebla 240 (Puebla)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0
Statistics current as of September 28, 2019.

Cody Shane Ware (born November 7, 1995) is an American professional stock car racing driver and motorcycle racer. A third-generation driver, he is the son of NASCAR driver and team owner Rick Ware.[1]

He currently competes part-time in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, driving the Nos. 51 and 52 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1s and Ford Fusions for Rick Ware Racing. He also competes part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, driving the No. 99 Toyota Camry for B. J. McLeod Motorsports.

Racing career[edit]

Sports car racing[edit]

In 2014, Ware competed in the Lamborghini Super Trofero North America series, winning Rookie of the Year honors.[2]

NASCAR[edit]

In August 2014, he made his debut in the NASCAR Nationwide Series at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course,[1] starting 26th and finishing 15th.[3]

In 2015, Ware joined MAKE Motorsports full-time for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, competing for Rookie of the Year honors.[4] However, on May 1, Ware announced that he would be leaving the team to attend college full-time, with aspirations for a pre-medical degree. Ware was replaced by Travis Kvapil in the No. 50.[5] Ware was scheduled to race at the Xfinity Series' Phoenix race in November, driving the No. 13 for MBM Motorsports, but his flight was delayed causing him to miss the race and later replaced by Rubén Pardo.

In June 2016, Ware attempted to make his Sprint Cup Series debut in the Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway, driving the No. 55 for Premium Motorsports, but he failed to qualify.[6]

Ware returned to the Truck Series in 2017, driving the No. 12 for RWR on a part-time basis.[7] He also joined RWR's Cup Series program, driving the No. 51 part-time.[8] He made his Cup debut in the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 at Atlanta, driving the No. 51 with sponsorship from Spoonful of Music and Bubba Burger.[9] Ware started and finished 39th, retiring from the race on lap 74 with steering problems.[10] At Dover and Pocono, Ware's No. 51 acquired sponsorship from East Carolina University and Clemson University, respectively, with the latter also featuring logos celebrating the football team's 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship win earlier in the year.[11][12] During the Dover race, Ware withdrew from the event after 283 of 406 laps after suffering from back pain. A week later at Pocono, he left the race after completing 35 laps, again for back problems.[13] He was scheduled to drive at Michigan but Ware decided to stay out of the car for the race and the team didn't find a replacement driver in time.

He returned to the No. 51 for Darlington's Bojangles' Southern 500, where he drove a car painted like Tom Cruise character Cole Trickle's Mello Yello vehicle of the same number in the film Days of Thunder; Ware's No. 51 featured logos saying "Pray for Texas", with RWR producing merchandise of the car and donating all proceeds to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.[14] On lap 157, Ware was involved in a wreck with Matt DiBenedetto and A. J. Allmendinger; after the race, Ware and DiBenedetto argued on Twitter over responsibility for the wreck. When DiBenedetto faulted Ware for the incident, the latter replied by falsely accusing him of infidelity, causing a firestorm that led to Ware deleting his social media for the rest of the season and up through 2018.[15] A few months later, in February 2018, Ware restarted his Facebook profile and announced his Asperger's diagnosis in May. Ware later revealed in a January 2019 interview that the incident with DiBenedetto was one of his "biggest setbacks ever," but acknowledged "hitting rock bottom (after that) was the best thing that happened to me because that really gave me the wake-up call of 'hey, this is only going to get worse, and you're never going to come back from it unless you do something about it right now.'"[16]

In 2018, Ware transitioned to motorcycle racing, though he made sporadic Truck and Xfinity Series starts for Mike Harmon Racing, while also returning to the Cup Series for RWR at Dover[17] and Sonoma Raceway, where he would DNF and place last.

Personal life[edit]

In February 2018, Ware tweeted that he struggles with depression and anxiety.[18] Three months later, he revealed on Facebook that he has Asperger syndrome.[19]

Motorsports career results[edit]

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics – Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Monster Energy Cup Series[edit]

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 MENCC Pts
2016 Premium Motorsports 55 Chevy DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN DOV CLT POC MCH SON
DNQ
DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN BRI MCH DAR RCH CHI NHA DOV CLT KAN TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 62nd 01
2017 Rick Ware Racing 51 Chevy DAY ATL
39
LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL KAN CLT DOV
35
POC
39
MCH SON DAY KEN NHA IND POC GLN MCH BRI DAR
37
RCH CHI NHA
39
DOV CLT TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM 43rd 6
2018 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL MAR TEX BRI RCH TAL DOV
36
KAN CLT POC MCH TAL
38
KAN MAR TEX PHO
28
HOM 42nd 112
52 SON
36
CHI DAY KEN NHA POC GLN MCH BRI DAR IND LVS RCH CLT DOV
2019 DAY
39
SON
36
CHI DAY KEN NHA POC 50th* 03
51 Ford ATL
33
TAL
28
DOV
34
CLT
38
POC MCH MCH
36
BRI DAR IND LVS RCH
Chevy LVS
35
PHO
32
CAL
32
MAR
36
TEX BRI RCH KAN
40
GLN
33
CLT
QL
DOV TAL KAN MAR TEX PHO HOM
– Qualified but replaced by J. J. Yeley
Daytona 500[edit]
Year Team Manufacturer Start Finish
2019 Rick Ware Racing Chevrolet 37 39

Xfinity Series[edit]

NASCAR Xfinity Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 NXSC Pts
2014 Rick Ware Racing 23 Chevy DAY PHO LVS BRI CAL TEX DAR RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH ROA KEN DAY NHA CHI IND IOW GLN MOH
15
BRI ATL RCH
29
CHI
29
KEN
32
DOV KAN CLT TEX PHO HOM 43rd 71
2015 MBM Motorsports 13 Dodge DAY ATL
31
113th 01
Rick Ware Racing 15 Chevy LVS
34
PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL IOW CLT DOV MCH CHI DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
2016 DAY ATL
31
45th 43
25 LVS
35
PHO CAL
31
TEX
36
BRI RCH TAL DOV
B. J. McLeod Motorsports 15 Ford CLT
38
POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW
Team Kapusta Racing 25 Chevy GLN
21
MOH BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM
2017 Mike Harmon Racing 74 Dodge DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL CLT DOV POC MCH IOW DAY KEN NHA IND IOW GLN
34
MOH
23
BRI ROA DAR RCH CHI KEN DOV CLT KAN TEX PHO HOM 105th 01
2018 DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI
30
RCH TAL DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW GLN 106th 01
B. J. McLeod Motorsports 8 Chevy MOH
33
BRI ROA
78 DAR
24
IND LVS RCH CLT DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM
2019 99 Toyota DAY ATL LVS PHO CAL TEX BRI RCH TAL
21
DOV CLT POC MCH IOW CHI DAY KEN NHA IOW -* -*
Chevy GLN
21
MOH BRI ROA DAR IND LVS RCH CLT
24
DOV KAN TEX PHO HOM

Camping World Truck Series[edit]

NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 NCWTC Pts
2014 Rick Ware Racing 5 Chevy DAY MAR KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW KEN IOW ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL
27
MAR TEX PHO HOM 105th 01
2015 MAKE Motorsports 50 Chevy DAY
DNQ
ATL
30
MAR
27
KAN CLT DOV TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 60th 31
2016 SS-Green Light Racing 07 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN DOV CLT TEX IOW GTW KEN ELD POC BRI MCH MSP
17
CHI NHA LVS TAL
21
MAR TEX PHO HOM 96th 01
2017 Beaver Motorsports 50 Chevy DAY ATL MAR KAN
22
DOV
18
TEX GTW IOW KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP CHI NHA LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 90th 01
Rick Ware Racing 12 Chevy CLT
DNQ
2018 Mike Harmon Racing 74 Chevy DAY
DNQ
ATL LVS MAR DOV KAN CLT TEX IOW GTW CHI KEN ELD POC MCH BRI MSP LVS TAL MAR TEX PHO HOM 114th 01

Whelen Southern Modified Tour[edit]

NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour results
Year Car owner No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 NSWMTC Pts
2013 Mike Speeney 80 Chevy CRW SNM SBO CRW CRW BGS
13
BRI LGY CRW CRW SNM CLT
20
29th 55
2014 31 CRW
13
SNM SBO LGY CRW BGS BRI LGY CRW SBO SNM CRW CRW CLT 28th 31

Toyota Series[edit]

NASCAR Toyota Series results
Year Team No. Make 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 NTSC Pts
2014 Miriam Ibarra 71 Toyota PHO MXC TUX MTY SLP QRO MXC AGS QRO PUE CHI SLP AGS TUX PUE
35
42nd 9

* Season still in progress
1 Ineligible for series points
2 Ware began the 2018 season racing for Truck Series points but switched to Cup Series points before the race at Sonoma.
3 Ware began the 2019 season racing for Cup Series points but switched to Xfinity Series points before the race at Talladega.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Cody Ware To Make NNS Debut. August 13, 2014. National Speed Sport News. Accessed 2014-08-16.
  2. ^ "NCWTS: MAKE Motorsports Expands to Two-Truck Operation for 2015; Cody Ware to Run Full-Time". Race Chaser Online. February 13, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital 200". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
  4. ^ Richardson, Ian (March 28, 2015). "NASCAR truck team showing progress in Shelby". The Shelby Star. Retrieved May 1, 2015. The team is running two trucks full-time this season. 19-year-old truck rookie Cody Ware is MAKE’s main driver, running in the No. 50 truck.
  5. ^ "TRAVIS KVAPIL TO DRIVE THE NO. 50 FOR MAKE". MAKE Motorsports. May 1, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
  6. ^ Wilson, Steven B. (June 17, 2016). "Third Generation Racer Cody Ware To Attempt Sprint Cup Debut". Speedway Digest. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  7. ^ Albino, Dustin (December 29, 2016). "Rick Ware Racing Move to Truck Series, Shut Down XFINITY Program". Frontstretch. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  8. ^ "RICK WARE RACING TO FIELD MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES TEAM". NASCAR. January 20, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
  9. ^ Jayski's Silly Season Site (March 2, 2017). "Cody Ware set for Cup Series debut at Atlanta". ESPN. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  10. ^ "2017 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  11. ^ Anders, Jordan (June 4, 2017). "ECU, race team have unique partnership". The Daily Reflector. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "Clemson logo will hit the NASCAR track in Pocono, Darlington". The Greenville News. June 2, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  13. ^ Jayski's Silly Season Site (June 15, 2017). "Ware suffering from back issues". ESPN. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
  14. ^ Martinelli, Michelle (August 31, 2017). "One NASCAR team changed its paint scheme to 'Pray for Texas'". USA Today. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
  15. ^ Marcano, Ray (September 6, 2017). "Cody Ware gets way out of line with a shameful slam against a fellow driver". AltDriver. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  16. ^ Long, Dustin (February 15, 2019). "Friday 5: Racer shares his struggles with depression, anxiety". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  17. ^ Nguyen, Justin (May 3, 2018). "Cody Ware making Cup season debut at Dover". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
  18. ^ Ware, Cody [@CodyShaneWare] (February 1, 2018). "I suffer from Depression and Anxiety, I've been taking 10mg of Lexapro for almost a year now. It's been a slow process but I'm fighting everyday to get myself under control so that I don't do damage to friends and family I love so much #BellLetsTalk" (Tweet). Retrieved May 13, 2018 – via Twitter.
  19. ^ Ware, Cody (May 12, 2018). "I have something I have been wanting to get off my..." Facebook. Retrieved May 13, 2018.

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