Ware's No. 52 at Sonoma in 2018
|Born||Cody Shane Ware|
November 7, 1995
Greensboro, North Carolina
|Height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Awards||2014 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Rookie of the Year|
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series career|
|22 races run over 3 years|
|Car no., team||No. 52 (Rick Ware Racing)|
|Best finish||42nd (2018)|
|First race||2017 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 (Atlanta)|
|Last race||2019 Consumers Energy 400 (Michigan)|
|NASCAR Xfinity Series career|
|20 races run over 5 years|
|Car no., team||No. 99 (B. J. McLeod Motorsports)|
|Best finish||43rd (2014)|
|First race||2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital 200 (Mid-Ohio)|
|Last race||2019 Drive for the Cure 250 (Charlotte Roval)|
|NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series career|
|7 races run over 4 years|
|Best finish||60th (2015)|
|First race||2014 Fred's 250 (Talladega)|
|Last race||2017 Bar Harbor 200 (Dover)|
|NASCAR PEAK Mexico Series career|
|1 race run over 1 year|
|Best finish||42nd (2014)|
|First race||2014 Puebla 240 (Puebla)|
|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.
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.
Sports car racing
In 2014, Ware competed in the Lamborghini Super Trofero North America series, winning Rookie of the Year honors.
In 2015, Ware joined MAKE Motorsports full-time for the 2015 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series season, competing for Rookie of the Year honors. 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. 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.
Ware returned to the Truck Series in 2017, driving the No. 12 for RWR on a part-time basis. He also joined RWR's Cup Series program, driving the No. 51 part-time. 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. Ware started and finished 39th, retiring from the race on lap 74 with steering problems. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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.'"
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 and Sonoma Raceway, where he would DNF and place last.
Motorsports career results
(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
|Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series results|
|2017||Rick Ware Racing||51||Chevy||DAY||ATL
|† – Qualified but replaced by J. J. Yeley|
|2019||Rick Ware Racing||Chevrolet||37||39|
Camping World Truck Series
|NASCAR Camping World Truck Series results|
|2014||Rick Ware Racing||5||Chevy||DAY||MAR||KAN||CLT||DOV||TEX||GTW||KEN||IOW||ELD||POC||MCH||BRI||MSP||CHI||NHA||LVS||TAL
|2016||SS-Green Light Racing||07||Chevy||DAY||ATL||MAR||KAN||DOV||CLT||TEX||IOW||GTW||KEN||ELD||POC||BRI||MCH||MSP
|Rick Ware Racing||12||Chevy||CLT
|2018||Mike Harmon Racing||74||Chevy||DAY
Whelen Southern Modified Tour
|NASCAR Whelen Southern Modified Tour results|
|NASCAR Toyota Series results|
* 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.
- Cody Ware To Make NNS Debut. August 13, 2014. National Speed Sport News. Accessed 2014-08-16.
- "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.
- "2014 Nationwide Children's Hospital 200". Racing-Reference. USA Today Sports Media Group. Retrieved 2014-08-16.
- 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.
- "TRAVIS KVAPIL TO DRIVE THE NO. 50 FOR MAKE". MAKE Motorsports. May 1, 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2015.
- Wilson, Steven B. (June 17, 2016). "Third Generation Racer Cody Ware To Attempt Sprint Cup Debut". Speedway Digest. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
- Albino, Dustin (December 29, 2016). "Rick Ware Racing Move to Truck Series, Shut Down XFINITY Program". Frontstretch. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
- "RICK WARE RACING TO FIELD MONSTER ENERGY NASCAR CUP SERIES TEAM". NASCAR. January 20, 2017. Retrieved January 20, 2017.
- Jayski's Silly Season Site (March 2, 2017). "Cody Ware set for Cup Series debut at Atlanta". ESPN. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
- "2017 Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500". Racing-Reference. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
- Anders, Jordan (June 4, 2017). "ECU, race team have unique partnership". The Daily Reflector. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- "Clemson logo will hit the NASCAR track in Pocono, Darlington". The Greenville News. June 2, 2017. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- Jayski's Silly Season Site (June 15, 2017). "Ware suffering from back issues". ESPN. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
- Martinelli, Michelle (August 31, 2017). "One NASCAR team changed its paint scheme to 'Pray for Texas'". USA Today. Retrieved September 4, 2017.
- 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.
- Long, Dustin (February 15, 2019). "Friday 5: Racer shares his struggles with depression, anxiety". NBC Sports. Retrieved March 18, 2019.
- Nguyen, Justin (May 3, 2018). "Cody Ware making Cup season debut at Dover". The Checkered Flag. Retrieved May 4, 2018.
- 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.
- Ware, Cody (May 12, 2018). "I have something I have been wanting to get off my..." Facebook. Retrieved May 13, 2018.