Following an arrest and felony assault charge for “assault by strangulation” inflicting serious injury and misdemeanor assault on a woman in North Carolina, NASCAR has suspended driver Cody Ware indefinitely. The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the charges against Ware, who was later released on $3,000 bail.
In response to the suspension, Rick Ware Racing, owned by Cody’s father, Rick Ware, released a statement accepting NASCAR’s decision and acknowledging the ongoing investigation. Cody Ware is fully cooperating with authorities, and his court date is scheduled for May 1st.
On Saturday, the team announced that Ware would be stepping away from racing to attend to a personal matter. As a result, he was unable to compete in Sunday’s Cup race at Bristol Motor Speedway. At present, Ware is ranked 31st in the championship standings and has made 97 career starts since joining the Cup Series in 2017. His best finish to date was sixth place at Daytona International Speedway in August of last year.