NASCAR handed Cup Series driver Cody Ware an indefinite suspension on Monday after he was arrested on a felony charge of assault by strangulation and a misdemeanor charge of assault on a female.
The alleged incident occurred on April 3 at a home in Mooresville, North Carolina, according to TMZ Sports. The 27-year old was taken to a jail in Iredell County, North Carolina, where his bail was set at $3,000, according to NASCAR. Bond records show that he was released from custody on Monday afternoon.
Ware didn’t participate in this week’s race at Bristol. Rick Ware Racing, owned by his father, released a statement this past Saturday saying the Cup Series driver was away “to focus on a personal matter.” He was replaced in the No. 51 Ford by Craftsman Truck Series veteran Matt Crafton. Crafton finished 34th, blighted by an engine failure.
On Monday, Rick Ware Racing released another statement, announcing it “understands” and “accepts” NASCAR’s decision. The racing organization will announce its plans for the No. 51 car in the coming few days.
￼Rick Ware Racing Statement Regarding Cody Ware— Rick Ware Racing (@RickWareRacing) April 10, 2023
MOORESVILLE, NC (April 10, 2023) -- We are aware of the incident regarding Cody Ware and his indefinite suspension from NASCAR competition. We understand NASCAR’s position on this matter and accept their decision.
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Ware has been on the Cup Series circuit since 2017. His best finish in 97 career starts is sixth place, which he achieved at Daytona last year.