Cody Ware will return to the NASCAR Cup Series for his second full season in 2022, driving the No. 51 Ford Mustang for Rick Ware Racing. The 26-year-old officially confirmed his full-time return Friday Afternoon on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio.
— Cody Ware (@CodyShaneWare) January 14, 2022
Ware’s No. 51 Ford Mustang will have a boosted engine package from Roush-Yates Engines in 2022, as well as a technical alliance with championship-winning organization Stewart-Haas Racing, in an attempt to see Rick Ware Racing’s two entries become more competitive.
The Greensboro, North Carolina-native has recorded 55 prior starts in the NASCAR Cup Series over the last six seasons, recording a career-best result of 19th at Talladega Superspeedway in 2020.
In 32 starts last season, Ware recorded three top-25 results, including his season-best run of 21st in the season-opening Daytona 500.
Since joining NASCAR’s top-three series in 2014, Ware’s eight-season journey in underfunded equipment has resulted in a single top-10 finish, recording a seventh-place result in the rain at Charlotte’s ROVAL in 2020.
Ware will join Stewart-Haas Racing reserve driver Ryan Preece, and two-time NASCAR Cup Series winner David Ragan as drivers confirmed to be competing for Rick Ware Racing in some capacity for 2022.