It’s been a tumultuous week for Noah Gragson and it has ended with the 25-year-old racer requesting to be released from his LEGACY MOTOR CLUB driving contract.
Gragson, who has piloted the No. 42 Chevrolet Camaro for the team this season, said in a statement that he hopes to make everyone proud of him again someday.
“I have asked LEGACY MOTOR CLUB to release me from my contract so that I can take time to work through the NASCAR reinstatement process,” Gragson said. “I love racing, and I am looking forward to a second chance to compete for wins at the highest level of NASCAR – and most importantly, make my family, my team, and the fans proud of me once again.”
While its a sad end to their pairing, LEGACY MOTOR CLUB wants to reiterate that they believe in the talent that Gragson has behind the wheel, and the organization is happy that the driver is taking this suspension seriously.
“Noah has a ton of talent and has a great personality. This is a difficult situation, but we are proud that Noah has taken ownership of his actions and are confident he will work through this process with NASCAR and come back stronger,” said Cal Wells III, CEO for LEGACY MOTOR CLUB.
Mike Rockenfeller, a known road racing ace, will fill in as the driver of the No. 42 car this weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and at next weekend’s event at Watkins Glen International.
The driver of the car following Watkins Glen is unknown at this time.
Gragson was suspended by LEGACY MOTOR CLUB and indefinitely suspended by NASCAR after it was found that he liked an insensitive meme mocking the death of George Floyd.
The Las Vegas native missed one race earlier this year at Sonoma Raceway, while recovering from concussion-like symptoms following a hard crash after a brake rotor exploded on his car at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway.
Gragson ranks 33rd in the NASCAR Cup Series point standings.