NASCAR and sports car racing veteran Cody Ware will make his NTT INDYCAR SERIES debut this weekend in the REV Group Grand Prix at Road America with Dale Coyne Racing with RWR aboard the team’s No. 52 Nurtec ODT (rimegepant) entry.
Ware, who drives full time in the NASCAR Cup Series for Rick Ware Racing (RWR), got his first taste of an INDYCAR SERIES car earlier this year during a test day with the team at Sebring International Raceway. Ware, from Greensboro, North Carolina, also turned his first laps at Road America two weeks ago as part of a rookie test day.
“To be a part of an NTT INDYCAR SERIES race is such an honor and a surreal experience for me," Ware said. "I never would’ve thought that I would ever go down the open-wheel route for a multitude of reasons. But thanks to RWR, Dale Coyne Racing and Biohaven / Nurtec ODT, I am getting an opportunity to compete at the highest level of open-wheel motorsport in the U.S.
"Road America is an ideal place to make my debut, and I am so excited to learn and soak it all in. Having two great teammates such as Romain Grosjean and Ed Jones will help take some of the edge off the learning curve, if only a little.”
In addition to his time in the NASCAR Cup and the Xfinity Series this season, Ware finished fourth in the LMP2 Class at the 24 Hours of Daytona earlier this year. Ware, 25, has a diverse racing pedigree, taking home Rookie of the Year honors in the 2014 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series and claiming the 2019/2020 LMP2 Asian Le Mans Championship.
“What started as a three- to four-race sponsorship to roll out a marketing program for BioHaven and Nurtec ODT (rimegepant) in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES turned into a full-season sponsorship commitment with the No. 51 Honda,” said Rick Ware, owner of Rick Ware Racing and co-entrant of Dale Coyne Racing with RWR. “Thanks to their continued partnership, we’re excited to add a few races for the No. 52 entry, starting with Road America this weekend.”
Cody Ware will take to the track Friday, June 18 for his first official NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice session. Live coverage of the REV Group Grand Prix starts at noon (ET) Sunday, June 20 on NBCSN and the INDYCAR Radio Network, with the 55-lap race starting at 12:45 p.m.