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Cody Shane Ware Set For NASCAR Nationwide Series Debut With Rick Ware Racing

1LEXINGTON, Ohio (August 13, 2014) - - Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that 18-year old racecar driver Cody Ware will make his NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this Saturday from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200.

Ware, a former Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) competitor will drive the No. 23 38 Special / Lilly Trucking Chevrolet Camaro for his father, longtime NASCAR owner and former driver Rick Ware. It seems only fitting for the teenager to make his Nationwide Series debut on a road course. This season, the third-generation driver has been competing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Series, where he has earned two wins in his Lamborghini Super Trofeo class and placing third overall at Watkins Glen (N.Y.) International twice. Ware is hoping he can apply those road racing skills in the final road course race of the season.

“I am very excited to finally be making my NASCAR Nationwide Series debut this weekend,” said Cody Ware. “The fact that I will be getting to race for my family makes it even greater. I am extremely grateful for everything and everyone that has made this possible.

“Mike Vazquez and 38 Special have made this race possible for me, they have been extremely good to me throughout the year, and I want to show them how much I appreciate their belief in me with a good run on Saturday. I also have to thank Dennis and Sharon Lilly from Lilly Trucking for their continued support of RWR and helping us get to the track not only this weekend, but for the last several years.”

With a strong field on deck for the 2.25-mile, 13-turn course, Ware is hoping to play their strategy right and be in contention for a top-15 finish in the 22nd race of the year.

“I know Saturday won’t be easy, but we’re up for the challenge,” Ware added. “Our team had a strong run at Road America with Kevin O’Connell in June and I think if we play our cards right we could find ourselves in a similar spot. While we strive to have goals on Saturday, the most important thing for me and our team is see the checkered flag.”

For car owner and father Rick Ware, Saturday’s race will be one of the greatest moments of his racing career.

“It is very exciting to be at the track and have my son, Cody drive for my team,” offered Rick Ware. “My father made his NASCAR debut in 1982 and I made mine in 1983 at Riverside (Calif.) Raceway. This is our family business and it has taken a lot of help from family, friends and sponsors to make this happen for Cody Shane. I believe he can be patient and learn something every lap in his Nationwide debut. Most of all, I hope he can take it all in, have fun and realize what a privilege it is to run a NASCAR Nationwide Series and be a part of the NASCAR family. There is only one first race. I think he’ll make the best of it!”

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200 (90 Laps / 203.22 miles) is set for Saturday August 16, 2014. The third and final road course race of the year is scheduled to air live on ESPN, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 beginning at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

For more on Cody Shane Ware, follow him @CodyShaneWare.

Rick Ware Racing is on Twitter. Follow them @RickWareRacing.

PHOTO CAPTION: Cody Shane Ware driver of the No. 23 38 Special / Lilly Trucking Chevrolet Camaro for Rick Ware Racing in the NASCAR Nationwide Series.

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Carlos Contreras Rejoins Rick Ware Racing For Daytona


DAYTONA BEACH, Florida (July 1, 2014) - Officials from Rick Ware Racing (RWR) announced today that Carlos Contreras, the first NASCAR Mexican-born driver will rejoin the team for Friday’s Subway Firecracker 250 from Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.

Contreras, who is poised to make his 100th career NASCAR national series start later this season with Rick Ware Racing, will receive plenty of support in his return to the 2.5-mile superspeedway.

RaceTrac will adorn the hood of the No. 87 Chevrolet Camaro as the primary marketing partner in the third and final restrictor plate race of the season. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, RaceTrac has been serving guests since 1934 and now operates more than 370 convenience stores locations in Georgia, Florida, Louisiana and Texas. Additionally, Contreras will garner support from new sponsor,, the Hispanic version of Craigslist for the United States and Mexico.

“I’m looking forward to Daytona this weekend,” said Contreras, who made his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series start in 1999 at Auto Club (Calif.) Speedway. “This is a great opportunity for me and Rick Ware Racing to have a strong finish under the lights on the Fourth of July for our sponsors, RaceTrac Convenience Stores, 38 Special, Voli Vodka, Global Aircraft Solutions and It’s going to be an experience I will never forget!”

“RaceTrac is proud to partner with Rick Ware Racing, and to support driver Carlos Contreras at the Daytona Nationwide race on July 4th,” said RaceTrac spokesperson Ashleigh Collins. “At RaceTrac, we live for fun every day, so partnering with the No. 87 RaceTrac Chevrolet Camaro is a perfect way to deliver on that promise.”

Contreras’s monumental moment this weekend from the “World Center of Racing” will also come with a special message. With the support of, he will also encourage other race fans to join him in his pledge not to “text and drive.”

“It’s so easy to get distracted texting and driving,” Contreras added. “But, at what cost? It’s important to know the consequences of texting and driving and I just hope race fans will join me in being responsible when it comes to the road.”

Car owner Rick Ware is looking forward to being a part of Contreras’ trip to Daytona.

“We are excited about having Carlos back in time for Daytona, one of my favorite tracks,” Ware said. “I’m looking forward to having a great finish with him, RaceTrac and all of our RWR partners.”

In addition to RaceTrac and, 38 Special, Voli, Lilly Trucking and Global Aircraft will serve as associate marketing partners for the 16th Nationwide Series race of the year, Contreras’s 94th NASCAR National series start.

Following Daytona, Contreras is schedule to pilot a Rick Ware Racing car at New Hampshire Motors Speedway, Atlanta (Ga.) Motor Speedway, Kentucky Speedway, Texas Motor Speedway and the 2014 season-finale at Homestead-Miami (Fla.) Speedway in November.

The Subway Firecracker 250 is set for Friday, July 4, 2014, otherwise known as Independence Day. The second NNS race from Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway this season is scheduled to air live on ESPN 2, the Motor Racing Network (MRN) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 90 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Eastern.

For more on Carlos Contreras, follow him on Twitter or visit his Facebook page.

Rick Ware Racing is on Twitter. Follow them @RickWareRacing.

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