NASCAR has suspended driver Cody Ware indefinitely after he was arrested on felony assault in North Carolina on Monday, according to jail records.
Ware, 27, was arrested by the Iredell County Sheriff’s Office around 10:30 a.m. and charged with felony «assault by strangulation-inflicting serious injury» and misdemeanor assault on a female, according to online records.
He was released hours later on $3,000 bond.
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NASCAR officials announced Ware’s indefinite suspension on Twitter following his arrest.
According to a police report obtained by The Associated Press, the arrest stems from an alleged domestic violence incident that took place shortly before midnight on April 3.
News of Ware’s arrest follows his absence from NASCAR Cup Series dirt race at Bristol Motor Speedway on Saturday.
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Rick Ware Racing, owned by Ware’s father, made the announcement citing a «personal matter.»
«Cody Ware will step away from racing this weekend at Bristol Motor Speedway to focus on a personal matter,» the statement read. «Matt Crafton will drive the No. 51 Ford Mustang for Rick Ware Racing.»
Rick Ware Racing issued a statement Monday stating that Ware is «fully cooperating with authorities.»
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«We are aware of the incident involving Cody Ware and his indefinite suspension from NASCAR competition. We understand NASCAR’s position on this matter and accept its decision,» the statement read.
«The matter is still under investigation and Cody is cooperating fully with authorities while due process continues. RWR is committed to continuing our multi-car efforts in the NASCAR Cup Series and is in the process of finalizing our plans for the No. 51 entry at Martinsville Speedway and beyond».
Ware is currently ranked 31st in the Cup standings.
Associated Press contributed to this report.