NASCAR Cup Series driver Noah Gragson, who was indefinitely suspended for a controversial action on social media, saw his uncertain future play out on Twitter Tuesday morning with a pair of widely conflicting reports.
The Athletic’s Jordan Bianchi reported that Legacy Motor Club has “parted ways” with Gragson and he will not return to the team’s No. 42 car.
However, a later report by Motorsport.com’s Jim Utter noted that, “@LegacyMotorclub confirms it has NOT parted ways with driver @NoahGragson contrary to reports.”
— Jim Utter (@jim_utter) August 8, 2023
At first glance, it appears both reports can’t possibly be right. However, it’s possible that the decision has 100 percent been made for the team to “part ways” with Gragson, but it just hasn’t been officially announced.
Either way, Gragson remains persona non grata in the NASCAR garage, following his controversial social media action. The 25-year-old Gragson liked an Instagram meme that mocked George Floyd’s death in 2020. Gragson apologized on Twitter Saturday.
“I am disappointed in myself for my lack of attention and actions on social media,” Gragson said. “I understand the severity of this situation. I love and appreciate everyone. I try to treat everyone equally no matter who they are. I messed up plain and simple.”
Legacy Motor Club suspended Gragson Saturday for that action and NASCAR followed with an indefinite suspension. Josh Berry drove the No. 42 car last weekend at Michigan. The team scored a big win Tuesday, landing road-course veteran Mike Rockenfeller to drive this weekend at Indianapolis and the following week at Watkins Glen.
Road Course Veteran Mike Rockenfeller to pilot the LEGACY MOTOR CLUB No. 42 Sunseeker Resort Chevrolet at Indianapolis Motor Speedway Road Course and Watkins Glen pic.twitter.com/AHmLjsCQF4
— LEGACY MOTOR CLUB (@LegacyMotorclub) August 8, 2023
For now, Gragson’s future remains unclear. He has one top-five finish in 39 career NASCAR Cup Series starts.