NASCAR Cup Series driver Cody Ware escaped serious injury Sunday after a hard crash at Texas Motor Speedway in the Autotrader EchoPark Automotive 500.
Ware lost control of his No. 51 Rick Ware Racing Ford coming off turn 4, hit the outside wall hard on lap 168, then went across the track and hit the pit road wall.
Here is a replay of what happened to @CodyShaneWare.
A very hard hit for the No. 51. He is being taken to the infield care center.#NASCAR #NASCARPlayoffs pic.twitter.com/9F9k8CIKVF
— NASCAR on TSN (@NASCARonTSN) September 25, 2022
Rescue workers loaded Ware onto a stretcher following the accident. He was taken to the infield care center rather than a major medical center, which is always a good sign. More good news followed, as NASCAR announced Ware had been treated and released, and had no concussion or broken bones (via Fox Sports’ Bob Pockrass).
No broken bones and no concussion for Cody Ware, who underwent x-rays in the care center and has been released. Some ankle discomfort. Team manager Robby Benton feels like he should be ok to drive next week but will need NASCAR approval.
— Bob Pockrass (@bobpockrass) September 25, 2022
Here’s another look at Ware’s crash from his on-board camera.
Cody Ware in car crash. Wow pic.twitter.com/fmeylE4m5K
— 𝕭𝖗𝖆𝖉 (@kvapilnation) September 25, 2022
The 26-year-old Ware has made 85 career NASCAR Cup Series starts, with a best finish of sixth at Daytona last month.
Rick Ware Racing released a statement after the driver’s release thanking fans for their support.
“We are thankful to the track safety crews and medical personnel, as well as the stringent safety measures NASCAR institutes,” the statement read.
— Rick Ware Racing (@RickWareRacing) September 25, 2022
Ware’s accident prompted debate on social media as to whether NASCAR’s much-maligned Next Gen car could somehow be to blame for the incident.
This current generation of cup car is going to kill someone. That was a vicious crash for cody ware. #nascar #nascarcup #texas
— Nate Burrows (@HawkeyeAvGeek) September 25, 2022
Oh dear, Another bad wreck & Cody Ware weary getting out of this next gen car #Texas
— SpeedFreaks (@SpeedFreaks) September 25, 2022