In its expansion to four full-time Cup Series teams over the past several seasons, Rick Ware Racing has made quite a footprint in NASCAR’s top level. And in order to expand its footprint further, the team has settled on a new manufacturer while also aligning themselves with one of the premier race teams and engine shops in stock car racing.
On Sunday, Rick Ware Racing announced that the team would move to fielding Fords in 2022 while forming alliances with both Stewart-Haas Racing and Roush Yates Engines. The team will receive engineering support from Stewart-Haas while also leasing Roush Yates Engines, the powerplant used by the top Ford teams in the Cup Series.
Rick Ware Racing’s new alliance with Stewart-Haas Racing is an expansion of a previously-existing relationship between the two teams. Rick Ware Racing fielded a car for Stewart-Haas driver Cole Custer in three Cup races in 2019, and the team has also utilized a Stewart-Haas developmental pit crew.
“I am excited to have an engineering alliance with a great team like SHR, to be able to assist in building our cars and have the support thru this major development process, all the way thru the 2022 season,” read a statement by Rick Ware. “Partnering with Roush Yates Engines and SHR is the logical next step in continuing to grow as an organization.”
Rick Ware Racing has fielded four full-time Cup teams this season, using a mixture of Chevrolets and Fords along with a mixture of different drivers. Josh Bilicki has raced the full season for Ware, Cody Ware has run most of the season, and the team’s other primary drivers have included Garrett Smithley, James Davison, and Joey Gase. The team has one top 10 finish, which came when Bilicki finished 10th at Daytona in August.
According to Dustin Long of NBC Sports, Ware told reporters on Sunday that he plans to field two full-time teams in 2022 and is looking at a third. With the debut of the Next Gen car in 2022, Ware stated that he is currently “not prepared” to run four cars.