Rick Ware Racing announced Monday a new technical alliance with Roush Fenway Keselowski Racing for the 2023 NASCAR Cup Series season and beyond.
RWR will lease space on the RFK campus located in Concord, N.C., after previously operating out of their main shop in Mooresville, N.C.
RWR previously had established a relationship with Stewart-Haas Racing intermittently between 2018 and last season, with SHR and Ford drivers Cole Custer, Joey Hand, and Ryan Preece all racing for the 59-year-old Los Angeles, Cali.-born owner.
In the organization’s first year with two cars, instead of four, Cody Ware had his and the 51 team’s best career finish of 6th place at Daytona in August. David Ragan’s Daytona 500 performance ended in a crash but he set the best finish for the 15 team, in eighth at Daytona in August.
Cody also set the team’s best non-superspeedway/non-road course result with a 17th-place finish at Bristol this September. That race was won by RFK driver Chris Buescher. Buescher led 169 laps and team co-owner Brad Keselowski led 109 laps, for a combined 278 of 500 laps led between the duo.
With the team now based on-site with the Roush group, the two organizations look to strengthen their on-track results for the upcoming season after 2022 saw 19 different winners amidst the debut of the Gen 7 car.
“At its core, it’s a technical alliance with a twist,” RFK president Steve Newmark said. “Getting on our campus, we’ll have even closer interaction just because of the proximity and the fact that Robby [Benton; president of RWR] and Jeremy Thompson (RFK competition director) and folks will be talking.”