David Ragan returns to the NASCAR Cup Series yet again in the Daytona 500 in 2022, this time with Rick Ware Racing, RWR announced Jan. 12.
Ragan will drive RWR’s No. 15 in the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway.
Since retiring from full-time competition after the 2019 season, Ragan has competed in the Daytona 500 each year. He finished fourth in 2020 in a car fielded in a partnership between RWR and Front Row Motorsports, followed by a 37th-place run for FRM last year.
According to an RWR release, Ragan will buck that trend in 2022, competing in a part-time schedule for the team in the series. His non-Daytona starts were not announced at press time.
— Rick Ware Racing (@RickWareRacing) January 12, 2022
“I am thrilled to be back in the Daytona 500 driving the new 2022 Ford Mustang for RWR,” Ragan said in a team release. “I have always loved racing at Daytona, and know that we will have a shot to lead laps and contend for the win this year. The Daytona 500 is a special race with the best drivers in the world, and I cant wait to hit the track.”
Added team owner Rick Ware, ““I am really excited to have David back behind the wheel of one of our Rick Ware Racing Fords. David is a great asset to the RWR family. In 2020, RWR scored our first top five in the Daytona 500 with Ragan behind the wheel, and I’m optimistic that through our new Ford Performance alliance, we could see that No. 15 leading the field to the checkered flag on Feb. 20.”
Ragan is the first driver to be announced to RWR’s Cup lineup for 2022. In 2021, the team fielded four full-time cars, the Nos. 15, 51, 52 and 53, with the expectation for 2022 that it will enter just two full-time teams this year.
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