NASCAR has indefinitely suspended driver Carson Ware for a behavioral violation after he was arrested Wednesday morning due to an incident at a Rowan County, N.C. residence. Ware, who races part-time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series, has been charged with three misdemeanors, including assault on a woman, simple assault and damage to personal property.
According to a press release by the Rowan County Sheriff's Office, deputies were dispatched at around 2:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning to the residence of Kenneth Evans -- the crew chief for Rick Ware Racing's Xfinity team -- who Carson Ware had been living with "while he recovered from some recent rehab." Ware had allegedly returned to the residence "very intoxicated and belligerent" and became violent after being advised to go to bed several times.
Ware allegedly pushed Evans' wife and slapped her in the face, which lead to the couple locking themselves in their bedroom. Deputies found clothes and broken glass leading down the hallway to the bedroom, along with damaged paintings, wall art and televisions. In addition, the bedroom door had been shattered and its door frame busted.
Ware, the 21-year old son of car owner Rick Ware and brother of NASCAR Cup Series driver Cody Ware, was arrested with his bond set at $1,000. A court date has been scheduled for Nov. 19.
Ware, who has competed in six Xfinity races this season, was entered as the driver of the No. 17 Chevrolet for SS Green Light Racing, which they field in conjunction with Rick Ware Racing. The car will be driven by Garrett Smithley instead.
"While I am frustrated by the actions of Carson, I am even more disappointed for (car owner) Bobby Dotter and his entire team," read a statement by Rick Ware. "Bobby has been a great ally through the years, and I hate to see SS Green Light Racing come under scrutiny due to actions that do not reflect the reputation and image that Bobby has worked hard to uphold over the years.
"My hope is that Carson will get the help that he needs during this difficult time."
Ware has run a limited schedule since June, driving for SS Green Light Racing as well as two starts for Mike Harmon Racing and Jimmy Means Racing. His best finish has been 28th on two occasions. His suspension fell under Section 12.8.1.e of the member conduct guidelines of the NASCAR rule book, which include "Being charged with or convicted of significant criminal violations ... or having had determinations rendered by criminal or civil authorities that in NASCAR's judgement necessitate action."