Noah Gragson has signed a multiyear deal to become the driver of the No. 10 Ford Mustand at Stewart-Haas Racing.
Gragson will take over the seat of the No. 10 car following 39 starts in the NASCAR Cup Series spread across multiple teams. He replaces Aric Almirola who vacated the ride as he stepped away from racing in NASCAR’s top series.
“Noah deserves to be in the NASCAR Cup Series and we’re very happy to have him as the driver of our No. 10 Ford Mustang,” said co-owner Tony Stewart. “Noah has performed at every level where he’s competed and has regularly been in championship contention. That’s the kind of driver we need at Stewart-Haas and that’s why Noah is a part of our team.”
Gragson has 13 wins in the Xfinity Series and had been the driver of the No. 42 car at Legacy Motor Club prior to asking for his release after a suspension which came after it was discovered that he had liked a social media post which was interpreted as making light of the death of George Floyd.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity with Stewart-Haas Racing and while most people in the industry are happy that the offseason is here, I want to get started on 2024 and go racing as soon as I can,” Gragson said. “Stewart-Haas is filled with racers and I saw that and felt it as soon as I walked onto the shop floor. There are high expectations here and a strong desire to compete and win races. I have high expectations for myself and I want to deliver for Tony and Gene and everyone at Stewart-Haas.”
Gragson will be paired with crew chief Drew Blickensderfer. The duo will make their debut together in the non-points paying Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on Feb. 4.
“I race to win and winning at the Cup level is what I’ve been working toward since I started racing Bandoleros as a 13-year-old at the Bullring in Las Vegas,” Gragson said. “To be with an established team with a history of winning is what every driver wants. I’ve got exactly that here at Stewart-Haas and I aim to make the most of it.”