Jimmie Johnson’s team parted ways with Noah Gragson after the social media controversy

Noah Gragson has decided to exit Legacy MC.


Jimmie Johnson’s team parted ways with Noah Gragson after the social media controversy

Noah Gragson and Jimmie Johnson (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

NASCAR Cup Series rookie Noah Gragson was suspended indefinitely, first by his team Legacy Motor Club and then by the premier stock car racing organization. The 2022 Xfinity Series runner-up found himself in an unfortunate situation after liking a social media post. It was a meme mocking the death of George Floyd by the police.

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Screenshot proof Gragson liking the post went viral on the internet, and the Jimmie Johnson co-owned team wasted no time taking action. The youngster took it to social media to apologize for the mess up after LMC announced his suspension as they deemed his action not a representation of the team’s values.

The Athletics first claimed that LMC had completely parted ways with the driver following the incident. NBC Sports later reported that they have confirmed after seeking answers from the team that such a decision hasn’t been taken. Legacy MC has now confirmed that Gragson has asked to part ways with the team, and the team has agreed to the request. The youngster will work on redeeming himself by proving himself in racing.

Gragson said in a statement released by LMC, “I have asked LEGACY MOTOR CLUB to release me from my contract so that I can take time to work through the NASCAR reinstatement process. I love racing, and I am looking forward to a second chance to compete for wins at the highest level of NASCAR – and, most importantly, make my family, my team, and the fans proud of me once again.”

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Mike Rockenfeller will drive for LMC in the coming Road Course races

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Jimmie Johnson, Mike Rockenfeller and Jenson Button (Credits: RACER)

LMC has turned to veteran Mike Rockenfeller in the tough times. Johnson, who joined the team as co-owner in 2023, believes that his former endurance racing teammate is the right guy to assist the team in the tough times. He is confident the N:42 car could secure the best finishes possible with Chevy.

Rocky and I were teammates and helped develop the G56 program. I couldn’t think of a better person to assist our Club in this tough situation. These back-to-back road course events will be great for Rocky from the technical side as they will bring out his expertise. Rocky is extremely knowledgeable and talented, and I know he will get us the best results possible,” Johnson said.

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