The No. 42 NASCAR Chevy Camaro ZL1 will have Josh Berry behind the wheel beginning this weekend at Michigan, as regular driver Noah Gragson has been suspended by his team, Legacy Motor Club (LMC) and NASCAR indefinitely.
Gragson formerly drove the No. 42 NASCAR Chevy full-time, and 2023 marked his first season as a Cup Series driver. However, Gragson recently liked a racially insensitive post on social media, and LMC elected to suspend him as the organization felt said post did not align with its values.
“We have made the decision to suspend Noah Gragson effective immediately regarding his actions that do not represent the values of our team,” LMC said in a statement. “Josh Berry will drive the No. 42 entry for this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Michigan.”
The NASCAR sanctioning body agreed with LMC, stating, “NASCAR fully supports Legacy Motor Club’s decision to suspend Noah Gragson. Following his actions on social media, NASCAR has determined that Gragson has violated the Member Conduct section of the 2023 NASCAR Rule Book and has placed him under indefinite suspension.”
In a statement, Gragson said, “I am disappointed in myself for my lack of attention and actions on social media. I understand the severity of this situation. I love and appreciate everyone. I try to treat everyone equally no matter who they are. I messed up plain and simple.”
Berry, who will take over the No. 42 NASCAR Chevy this weekend at Michigan on August 6th, 2023, is currently the driver of the No. 8 Camaro in the Xfinity Series. He will move up to the Cup Series full-time in the 2024 racing season, albeit behind the wheel of a Blue Oval racer, taking over the No. 4 Ford Mustang for the retiring Kevin Harvick.
At this time, it’s unclear when, or if, NASCAR will reinstate Gragson.