Noah Gragson will compete full-time in the Cup Series with NASCAR Ford team Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR) beginning in 2024, according to a recent report from NASCAR.com. He’ll take over the No. 10 Mustang, replacing Aric Almirola, who retired after completion of the 2023 season.
Gragson’s crew will be headed by crew chief Dick Blickensderfer, who is returning for his third season with the No. 10 NASCAR Ford team. SHR indicated that it would reveal Gragson’s sponsors at a later date.
Previously, Gragson drove for a Chevy-backed team in the Cup Series. The 2023 season was expected to be his first full-time season in NASCAR’s premiere division where he drove the No. 42 Chevy Camaro ZL1 for Legacy Motor Club (LMC), but he was suspended indefinitely by the sanctioning body in August after engaging with a racially insensitive meme on social media. Gragson and LMC agreed to part ways shortly thereafter, and he was reinstated by NASCAR in mid-September, making him eligible for competition once more.
Since being suspended, Gragson stated that he has been working with a psychiatrist and has read quite a few self-help books in the interest of improving his habits ahead of the 2024 racing season.
“I think just all the opportunities and experiences and time I’ve spent with different people and just listening and learning, right, I think that’s given me a new understanding,” Gragson said in a statement. “And being out of the race car, it’s not fun watching somebody else do your job, right? And I’ve grown a new appreciation and love back for the sport, where I might have been a little burnt-out last year and be the first one to admit it. But the passion and the love I have for the sport is higher than it’s ever been right now.”
Gragson will race alongside NASCAR Ford teammate Josh Berry, who has been tapped to drive the No. 4 Mustang for SHR, replacing Kevin Harvick who also retired at the end of last season. It’s also worth noting that Almirola has joined Toyota team Joe Gibbs Racing (JGR) to compete part-time in the Xfinity Series in 2024.