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Suspended NASCAR driver's replacement named as future uncertain

Noah Gragson is currently indefinitely suspended by NASCAR after his social media activity.

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Noah Gragson's future with Legacy Motor Club remains unclear as the NASCAR Cup Series team has announced his replacement for the upcoming races.

Gragson was indefinitely suspended by NASCAR and the Jimmie Johnson-Richard Petty owned team after liking an Instagram post allegedly mocking the 2020 murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis that sparked worldwide Black Lives Matter protests.

The Cup Series rookie was replaced at short notice by Josh Berry for last weekend's race at Michigan, but the team has now confirmed that Gragson is to be replaced for upcoming races by road course specialist Mike Rockenfeller.

Rockenfeller is set to drive the #42 Chevrolet Camaro at both the Indianapolis and Watkins Glen events, having made sproadic Cup Series appearances.

The German was part of the Garage 56 team that took on the Le Mans 24 Hours in a heavily-modified Cup car with Johnson and 2009 Formula 1 World Champion Jenson Button part of the driving line-up.

As for Gragson, he has endured a tricky first full-time Cup season, with US media reporting that he is set to depart the team after his suspension was announced.

However, there was no mention of the 25-year-old Las Vegas-native in Legacy Motor Club's announcement of Rockenfeller.


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