Cole Custer will make his Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series debut with Rick Ware Racing on March 4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Custer will drive the Haas Automation-sponsored No.51 Ford, the manufacturer he drives for in the Xfinity Series with Stewart-Haas Racing. Last weekend, the No.51 was a Chevrolet when it was piloted by Justin Marks to a 12th-place finish in the Daytona 500.
He is guaranteed a spot in the field as the team has a Charter.
“This is a dream come true to compete in the Cup Series,” Custer said. “I can’t thank Rick Ware Racing and Haas Automation enough for the opportunity to race at Las Vegas. It’s going to be a new experience for me, but I feel that we can have a productive day by completing all the laps and seeing the checkered flag.”
In January, Custer got his first taste of a Cup Series car when he worked with Go Fas Racing during the organizational test at Las Vegas. Custer advanced to the Xfinity Series Round of 8 in his rookie season and earned his first win in the season finale at Homestead.
The 20-year-old also made his IMSA debut in January in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge’s season-opening race at Daytona, where he and fellow NASCAR Ford driver Ty Majeski and veteran Scott Maxwell finished third in the GS class in a Multimatic Motorsports Mustang GT4.