When he finished a nine-race stint substituting for the injured Kyle Busch at Joe Gibbs Racing earlier this season, David Ragan looked forward to what he hoped would be a long tenure at Michael Waltrip Racing.
Now, that tenure will go from hopefully long to quite brief, as Ragan will be left without a team at the end of this season when MWR effectively shuts down.
Ragan has made 13 starts with MWR since moving over from the Gibbs camp, with a best finish of 12th at Daytona in July.
Ragan has begun looking for a new opportunity for 2016 and issued a statement about the turn of events at MWR on Wednesday afternoon.
His statement read:
“I am grateful for the opportunity that Michael Waltrip Racing and Toyota have provided me this year. I have worked hard to be a good teammate and spokesperson for all of our sponsors, and as a team we have collectively improved our performance from the beginning of the season.
“I look forward to staying focused and trying to win a race this season for Aaron’s and everyone at MWR.
“Going forward I will be working hard to secure a full-time ride in the Sprint Cup Series. At 29 years old, I feel my best years are in front of me.”