For Kaz Grala, starting young has been a recurring theme throughout his racing career...
Precocious both personally and professionally, Kaz Grala’s ascent through motorsports’ developmental ranks has already seen records shattered as he has made his mark at each level of the sport on the way to NASCAR Xfinity Series competition.
As a native of Boston, Massachusetts, Grala got his start racing go-karts at F1 Boston when he was four years old, winning multiple championships as he honed his racing skills. At the age of 10, he began racing Bandoleros, winning the Outlaws Summer Shootout championship in 2011. In 2012, Grala won 15 races and the Winter Heat Championship at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the Legend Car Pro Division.
Grala’s stock-car racing career kicked off in 2013, when the then 14-year-old driver competed in the UARA-STARS Series, becoming the youngest winner in series history at Hickory Motor Speedway.
The following year, Grala made an indelible impression in sports car racing when he ran in the Michelin Pilot Challenge at just 15 years old, becoming the youngest driver ever to compete in an IMSA event, a record that still stands. Also in 2014, he competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and won events at two historic racetracks: Martinsville Speedway and Caraway Speedway, where he became the youngest NASCAR winner in track history.
In 2015, Grala drove for Kyle Busch Motorsports in Super Late Models and became the youngest winner in KBM’s history, leading 131 of 150 laps en route to victory from the pole at South Boston Speedway.
In 2016, Grala competed in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. At the age of 17, Grala was the youngest driver ever to compete in prestigious event. Later that season, Grala made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors Truck Series debut at Martinsville Speedway, running a part-time schedule throughout the year.
The following season, Grala made his first full-time effort in the Truck Series, kicking off 2017 with a win from the pole in the season-opener at Daytona International Speedway, making him the youngest NASCAR winner in history at the storied track at 18 years, 1 month, and 26 days old. Grala capped off his stellar rookie season as the youngest driver ever to make the NASCAR Playoffs.
In 2018, Grala made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut with JGL Racing, scoring an incredible fourth-place finish in the season opener. The impressive results continued for the first five races of the season with JGL, which netted the best average finish in the team’s history. Unfortunately, the team unexpectedly shut its doors because of the owner’s health issues.
With little hope of a mid-season opportunity at another team, Grala, with the help of family, friends, and FURY Race Cars, took on the near-impossible task of creating a competitive NASCAR team in under two weeks — they succeeded. A top-10 finish in their first race together and a near win in their third made Grala and FURY the feel-good, underdog story of the season. In fact, their fifth-place finish in the July Daytona race was named one of “The Biggest Motorsports Stories of 2018” by Jalopnik.
The results didn’t go unnoticed, and in 2019, Grala will be stepping up to drive the No. 21 Chevy Camaro for the legendary Richard Childress Racing. At just 20 years old, Grala is an integral part of NASCAR’s current youth movement for RCR in the NASCAR Xfinity Series. He personifies the next generation of racers: articulate, well-educated, and business savvy. He’s a graduate from the prominent Worcester Academy, earning the school’s highest academic standing — Headmaster’s List. After early acceptance into most of the top engineering schools in the U.S., Grala selected Georgia Tech to pursue a degree in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, but deferred his college entry to pursue his equally-promising future in NASCAR.