“This is definitely the biggest opportunity I’ve had in my career,” said Grala. “Running for a powerhouse team like RCR is a dream come true, and one I plan on making the most of. With only a limited number of races to make an impression, I’m ready to get to work and lay it all on the line.”
“It's going to be surreal driving such an iconic paint scheme up the high banks of Daytona. The history of BMW in our sport is so rich; there's no doubt we will have a lot to live up to this weekend. It's amazing to have this opportunity from a powerhouse manufacturer. We hope to make them proud on Friday when we take the green flag in their colors.”
“I'm pumped to get back on track at Daytona behind the wheel of an IMSA car,” Grala said. “I've had success there on both the road course and the oval, and it has easily become one of my favorite tracks in the country. Though I have competed in the Rolex 24 twice since then, I haven't driven in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge in five years -- so I'm sure it will take a few laps to get readjusted to the car. Unlike my stock car, I'll be working with an anti-lock braking system, traction control, and advanced electronics all while paddle shifting, which totally changes the driving style needed to get the most out of the race car. I've known Aurora for years, and am eager to co-drive with her for the first time. We are going to have a blast going for that top spot.”
“It feels good to have finished out the season at Homestead and put a period on this really wild year. This season did not play out the way any of us expected it to, but this has been the most fun I’ve ever had racing in my entire life. I’m so happy that we’ve had so much success so quickly. I’m proud of this team and I’ve enjoyed working with each and every person on it. Hopefully we’ll be racing next season; we’re still looking for sponsorship, but so long as we are racing, I’m sure we will only get better. We didn’t have the run that we would have wanted this weekend, but we had new sponsor Hot Scream on the car, and we hope to continue that relationship into 2019. Overall, we have a lot of positives to look back on in 2018 and a lot to look forward to next season.”
“First of all, I’m really glad that we get to close out the season by welcoming Hot Scream to our team for the season finale. Homestead-Miami Speedway is unquestionably the most challenging track on the NASCAR schedule. The track surface tests the teams in ways that are entirely unique to Homestead, and has a way of separating the best cars and drivers from the rest of the pack. It's the perfect place to settle a championship, and the perfect place for FURY to showcase its capabilities while competing against the best teams in the sport. It's been over a month since our last race, and I haven't raced on an oval at all in four months. I'm more than ready to finally get back on track, especially at my all-time favorite intermediate track. This year has been a roller-coaster ride so far, and I can't thank everyone at FURY enough for sticking behind me and working so hard to have the success that we've had so quickly as a team. Hopefully we can end our wild 2018 season with the perfect finale race this weekend at Homestead.”
“It was a heck of a day here at the ROVAL. We brought home an eighth-place finish, surrounded by some great company in the top 10. I was tight in the center and lacking lateral grip during the first two stages, but the handling really came to me towards the end; we clearly had a long-run car. Today was probably one of our stronger days as a team. I am really, really proud of FURY Race Cars and what we’ve done this year. We earned a top 10 when we made our debut as a team at this track, and it meant a lot to come full circle and earn another here. I hope this isn’t our last race of 2018, but it wouldn’t be a bad note to end the season on.”
“I think in the first 10 races of the year I learned a lot about driving Xfinity cars, the way you have to race them and how you have to manage your equipment … a lot of the big, more general points and lessons,” Grala explained. “Since we’ve become Fury Race Cars, I’ve been able to focus more on the details and learn how not to make mistakes, how to execute on pit road, how to restart properly … things like that.”
“I'm not really sure what to expect at the ROVAL; I don't think any of us know what to expect. It's not too often that you see a bunch of Cup Series drivers tear their cars up, especially in a test, like they did earlier this year. I think seeing that has us all on edge a little, but the great part is that we're all on an even playing field. The rookies and the veterans this week will be learning together, so it's really anyone's game. From what I've heard, minimizing mistakes on the track and in the pits will be key. We have to make it to the end with the car in one piece if we want a shot at it, and that's been one of our strengths so far this year. I'm excited to be in the first ROVAL race ever, and I’m very optimistic about our chances of contending.”
“Today was a solid day for our Fury Race Cars team. Our IT Coalition Ford Mustang had the speed to fight our way through the field twice, and our pit crew did a great job. My crew chief Shane Wilson made really good adjustments on pit road; we kept getting better and better and we were on our way to a potential top five by the third stage. After we wound up in the sand trap in Stage 3, we fought really hard in the remaining laps to ultimately grab an 11th-place finish. Road America is a blast.”
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Second-generation driver Kaz Grala continues to honor sacrifices made by his father and grandfather while living the “American Dream.”
“I've never raced at Road America before, but I've run many laps there on iRacing. It's one of my favorite road courses to run online, so I already feel like I know it well. We haven't had the speed we've wanted on the road courses so far this year, so we've made some improvements to the car and definitely done our homework for this weekend's race. I'm looking forward to getting out there and seeing if everything we have done helps, and hopefully be able to get up there and contend for the win. We don't have too many more shots this year to make a statement, so every lap is becoming more and more critical for my future in 2019 and beyond.”
The white, steel-bodied Ford Mustang that finished fifth in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Daytona International Speedway over the summer was never supposed to do well. It was never supposed to race, even.
“I had a good run going today; we made strides on our handling all day and our DMB Financial team got the car dialed in just in time for Stage 3. I drove up to ninth by 14 to go, but I couldn’t catch a break from there and ended up getting taken out with just a few laps to go. This wasn’t the day we were hoping for, but I’m confident we can bring what we learned today with us to Road America for redemption.”
Second generation road-course racer Kaz Grala feels his Fury Race Cars team is prepared this weekend for new opportunity for success at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
“I've actually never been to Mid-Ohio before in any series. Everyone I've talked to has said it's an incredibly technical road course, which will make it very difficult to learn. I have been practicing on iRacing and watching a lot of video, but my first real laps around the place will be when practice starts this weekend. I'm hoping I'll be able to catch on quickly and be in contention by Stage 3. The track seems like it will play to my strengths, so I'm excited to get out there and see if that holds true.”
“That race had a little bit of everything in it. I was excited to see the rain, but it was short-lived, unfortunately. The driving part was fun, but the vision part was a little bit more challenging. If they can figure out a way to get us to see out of these cars in the rain, it would be a blast. As far as our No. 61 DMB Financial Mustang, we definitely have some work to do before next weekend’s race. I think we would have been much better off if we had dry practice yesterday. Other teams have notes to go off of from last year and other drivers have previous experience here, but we kind of guessed at it. I think we just need a little bit more grip and a little bit more speed. We were weren’t real loose or real tight, just a little bit on top of the track. We missed it a bit, but we will go back to the drawing board and get ‘em at Mid-Ohio.”
Kaz Grala got a second chance to compete in the NASCAR Xfinity Series and he and his new team are making the most of the new opportunity.Second generation road-course racer Kaz Grala feels his Fury Race Cars team is prepared this weekend for new opportunity for success at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.