"We were a yo-yo for sure. We started in the back when rain canceled qualifying, but the opening stage went really well and we passed a lot of cars with the No. 21 HotScream Chevrolet Camaro. We were definitely a top-five car, which was pretty good and I was excited about that. Unfortunately, on one of those late restarts I just got into Turn 1 and rolled through with everyone else, lost the nose and tagged the No. 9 car. It was a frustrating end to the day, but it was a really solid day and something we can build off. We gambled a bit near the end of the second stage, but I think it all played into our favor. The HotScream Chevrolet Camaro was really good tonight, especially on the long run - that's all you can ask for. It is tough with a part-time schedule, because you have to go for it at the end and can't give anything up, but there is a fine line there as well. I will have to settle down and be a little more patient even when I'm not in the seat every week. I am really looking forward to our next race together. I feel like crew chief Justin Alexander and I now have great communication and we definitely had the car dialed in tonight. I think we can do big things moving forward."
"I feel really confident going into Richmond Raceway with the No. 21 HotScream team. We learned a lot about each other at Texas Motor Speedway, and definitely showed some strengths that we can build on. RCR already has a great baseline for Richmond, so I think our focus this weekend is going to be keeping up with the changing track conditions and making sure we are proactive with our adjustments. Luckily, my crew chief, Justin Alexander, has had some great success at Richmond in the past, so I'll be looking to him for guidance throughout the day on Friday. Tire management over the course of a run has always been one of my strong suits, so I am looking forward to putting this No. 21 HotScream Camaro up front and hopefully capitalizing at the end of the night."
"We had a much better HotScream Chevrolet than our finishing position shows today at Texas Motor Speedway. We were on a fuel-saving strategy and were set to finish the race in the top-five before the caution came out with about 12 laps to go. Even after that caution, we were in position to still earn a top-10 finish but I got a huge push and ran into the wall a little bit. We just got tight and I was trying to make something stick. It was still a good day for us even though it's not quite where we thought we were yesterday after posting top-five lap times in practice. I will get better. This race definitely helped me get back into the swing of things after being out of the car for so long."
How does it feel to be making your first start with RCR this weekend at Texas Motor Speedway?
"It has been far too long of an off-season for me, but Texas is finally here. RCR has been off to an impressive start this season, and that gives me a lot of confidence going into this weekend. I've been working with my crew chief, Justin Alexander, and the No. 21 HotScream crew over the past couple of weeks preparing for this race, so I feel as ready as I could possibly be, especially considering I haven't been in a stock car in over four months. This weekend is all about building chemistry with the team and getting reacclimated to the Xfinity cars, but I also don't think it's unrealistic to think we can go out there and contend for the win. I'm ready to finally put my helmet back on and get back to doing what I love."
“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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“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.”