Kaz Grala Reflects on 2018 Season Following Homestead Finale and Looks Ahead to 2019

Kaz Grala Reflects on 2018 Season Following Homestead Finale and Looks Ahead to 2019

“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.”

Kaz Grala Closing Out 2018 at Homestead by Welcoming Hot Scream to NASCAR

Kaz Grala Closing Out 2018 at Homestead by Welcoming Hot Scream to NASCAR

“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.”

Grala Earns Fifth Top-10 Finish of 2018 at the Charlotte ROVAL

Grala Earns Fifth Top-10 Finish of 2018 at the Charlotte ROVAL

“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.”

Speed Sport: Grala & Fury Coming Full Circle In Return To Charlotte

Speed Sport: Grala & Fury Coming Full Circle In Return To Charlotte

“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.”

FURY Returns to its Debut Track to Contend in Inaugural ROVAL Event

FURY Returns to its Debut Track to Contend in Inaugural ROVAL Event

“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.”

 Grala Fights His Way Through Field Twice at Road America

Grala Fights His Way Through Field Twice at Road America

“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.”

Grala Hoping to Make a Statement with Successful Run at Road America

Grala Hoping to Make a Statement with Successful Run at Road America

“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.”

A Rollercoaster Day at Mid-Ohio for Kaz Grala

A Rollercoaster Day at Mid-Ohio for Kaz Grala

“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.”

Grala Ready for Mid-Ohio Debut in DMB Financial Mustang

Grala Ready for Mid-Ohio Debut in DMB Financial Mustang

“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.”

Kaz Grala Has Hot-and-Cold Day in Wet-and-Dry Race at Watkins Glen

Kaz Grala Has Hot-and-Cold Day in Wet-and-Dry Race at Watkins Glen

“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 is in his Wheelhouse at Watkins Glen with New Partner DMB Financial

Kaz Grala is in his Wheelhouse at Watkins Glen with New Partner DMB Financial

“Finally, a road course! I've been turning right and left since I was four years old, and have probably done more road races than I have oval races in my lifetime. I'm super excited to have DMB Financial on board this weekend, supporting me at one of my favorite tracks out there. They’re a new partner and new to the sport, so I hope that we give them a warm welcome, both on the track and with the support of our fans. I've won sports car races at Watkins Glen before and I've had success there in the K&N Series. This is a weekend I've been waiting for all year, especially because the field is stacked with Cup drivers. I see it as an opportunity to learn from them and get comfortable in the car before the Xfinity standalones later this month.”

JeffGluck.com: 12 Questions with Kaz Grala (2018)

JeffGluck.com: 12 Questions with Kaz Grala (2018)

The 12 Questions series of interviews continues this week with Kaz Grala, the Xfinity Series driver who is now with Fury Race Cars after starting the year with JGL Racing. Grala’s playoff hopes recently came to an end after he missed the Kentucky race due to a lack of sponsorship, but the team is hoping to find funding for the rest of the season and beyond.

Kaz Grala Earns Top-15 Finish for Hometown Crowd at Loudon

Kaz Grala Earns Top-15 Finish for Hometown Crowd at Loudon

“Our IT Coalition/15-40.org Mustang was really good today. I think we were a solid top-10 car, but just couldn't seem to catch a break. We got a little damage on pit lane that we had spend time repairing early in the race, and then we got trapped a lap down when the caution came out during a green-flag pit stop. We still battled back to the lead lap to grab a 14th-place finish, so it was a solid day for us. It's always fun to come back home to New Hampshire Motor Speedway with all my friends and family.”