Kaz Grala Tapped for 25 Cup Events With RWR

Kaz Grala in his Legend Car days

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (Jan. 17, 2024) - Rick Ware Racing (RWR) has named Kaz Grala to its 2024 driver lineup with the 25-year-old Boston native piloting the organization's

No. 15 Ford Mustang in 25 NASCAR Cup Series races. Grala comes to RWR with seven Cup Series starts already under his belt, a mark that includes a top-10 finish in his Cup Series debut on Aug. 16, 2020 when he drove to a seventh-place finish on the road course at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. It was a milestone moment in a series of milestones for Grala, beginning with a breakout NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series win in the 2017 season opener on Daytona's 2.5-mile oval. Grala won in just his 10th career Truck Series start, becoming

the youngest race winner in Daytona history at 18 years, 1 month and 26 days old. "Kaz Grala is a talented and tenacious driver who brings a lot to our race team," said Rick Ware, owner, RWR. "He has an incredible work ethic and leverages every opportunity to its full potential. He's an asset inside and outside of the car who will

help make our program better." Despite his early success, Grala has had to scratch and claw for opportunities. Since running the full Truck Series schedule in 2017 when he finished an impressive seventh in the championship standings, Grala has pieced together an assortment of races across NASCAR's top-three series - Truck, Xfinity and Cup. It wasn't until 2023 that Grala was able to run another full season, competing in the finity Series for Sam

Hunt Racing, earning nine top-10 finishes for the young team. "I've found myself as an underdog at each level of NASCAR, and I feel I thrive in that position, said Grala, who began racing go karts as a 4-year-old in Massachusetts. "It's important to get the most out of the car on restarts and in the closing laps of a race, all while taking care of the equipment, and those are my strengths. I also like to be hands-on with the team during the week, involved in what the next step is to advance

our program." The addition of Grala, an accomplished yet hungry racecar driver, and pairing him with crew chief Billy Plourde, is another important move by Ware as he continues to advance his NASCAR operation. Last July, Ware signed Justin Haley, a winner in Cup,

Xfinity and Truck, to drive RWR's No. 51 Ford Mustang. "Kaz is another crucial piece of our organization and for the same reasons we brought Justin Haley on board, we feel Kaz can also contribute immediately, Ware said. "Kaz wants to make a difference and, above all, he wants to perform. That's the kind of

drive and determination all of us have at RWR."

John Davison

Long-time RIS staffer, beginning in the mid-80s. Charlotte, NC area local contact.

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