Kaz Grala

Birthdate: 12/29/1998
Hometown: Boston, Massachusetts

For Kaz Grala, starting young has been a recurring theme throughout his racing career. As a native of Boston, Massachusetts, Grala got his start racing go-karts at F1 Boston when he was four, running for fun before beginning to race competitively three years later. At the age of 10, he began racing Bandoleros, winning the Outlaws Summer Shootout championship in 2011. That same year, he won the New York Legendstock and the Massachusetts Bandolero Outlaws state championships. 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, followed by setting the record as the youngest driver to lead laps in the Myrtle Beach 400 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. That year he also was named by Speed 51 as the JEGS Rookie of the Year.

The following year, he ran in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, where he became the youngest driver to compete in an International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) event. He also joined Turner Scott Motorsports to compete full time in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East where, at the age of 15, Grala was the youngest full-time driver in the series. Also in 2014, he competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and won events at two historic racetracks: Caraway Speedway and Martinsville Speedway. In 2015, he continued his full-time tenure in the K&N East Series, joining Ben Kennedy Racing.

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 the 24 Hours of Daytona. Later that season, Grala made his NASCAR Camping World 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. In addition to securing the title of youngest driver to win a NASCAR pole at Daytona and youngest driver to win a NASCAR race at Daytona, Grala’s victory locked him into a spot in the Playoffs for the Truck Series in 2017. Grala ultimately finished the season seventh in the points.

On November 15, 2017, Grala announced that he would join JGL Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series in 2018 and 2019. Grala will be competing full time and chasing Sunoco Rookie of the Year honors, driving the No. 24 Ford Mustang.