Kaulig Racing added element to its NASCAR Cup Collection plans, asserting Wednesday that Kaz Grala will drive its No. 16 Chevrolet in a part-time schedule, beginning with a bid for the Daytona 500 subsequent month.
The Matt Kaulig-owned group had introduced Jan. 7 it might deal with road-course and superspeedway races for a limited Cup Series slate in 2021 with aspirations for a full-time Cup effort sooner or later. The staff indicated Grala would compete in a number of of these occasions for Kaulig this season.
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Grala has some historical past of success at Daytona Worldwide Speedway. He turned the two.5-mile monitor’s youngest winner in 2017, prevailing within the NASCAR Tenting World Truck Collection season opener at 18 years, one month, and 26 days of age. He additionally made his Cup Collection debut on the DIS road-course format final season, recording a formidable seventh-place end for Richard Childress Racing as a late fill-in for Austin Dillon.
“It is a big alternative for me each personally and professionally,” Grala mentioned in a launch from the staff. “I’ve grown up dreaming of reaching the NASCAR Cup Collection, so will probably be actually particular to get extra possibilities to race towards my heroes, with Kaulig Racing being the proper staff to take that subsequent step with. I can‘t thank Matt Kaulig and (staff president) Chris Rice sufficient for trusting me of their Cup program, in addition to RCR for serving to form my profession the previous couple seasons.”
Kaulig Racing is ready to subject three full-time groups within the Xfinity Collection this season, with AJ Allmendinger, Jeb Burton and Justin Haley on its driver roster. The group made its lone Cup Collection begin to date final season, with Haley handing over a 13th-place end result within the Daytona 500.
Grala, 22, has competed most not too long ago within the Xfinity Collection as a part-time driver for the Childress group, which shares a technical alliance with the Kaulig group. The Massachusetts native ran a five-race slate in every the 2019 and 2020 Xfinity seasons for RCR, producing two top-five finishes — each at Street America in consecutive years.
“We’re tremendous excited to have Kaz be part of our staff in 2021, and we are able to’t wait to get began with him at Daytona,” Rice mentioned. “He has had some nice success in numerous sequence and layouts at Daytona, so we predict he shall be a fantastic addition to our staff starting with the Daytona 500.”
The staff indicated sponsorship and additional schedule bulletins can be made at a later date.