Kaz Grala joins Richard Childress Racing?s 2020 NASCAR Xfinity Series program for select races in the No. 21 Chevrolet Camaro. Andy Street will serve as his crew chief.
As a native of Boston, Massachusetts, Grala got his start racing go-karts at F1 Boston when he was four years old, winning multiple championships as he honed his racing skills. At the age of 10, he began racing Bandoleros, winning the Outlaws Summer Shootout championship in 2011. 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.
The following year, Grala ran in the Michelin Pilot Challenge at just 15 years old, becoming the youngest driver ever to compete in an IMSA event, a record that still stands. Also in 2014, he competed in the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and won events at two historic racetracks: Martinsville Speedway and Caraway Speedway, where he became the youngest NASCAR winner in track history.
In 2015, Grala drove for Kyle Busch Motorsports in Super Late Models and became the youngest winner in KBM?s history, leading 131 of 150 laps en route to victory from the pole at South Boston Speedway.
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 prestigious event. Later that season, Grala made his NASCAR Gander Outdoors 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, making him the youngest NASCAR winner in history at the storied track at 18 years, 1 month, and 26 days old. Grala capped off his stellar rookie season as the youngest driver ever to make the NASCAR Playoffs.
In 2018, Grala made his NASCAR Xfinity Series debut with JGL Racing, scoring an incredible fourth-place finish in the season opener. The impressive results continued for the first five races of the season with JGL, which netted the best average finish in the team?s history. Unfortunately, the team unexpectedly shut its doors because of the owner?s health issues.
With little hope of a mid-season opportunity at another team, Grala, with the help of family, friends, and FURY Race Cars, took on the near-impossible task of creating a competitive NASCAR team in under two weeks ? they succeeded. Together, Grala and FURY collected a top-10 finish in their first race together and a near win in their third.
Andy has been part of the RCR family for the last 16 years, serving as an engineer in a variety of departments; chassis shop, suspension shop, design department, R&D team, Cup teams, and NXS teams.
Andy received his degree in mechanical engineering from UNC Charlotte in 2003, and also took time getting his associate degree at Forsyth Technical Community College.
Being part of several marque wins for RCR, Andy?s favorite ones were the 2006 Loudon win with Kevin Harvick, 2007 DAYTONA 500 win with Kevin Harvick, and the 2010 Loudon win with Clint Bowyer.
Born and raised in Kernersville, NC, Andy currently resides in Lexington, NC, with his wife Lauren, and their daughter, Addison.