Kaz Grala will take on the Cup Series behind the wheel of the No. 15 NASCAR Ford Mustang in 2024, fielded by Rick Ware Racing (RWR) for 25 races this season, according to a recent report from Motorsport.
Grala has seven Cup Series starts already, finishing seventh in his first attempt in the division at the Daytona road course in 2020, and finishing sixth at Talladega in 2021. Prior to that, he earned his first Truck Series win at Daytona in his 10th start in the division, making him the youngest victor at the track at 18 years old. More recently, Grala has competed part-time in Cup, Xfinity and Truck, running a full-time Xfinity Series schedule in 2023 with NASCAR Ford team Stewart-Haas Racing (SHR).
“Kaz Grala is a talented and tenacious driver who brings a lot to our race team,” said RWR team owner Rick Ware. “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.”
Grala said he’s thrilled to have a shot at the Cup Series with RWR.
“I’ve found myself as an underdog at each level of NASCAR, and I feel I thrive in that position,” he said in a statement. “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.”
Grala’s No. 15 NASCAR Ford Mustang team will be headed by crew chief Billy Plourde, and he will make his first non-point-paying start at the upcoming Clash at the Coliseum on February 4th, 2024. His first point-paying event will be at Atlanta on February 25th, where he will race alongside Justin Haley, who has also been tapped to drive for RWR in 2024.