Kaz Grala will pilot the No. 31 car for Jordan Anderson Racing in the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America on July 3, the team announced Saturday (June 26).
It marks Grala’s first Xfinity start of the season after running two races apiece in the Cup and Camping World Truck Series this year. In Cup, he earned one top 10 at Talladega Superspeedway for Kaulig Racing, while in Trucks he earned a second place at Circuit of the Americas and an eighth at the Daytona International Speedway road course for Young’s Motorsports.
Grala has three NXS starts at Road America, earning two top-five finishes for Richard Childress Racing.
“Growing up, my father was a road course racer,” Grala said in a team release, “and for our family to spend late January at the 24 hours of Daytona was a special time, it was only natural for me to take interest and excel in road racing especially after starting in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at such an early age.
“Road America has been a place that I have adapted to very well in recent years. In three starts in the NXS I have earned two top- finishes, and an [11th]. Those are very respectable numbers at a track that offers high-speed sections, elevation changes, and tight corners. I am excited for this opportunity that Jordan Anderson Racing, Ruedebusch.com and Bommarito Automotive Group are giving me. The pairing of the chassis from RCR and the engine package from ECR will be very similar to what I have competed in there the last few years.”
A lot of people guessed correctly!!! I’ll be driving the No. 31 Xfinity car next weekend at Road America!
— Kaz Grala (@KazGrala) June 26, 2021
Multiple drivers have competed in the No. 31 car so far this season: Tyler Reddick ran three events, earning a top five and top 10 for the team, while Josh Berry also brought home a top 10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Jordan Anderson drove it at Texas Motor Speedway before tapping Reddick to pilot the car last week at Nashville Superspeedway.
The Henry 180 airs July 3 at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBC.