JGL Racing signs Grala, Ford Performance deal for 2018 NXS season

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By Caleb Whisler, Staff Writer

On Friday, JGL Racing announced a new driver and a manufacturer change for the 2018 NASCAR XFINITY Series season.

Kaz Grala will move from GMS Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series to JGL for a full-time gig. Also, JGL announced that they would be switching from Toyota  to Ford while partnering with Roush Fenway Racing in a technical alliance.

“These are exciting times for the JGL Racing organization,” said James Whitener, owner of JGL Racing.  “We appreciate the support we have received from Toyota and Joe Gibbs Racing over the last few years. We felt that in order for our team to make the next step in our growth process that we needed a more robust technical alliance behind us – and this opportunity with Ford Performance and Roush Fenway Racing provided us that and made the most sense. We look forward to finishing out the season in our No. 24 car and then we will turn our attention to 2018 and getting all of the proper pieces into place.”\

JGL Racing fielded cars for Dakota Armstrong, Dylan Lupton, Corey LaJoie, Jeb Burton and Scott Lagasse Jr. during the 2017 season.

The deal with Grala for the 2018 season is inked as a multi-year deal. He will pilot the No. 24 for the organization in 2018.

“I am beyond excited about the opportunity to drive for JGL Racing next year full-time in the NASCAR XFINITY Series,” said Grala. “I’ve been watching XFINITY races since I was a little kid, so to be able to compete at that high of a level is nothing short of a dream come true. I can’t thank James Whitener (owner of JGL Racing) and everyone at JGL enough for this opportunity. Bring on Daytona!”

Executives at Ford Performance are excited to have JGL Racing join their fleet next season.

“It’s nice to have JGL Racing joining the Ford family for 2018,” said Mark Rushbrook, motorsports engineering manager, Ford Performance.  “It’s always nice to have additional Mustangs in the NASCAR XFINITY series and we’re happy to have them on board in an alliance with Roush Fenway.”

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