2021 Daytona 500 Post-Race Report

Kaz Grala, No. 16 Hyperice Camaro ZL1 1LE

Start: 40th

Finish: 28th

“It was an unfortunate end to an otherwise great day here at the Daytona 500. Our Hyperice Camaro ZL1 1LE was fast – it did everything we needed it to do. We were being nice and conservative, and in my opinion, had a great strategy called by Kaulig Racing. I think we were putting ourselves in a prime position to be able to go out there and get a top-10 finish at the end of this thing. We had a clean car, and we were playing it safe. We were definitely ready to capitalize at the end, and unfortunately ended up scuffing the wall and cutting a tire down in one of the wrecks. It was just a freak accident and the tire carcass ended up wrapping around the brake line, cutting it, and our right rear caught on fire. Unfortunately, it wasn’t something we were able to fix in the amount of time that we had on pit lane. It’s crazy to have such a weird thing take us out of the race. It was definitely disappointing, because I know that we were going to have a great finish to the race if it weren’t for that.”

– Kaz Grala

About Kaulig Racing™

Kaulig Racing™ is a full-time multi-car NASCAR Cup Series (NCS) and NASCAR Xfinity Series (NXS) team, owned by award winning entrepreneur, Matt Kaulig. Established in 2016, Kaulig Racing™ has made the NXS Playoffs consecutively each season since the playoff system started and made the Championship 4 round in both the 2020 and 2021 seasons. They will continue fielding three, full-time NXS entries; the No. 10 Chevrolet driven by Landon Cassill, the No. 11 Chevrolet driven by Daniel Hemric, and the No. 16 Chevrolet driven by AJ Allmendinger. With multiple wins, Kaulig Racing has come to be one of the top competitors on track each weekend. The team made multiple starts in the NCS in 2021 and won in its seventh-ever start with AJ Allmendinger’s victory at “The Brickyard” for the Verizon 200 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The young team has acquired two charters for the 2022 NCS season, with Justin Haley competing as its first, full-time driver in the series. The team’s second entry will be shared by part-time teammates AJ Allmendinger, Daniel Hemric and Noah Gragson. To learn more about the team, visit kauligracing.com.