DENVER, N.C. – JGL Racing will switch manufacturers next season in the NASCAR XFINITY Series after forming an alliance with Roush Fenway Racing and Ford Performance.
“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.”
The team, which has fielded Toyota’s for the last three years, has also signed NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race winner Kaz Grala to a multi-year agreement to drive the No. 24 Ford beginning next year.
“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.”
This year in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Grala earned a victory at Daytona Int’l Speedway, five top-five and 11 top-10 finishes.
“Roush Fenway Racing is obviously a very successful organization, and I think the relationship with them will be extremely beneficial to myself and JGL Racing,” added Grala. “Plus, I am from Boston, so the alliance feels right at home for me. Ford’s enthusiasm and aggression for building the best program possible is exciting to me, and I can’t wait to be a part of the Ford family next year.”