FEATURED STORY

Raz Arrives at Kern County Ready to Race for Colton’s Army

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon (February 23, 2015).

After setting fast time and finishing third in his opening race in Tucson, AZ two weeks ago, Gracin Raz is ready for the 2015 Winter Showdown at the Kern County Raceway Park, where he will race for 14-year old cancer survivor Colton Matter.

“The Winter Showdown is not only huge in terms of the caliber and number of drivers, it is huge because our team will be racing for Colton,” said Raz, who will donate 10% of his finish earnings to Colton. “This is a highly personal effort for our team as Colton is a family friend to our Tire Specialist Chris Wood and his wife Patti. Together we will do all that we can to finish strong for Colton.”

In addition to Raz’s super late model team, his NASCAR K&N Pro Series West team will be on-site as part of their prep work for the first K&N West race scheduled at Kern County on March 28. His team, led by Jeff Jefferson, has been preparing for several weeks for the season and will formally test the program at Kern County after the 2015 Winter Showdown on Sunday.

First Generation Driver Gracin Raz to Race the 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Season

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon (January 6, 2015).

Gracin Raz stepped in to the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota for the first time on August 14 for a test run with his crew led by Duane Knorr. By the end of qualifying at the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150, Raz came in fifth fastest and earned the top spot for all rookies competing.
>17-year old Gracin Raz from Lake Oswego, Oregon has signed an agreement with Jefferson Pitts Racing (JPR) to race the full NASCAR K&N Pro Series West schedule where he will be led by Jeff Jefferson.

Raz, a first generation race car driver, will be one of the youngest drivers from the State of Oregon to race a K&N West Pro Series and he has no plans to slow down. “I have known since I was three years old that racing is what I want to do,” said Raz. “Mr. Jefferson invested a lot of time in me and my late model crew in 2014, and has shown faith in me and my abilities that really helps build my confidence. This is the type of opportunity you have to make count and I plan to do all that I can to exceed expectations.”

Raz caught the eye of Jefferson in 2014, who facilitated the opportunity for Raz to race for Bill McAnally Racing twice last year. In his first K&N race, Raz out qualified all rookies and is expected to be a strong contender for Rookie of the Year in 2015. “Gracin brings natural talent, adaptability, and the type of character that will enable him to go as far as he wants in racing,” said Jefferson. “I am excited to work closer with him and am confident he will achieve great results.”

Jefferson, along with Jerry Pitts, crew chief for the 2011 and 2014 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West Champion Greg Pursley, teamed up to purchase Gene Price Motorsport’s program – equipment many describe as the best in the K&N Pro Series. Between the equipment and combined knowledge of Jefferson and Pitts, JPR Racing will be one of the most powerful programs in the K&N Pro Series.

Behind Raz is a growing list of strong supporters, including new sponsor Trinity Energy out of Billings, Montana – a rapidly growing leader in equipment designed to increase the efficiency of oil production. Helping lead sponsorship activation for Raz is Nathan Durkes out of Indianapolis, Indiana. Nathan brings extensive motorsports marketing experience and wow’d NASCAR’s top promoters after helping lead a team representing the University of Norte Dame to a first place finish in the NASCAR Kinetics Marketing in Motion program. “I have really enjoyed watching Gracin mature as a race car driver over the past year and can’t wait to see what he can do with JPR,” said Durkes. “Gracin has great character and is a super marketable guy; I am thrilled to be part of his team.”

Raz will open his 2015 season with a super late model race in Tucson, Arizona the first week of February. The 2015 NASCAR K&N Pro Series West season will open March 28 at the Kern County Speedway in Bakersfield, CA.

Raz Delivers Strong Performance in First K&N Pro Series West Race

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon (August 17, 2014).

Gracin Raz stepped in to the No. 99 NAPA Filters Toyota for the first time on August 14 for a test run with his crew led by Duane Knorr. By the end of qualifying at the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150, Raz came in fifth fastest and earned the top spot for all rookies competing.

“I came into this event with the goal of running upfront and learning as much as I could,” said Raz. “I knew Bill McAnally Racing/NAPA AutoCare Centers had provided me with great equipment and a great crew to work with. While I will always look to achieve more, I am pretty happy about the results we achieved for my first run.”

What was not a first for Raz during this event was his commitment to making a difference in the life of a child. Through his work with the Get UP! Foundation, Raz identifies a local child at each event he competes to help lift their hearts by spending time with the child personally when possible, and donating 10% of any earnings he achieves to the child’s family. For the NAPA Auto Parts/Toyota 150, Raz raced for 10-year old Kristen Downey currently battling Rhabdomyosarcoma.

Raz will return to the Evergreen Speedway on September 13 in his No. 15 super late model and is expected to race at least one more event for Bill McAnally Racing/NAPA AutoCare Centers prior to the end of the year.

First Generation Race Car Driver Gracin Raz to Make Debut in NASCAR K&N Pro Series West

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon (July 30, 2014).

nascar-photo17-year old Gracin Raz from Lake Oswego, Oregon has signed an agreement with Bill McAnally Racing/NAPA AutoCare Centers to drive the No.99 NAPA Filters Toyota at the Evergreen Speedway on August 16 where he will race alongside some of NASCAR’s most promising drivers.

After catching the eye of veteran driver and K&N West Crew Chief Jeff Jefferson, Jefferson facilitated the deal between Raz and McAnally Racing. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with Gracin on a few occasions, and personally crewed him at the Montana Gold 212,” said Jefferson. “The Gold was just his second super late model race, yet he more than exceeded my expectations after he qualified third out of a seasoned group of drivers and led the main show before experiencing electrical issues. Gracin is adaptable, naturally talented, and has the potential to go as far as he wants in racing.”

To add to his list of accomplishments, Raz is a first generation race car driver, one of the youngest drivers from the State of Oregon to race a K&N West event, and he has no plans to slow down. “I have known since I was three years old that racing is what I wanted to do,” said Raz. “When we began our season this year, I had hoped we might have an opportunity to make an appearance at a K&N West event in 2015.   Mr. Jefferson has personally invested a lot of time with me and my late model crew, and shown the type of faith in my ability that has helped me develop more than he may realize. I am more than excited – and humbled – to have this opportunity surface so soon and know how rare this opportunity is. I look forward to working with Mr. McAnally and his team!”

In addition to capturing the attention of his seasoned competitors and building a strong fan base, Gracin has leveraged his racing program to make a difference in the lives of others. In 2013, Gracin teamed up with the Get UP! Foundation, a foundation dedicated to lifting the hearts of children facing adversity, where he contributed close to $1000 to two families by donating some of his race earnings and collecting private contributions. In 2014, Gracin created the Get UP! Driver’s Program – a program where his younger brother Kole and four of his closest friends that race a variety of series across the Northwest have committed to helping children facing adversity. Raz most recently donated 10% of his earnings from the Montana 200 after qualifying second to a 15-year old Montana girl fighting bone cancer. “Knowing what I do on the track has the chance to touch the life of a child going through a hard time makes every lap that much more important to me,” said Gracin. “This opportunity helps keep things in perspective and takes my racing program to a completely different level.”

NEXT RACE

February 26-28, 2015

Winter Showdown

Track: Kern County
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Event: Super Late Model

Latest Facebook Posts

The season opener for the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West at Kern County is March 28. And here she is - the No. 27 Trinity Energy Ford! ... See MoreSee Less

4 days ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Came up two spots short to make the show. I guess this weekend wasn't meant to be. I can't thank everyone enough who has supported me this week and Id like to give a huge shoutout to Colton's army. Colton has redefined my thoughts about what "never giving up" really looks like. So thank you Colton and your army for helping me get through this week, it has been really helpful to my team and me!

Next up will be the season opener for the K&N series back at Kern County Raceway Park, and I look forward to showcasing what kind of team I have behind me.
... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago  ·  

View on Facebook

It's not over. We blew a right front tire and we will be back ready to race the last chance qualifier tomorrow. If you know anything about Team GDR - you know giving up is not an option. Tomorrow is a new opportunity.

-Never Doubt!
... See MoreSee Less

5 days ago  ·  

View on Facebook

We had an issue with the transmission on our qualifying run and we did not time in well. We head to a 50-lap heat race next - need to be in the top nine in the end. Team GDR - Colton doesn't give up and neither will we! ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Dear Colton, my team has the "No. 15 Colton's Army Chevy Impala" ready for qualifying and I'm going to do all that I can to time in strong! Team GDR, let's do this... -Never Doubt! ... See MoreSee Less

6 days ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Ended up P5 today in practice! I am very pleased with the car, and I can't wait to qualify tomorrow for the 2015 Winter Showdown here at Kern County Raceway Park! ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Strong round of testing today. Colton... We are pressing strong for you!!! ... See MoreSee Less

7 days ago  ·  

View on Facebook

If you have wondered what the Get UP! Foundation is about, please check out this video and meet some of my closest friends that have joined in my commitment to help lift the hearts of children through racing! ... See MoreSee Less

1 week ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Members of our team will start making their way to Kern County on Monday! ... See MoreSee Less

ONE...MORE...WEEK!! 2015 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway Park!!

2 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook

WOW! Thank you so much Polen Designs for the fresh new lid! This is definitely my all time favorite helmet, and I can't wait to show it off at the track! ... See MoreSee Less

2 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Gracin Raz Racing updated his cover photo. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Finished 3rd! Awesome car and awesome team! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Tucson has great race fans! Ready to go green at 7:30pm MST.

Team GDR... Let's do this!
... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Ended up P3 in our heat race. So we will start 3rd in tomorrow nights Chilly Willy 100! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Now this is the way to start our season!! P1! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Testing has gone very well today - looking forward to making a strong run during qualifying tomorrow. -Never Doubt! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Our team is starting to unload at the Tucson Speedway. Testing tomorrow; qualifying and heats on Friday; main events after 5pm MST on Saturday.

Never Doubt!
... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Putting on the finishing touches of the No. 15 Get UP! Foundation Chevy Impala before we head to our first race of the season at the Tucson Speedway this week! Huge thanks goes to our Tire Specialist Chris Wood and Spotter Patrick Hillyer for helping my Dad keep things on schedule. It's time to turn left! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Our NASCAR K&N Pro Series number is official! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

View on Facebook

Seahawks just showed why you never - ever - give - up!! ... See MoreSee Less

1 month ago  ·  

View on Facebook

This is going to be an amazing race! ... See MoreSee Less

Lake Oswego, Oregon's Gracin Dean Raz is one of many pacific northwest teams that will be gunning for the $25,000 to win 2015 Winter Showdown at Kern County Raceway on February 26-28, 2015!

2 months ago  ·  

View on Facebook
LATEST BLOG POSTS
VIDEO: Gracin Raz Racing – Never Doubt!

08

Aug

VIDEO: Gracin Raz Racing – Never Doubt!

by Team GDR in News, Team GDR, Videos

First generation driver Gracin Raz leans in to every lap with his team at his side to advance their shared vision of success.  The “Never Doubt” video captures images and video footage from the team’s 2014 season, and showcases their passion, unity, and commitment to keep digging.

My Vision

Consistently build success, earn respect, and become a NASCAR driver. Racing will be my living - I’d go out every single weekend or day if I could.

Gracin Dean Raz - March 2014
FEATURED VIDEOS

Gracin Raz Racing – Never Doubt!


PROUD SPONSORS OF GRACIN RAZ RACING
GIVING BACK
master-wrench
shotgun
west-hills-collision-center
GetUP! Foundation