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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

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.”

At the K&N Pro Series West Race, 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.



VIDEO: Gracin Raz Racing – Never Doubt!

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.



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

LAKE OSWEGO, Oregon (July 30, 2014). 17-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.”

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