As a first generation race car driver Gracin Dean Raz began racing quarter midgets at the age of 6 in Portland OR. Today, he is one of the youngest drivers racing the NASCAR K&N Pro Series West and super late models while quickly developing a reputation across the industry as a promising, up and coming driver. During his quarter midget career, Gracin tied up nine event and regional championships and in 2013 he transitioned to a Pro4 late model where he averaged a top five finish. In 2014 Gracin caught the eye of NASCAR K&N Pro Series Crew Chief Jeff Jefferson and was extended the opportunity to race two NASCAR K&N Pro Series West events for Bill McAnally Racing. In Gracin’s first K&N West event he out qualified all rookies and averaged a top 6.5 finish between both events.
“Since the age of three, I have known racing is what I am meant to do. As a young driver, I understand the importance of earning the respect of my seasoned competitors and ensuring those that walk with me on my journey are honored – at all times – for their support.”
Gracin’s spotter Patrick Hillyer has seen firsthand what it takes to navigate the racing circuit after having worked alongside the Northwest’s own NASCAR driver Greg Biffle early in his career. Hillyer sees great potential in Gracin and describes him as an “incredibly, strategic driver.” “This guy was born to race and is amazing to watch in action; I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring for him and I can assure you, I will be right there to take it all in.” Gracin resides with his family in Lake Oswego, Oregon and attends Horizon Christian High School. Gracin also plays an active role in the racing program for his younger brother Kole, who has followed in Gracin’s footsteps by already landing two national and three regional quarter midget championships in his young career.
“Gracin is always so determined, no matter where he starts in a race or what shape his car is in; he has that “game on” attitude and drives like mad. Participating in this sport takes what Gracin possesses; talent, determination, dignity, sportsmanship and grace.”
Tim Canfield, Downstream CEO