Up-and-comer Kaz Grala will drive Money Team Racing’s No. 50 car in an homage to Floyd’s perfect 50-0 professional boxing record.
Undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. is taking his Money Team Racing brand into NASCAR’s fast lane. And the five-division champ isn’t starting small — he wants his organization to qualify for the jewel of the NASCAR Cup Series: The Daytona 500.
Kaz Grala to Drive for Money Team Racing
Mayweather has selected Kaz Grala to drive the No. 50 NASCAR rigged by Chevrolet and led by crew chief Tony Eury Jr. Grala, a 23-year-old phenom who became the youngest driver to make the NASCAR playoffs when he was just 18.
Additionally, he’s the youngest NASCAR motorist to ever win a race at Daytona International Speedway.
As Grala said on the occasion:
“It’s an honor to be behind the wheel for Floyd Mayweather’s entrance into NASCAR. It’s a really exciting time in our sport as it globalizes and reaches new audiences.
“I know Floyd is here to win, and I absolutely feel that everyone involved in this program is capable of making that happen. We know we will need some time to grow together as a new organization, but I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of building this team from the ground up.”
Floyd’s NASCAR strategy is the same approach he took into the boxing ring; win by any means. He spoke about respect for the sport and a love for fast cars, and how the road to victory lane won’t be easy. Nonetheless, he looks forward to the challenge.
Said Mayweather himself in a press release:
“I love fast cars and I love to compete. I know NASCAR will not be easy, but anything easy isn’t worth doing to me. With that being said, this move into auto racing seems to be a perfect fit for the Mayweather brand.”
Mayweather Reveals No. 50 Chevrolet NASCAR
Floyd revealed the look of the new No. 50 car in a post on social media. The paint-splattered Chevy features hints of purple, red, and yellow throughout the body, as well as “TMT” and branding for “Pit Viper,” a sunglass company.
Although the press release is exhilarating for Team Mayweather, there’s still work to be done; the team must still qualify for a spot in the Great American Race. Presently, they do not have one of the 36 NASCAR charters that guarantees a full-time team’s place in each contest on the calendar.
Floyd knows it’ll take time for his operation to gel together at peak performance as he transitions from top boxing earner to motorsport team owner. But if his approach is anything like it was in the ring, the NASCAR establishment should prepare itself accordingly.