GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Veteran Johan Schwartz of Huntersville, N.C., established a new Touring Car track record Saturday morning at Utah Motorsports Campus in preparation for Saturday’s Round 9 TC 40-minute sprint event in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah.

Driving the No. 80 Rooster Hall Racing/West Virginia University BMW M235iR, Schwartz became the first TC driver to break the two minute, four-second barrier with a spectacular 2:03.648 at 88.74 miles per hour to easily shatter last year’s track mark of 2:04.187 (88.35 mph) set for 2017 TC champion Paul Holton.

Schwartz, the 2015 PWC TCB series champion, is a multi-race winner in 2018 with wins at VIR and Lime Rock Park and currently ranks third in the TC point standings.

Second in the Touring Car qualifying was Karl Wittmer of Montreal, Que., Canada, at 2:04.268 (88.29 mph) in the No. 91 Classic BMW BMW M235iR followed by current TC point leader Vesko Kozarov of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the No. 3 Rearden Racing Nissan 370Z TC Spec at 2:04.434 (88.18 mph), Matt Travis of The Woodlands, Tex., in the No. 26 Classic BMW BMW M235iR at 2:04.995 (87.78 mph) and Paul Terry of Filmore, Utah, at 2:05.237 (87.61 mph) in the No. 33 Rearden Racing Nissan 370Z TC Spec.

The Round 9 40-minute sprint race for Touring Car is schedule Saturday at 11:30 a.m. MDT. Action in the TCR/TCA classes on Saturday begins with qualifying at 10:35 a.m. MDT at UMC and the Round 9 40-minute sprint feature set for 4:05 p.m. MDT.

Sunday’s Round 10 competition for the TC division will begin at 9:00 a.m. MDT.

GRANTSVILLE, Utah – Qualifying results for the Touring Car class in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Utah at Utah Motorsports Campus. Results are provisional until posted Final.

Pos,PIC,Class,Name,Hometown,Car,Laps,Status,Fastest Lap Time,Fastest Lap Avg. Speed
1,1, ,Johan SCHWARTZ,Huntersville, NC,DNK,BMW M235iR Cup,5,Not Running,2:03.648,88.7
2,2, ,Karl WITTMER,Montreal, QC,CAN,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Running,2:04.268,88.2
3,3, ,Vesko KOZAROV,Salt Lake City, UT,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,6,Not Running,2:04.434,88.1
4,4, ,Matt TRAVIS,The Woodlands, TX,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Running,2:04.995,87.7
5,5, ,Paul TERRY,Filmore, UT,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,6,Not Running,2:05.237,87.6
6,6, ,Steve STREIMER,Portland, OR,USA,Nissan 370z TC Spec,8,Not Running,2:05.471,87.4
7,7, ,Robert NIMKOFF,Newtown, CT,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,7,Not Running,2:05.853,87.1
8,8, ,Jayson CLUNIE,Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, CA,CAN,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Not Running,2:05.870,87.1
9,9, ,Sean QUINLAN,Palo Alto, CA,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,5,Not Running,2:05.986,87.0
10,10, ,Henry SCHMITT,San Francisco, CA,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,5,Not Running,2:06.924,86.4
11,11, ,Richard ZULMAN,Cornelius, NC,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Not Running,2:08.007,85.7
12,12, ,Daren JORGENSEN,Austin, TX,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Running,2:09.200,84.9
13,13, ,Greg NITZKOWSKI,La Canada, CA,USA,BMW M235iR Cup,9,Running,2:10.576,84.0