Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW Comes to COTA With Four GTS SprintX BMW M4 GT4 Entries This Weekend
Two 2nd Place finishes the last two weeks at St. Pete & Sebring for the team
AUSTIN, Texas – Coming off impressive performances at St. Petersburg and Sebring the last two weeks, the Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW GTS racing ream is back in its home state with a strong four-car operation for this weekend’s (March 23-25) Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Texas at Circuit of the Americas (COTA).
The Plano, Tex.-based motorsports organization is schedules to have a large supportive crowd following the four-car effort in the PWC GTS SprintX doubleheader with the 60-minute, two-driver features on Saturday and Sunday at the famed 3.427-mile, 20-turn racing facility.
At streets of St. Petersburg, team leader Toby Grahovec scored the team’s first GTS podium with a runner-up finish in the No. 26 Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW M4 GT4 at the Pirelli World Challenge season-opener. Last week, Grahovec and Jayson Clunie scored a second in the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 (two-hour) CSCC event at Sebring.
Now, in the third consecutive week, a four-car contingent for Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW comes to the state-of-the-art COTA track as part of the 28-car field with Justin Raphael and Stevan McAleer in the No. 17 Raphael & Associates BMW M4 GT4, Mike Vess and Jason Hart in the No. 27 Vess Energy Group BMW M4 GT4, Daren Jorgensen and Cameron Lawrence in the No. 113 RHC Lawrence-Strom BMW M4 GT4 and Grahovec and Chris Ohmacht in the No. 92 Classic BMW.com/ETF Global BMW M4 GT4.
In addition, Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW will campaign four entries in the Touring Class at COTA with the BMW M235iR sedans for a total eight Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW cars in action this weekend.
“We have had a pretty good last couple of weeks with the new BMW M4 GT4 from CLASSIC BMW,” said Grahovec, the 2016 PWC TC champion. “We weren’t far off winning either of those races at St. Petersburg and Sebring. Now, we come to our home track at COTA and I expect our new BMW M4 GT4 cars to be competitive at one of our favorite tracks. We have some good driver combinations this weekend. It would be awesome to have a CLASSIC BMW car capture a GTS race at COTA.”
Raphael, the veteran from Franklin Lakes, N.J., brings his No. 17 BMW M4 GT4 machine with pro racer McAleer of Coldspring, N.Y., in the GTS SprintX Pro-Am division as well as Vess and Hart in the No. 27 BMW M4 GT4 also in the Pro-Am class after a tough Sebring event last weekend.
Jorgensen will compete this weekend at COTA in the Pro-Am division with professional driver Lawrence, a former Trans-Am champion.
Grahovec will be paired with Chris Ohmacht in the No. 92 BMW M4 GT4 in the GTS SprintX Am category at COTA.
The four-car Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW GTS SprintX team will have two practice session on Friday (March 23) with the opening 60-minute, two-driver GTS SprintX race set for Saturday (March 24) at 1:20 p.m. Round 2 of the GTS SprintX class is scheduled for Sunday at 10:15 a.m.
Classic BMW in Plano, Tex., heads up the BMW customer racing program in North America, with customer-built cars and has captured the 2016 PWC Touring Car title with Gravohec and the BMW M235iRacing. The BMW M235iR racing sedan also won the PWC Touring Car manufacturer’s championship in 2017.