● Former TC Champ Toby Grahovec Returns to TC Field with new BMW M240iR
● Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW Brings 3 BMW M4 SprintX Efforts at COTA
● Raphael/McAleer, Grahovec/Ohmacht & Sexton/Mason pairings in SprintX races
AUSTIN, Tex. – The 2018 BMW World Sports Trophy winning-team, Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW of Plano, Tex., returns to the Pirelli GT4 America and TC America divisions this weekend (March 1-3) at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge season-opening doubleheader races.
Fast Track Racing, who recently captured the biggest award in BMW worldwide customer racing in Munich, Germany, comes to its home race track for the sports car competition in the Pirelli GT America SprintX class with three BMW M4 GT4 entries and in the TC America category with one BMW M240iR machine.
Toby Grahovec of Celina, Tex., the 2016 Touring Car series champion, will handle double duty at COTA as the personable Fast Track Racing team manager returns to the TC America action with the new No. 26 Classic BMW BMW M240iR sedan in two 40-minute sprint races set for Saturday (March 2) at 11:15 a.m. CST and Sunday (March 3) at 9:00 a.m. CST.
Grahovec will also team with Chris Ohmacht of Franklin Lakes, N.J., in the GT4 America 60-minute doubleheader events at the wheel of the No. 92 VETS Indexes/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 sports car in the GT4 contests scheduled for Saturday at 1:05 p.m. CST and Sunday at 10:10 a.m. CST.
Joining Grahovec and Ohmacht in the Pirelli GT4 America events at COTA for the Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW contingent will be the combinations of Justin Raphael of Franklin Lakes, N.J., and Stevan McAleer of Cold Spring, N.Y., in the No. 17 Raphael & Associates/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 car and Jeff Sexton of Austin, Tex., and Ray Mason of Columbus, Ohio in the No. 254 Saga Racing/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4.
“The end of the 2018 was very exciting for the Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW team with the Touring Car team championship in the TC division for World Challenge and then the team being named BMW Motorsports 2018 Sports Trophy Team of the Year,” said Grahovec. “We want to give a huge thanks to BMW Motorsports for building incredible race cars that allow us to compete at a top level each week during the season. The blood, sweat and tears make victory and these accomplishments that much sweeter! We have been working hard during the off-season to prepare solid, strong BMW race cars for 2019. We have looking forward to competing at our home track of COTA in the World Challenge season openers.”
In addition to the TC America doubleheader action at COTA this weekend, the Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW GT4 America team begins track action Friday with practice runs followed by Saturday’s qualifying rounds at 9 a.m. CST.
The two 60-minute Pirelli GT4 America SprintX races are scheduled for 1:05 p.m. CST on Saturday, March 2, and 10.10 a.m. CST on Sunday, March 3.
All Pirelli GT4 America and TC America races at COTA will be live streamed on www.world-challenge.com and will be televised on CBS Sports Network at a future date.
About Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW:
Fast Track Racing is located at the Classic BMW headquarters in Plano, Tex., north of Dallas. Fast Track Racing has captured numerous race events over the past decade and was recently awarded the BMW Sports Trophy award as the Top BMW Racing Team worldwide in 2018. It marked the first time an American racing organization has captured the prestigious award. In addition, the Fast Track Racing also won the Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car Team championship led by Karl Wittmer, Matt Travis and Jayson Clunie in BMW M235iR cars. Toby Grahovec and Chris Ohmacht won two GTS Am SprintX division races in 2018 and finished third in the SprintX final points in the new BMW M4 GT4 sports car. Classic BMW heads up the BMW customer racing program in North America, with customer-built cars and has already captured a 2016 Touring Car driver’s title with Grahovec and the BMW M235iR car. The BMW M235iR racing sedan also won the Touring Car manufacturer’s championship in 2017 and 2018. Fast Track Racing will campaign BMW M240iR and BMW M4 GT4 machines in 2019.
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