- No. 26 BMW M4 GT4 set for IMSA MICHELIN Pilot Challenge Season Opener
- Reid to compete with Grahovec, Clunie in 4-hour BMW Endurance Challenge
PLANO, Tex. (Dec. 14, 2018) — Anglo American Oil Company Ltd, distributors for Sunoco Race Fuels throughout the UK, Europe and the Middle East, today announced that Kyle Reid, winner of this year’s Sunoco 240 Challenge, will be driving for Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW team in the No. 26 BMW M4 GT4 sports car at the 2019 IMSA season opener at Daytona International Speedway.
Reid will be joining Toby Grahovec and Jayson Clunie for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge four-hour event, BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona on January 25, 2019.
Kyle Reid, 29, is this year’s Sunoco 240 Challenge winner, and the 2018 the Mini Challenge UK Cooper Pro Champion. He was able to take the championship and the Challenge prize win with some impressive results. Competing in 20 races, Kyle was on the podium (top-three) 18 times and winning 15 races.
Agreeing the deal with Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW for Kyle’s fully funded prize drive, Anders Hildebrand, Managing Director of AAOC, said, “Kyle is our eighth winner of the Sunoco 240 Challenge and beat over 160 other competitors from Mini Challenge, Radical, British GT, F3 Cup, Britcar, GT Cup and LMP3 to win the race seat at the four-hour endurance race at Daytona. The Challenge point system is structured to promote speed and consistency, both important attributes to become a successful endurance driver, and, for sure, Kyle proved by winning the 2018 240 Challenge that he has an abundance of both. I’ve seen Kyle race on many occasions and am confident that he will do a very good job.
“His commitment and preparation for this opportunity is second to none and he has already spent time in the Base Performance simulator with 2016 Sunoco Whelen Challenge winner Jonny Adam as his coach to learn the track and get a feeling for the BMW GT4 car he will be racing. I’m also very excited that we, this year, have teamed up with Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW team manager Toby Grahovec who will also be one of the drivers in the BMW that Kyle will race. We are very much looking forward to working with Toby and to present Kyle to his team – this could be the year we’ll have a good chance of a podium finish!”
“We are very excited to have Kyle join us at Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW,” said Grahovec, team manager for Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW. “With his outstanding track record, we believe he will be a great asset in helping us pursue the victory”.
In the 2018 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, the Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW M4 GT4 was impressive with a second place at Sebring with Grahovec and Clunie as well as a fourth place at the BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona International Speedway.Sunoco 240 Challenge
A couple of years after starting the main Sunoco Whelen Challenge, we introduced the Sunoco 200 Challenge which runs alongside the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona. Since then it has captured the imagination of over 600 registered racers. In 2017 the name was changed to the Sunoco 240 Challenge to reflect the race change from 200 miles to a 240-minute endurance race and is increasingly becoming a talking point throughout the UK paddocks. It gives the winner the chance to compete in the BMW Endurance Challenge which takes place on the Friday before the Rolex 24 in a GT4 car in the top GS class – providing yet another opportunity for an aspiring racing driver to compete at the world-famous venue.
The 2019 Sunoco 240 Challenge is run by Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. and provides the winner, from additional eligible series, with a race seat in a top GT4 car during the 4-hour endurance race on the Friday before the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Included in the prize is travel, hotel, the cost of the prize drive and a dedicated race suit for the winner. The driver who wins the challenge gains the full American experience by racing in a V8 muscle car.
Eligible Series for Sunoco 240 Challenge
The qualifying series for the 2018 race season were the British GT3 & GT4 (AM Drivers), LMP3 Cup (AM Drivers), F3 Cup, Mini Challenge (JCW & Cooper), GT Cup, Britcar Endurance and the Radical Challenge, Radical European Masters (AM Drivers).
Anglo American Oil Company Ltd. distribute Sunoco Race fuels throughout UK, Europe and the Middle East. We complement these fuels by stocking a range of pitstop products: Driven Racing Oil, R Racing fuels and lubricants, ISC racers tape, PJ1 trackbite, Freezetone and Kleers car care products. We will also continue to fuel over 20 championships throughout Europe. www.aaoil.co.uk
Sunoco Race Fuels are manufactured and designed on the east coast of America in Philadelphia. Sunoco is the largest manufacturer of race fuels in the World. Sunoco owns the whole manufacturing process, enabling 100% control from raw materials to finished product. Sunoco is the official fuel of NASCAR and has, since December 2003, been represented in Europe and in the Middle East by the Anglo American Oil Company Ltd.
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 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.