Pirelli GT4 America Entries for Toby Grahovec/John Rader and
Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW Team in Sprint/SprintX Races at COTA
- Grahovec/Rader pair in the GT4 SprintX races this weekend in No. 26 BMW M4 GT4
- Former TC America champ Grahovec doing double duty in No. 26 ClassicBMW.com car
AUSTIN, Texas (March 4, 2020) – To say it will be a busy weekend (March 6-8) for Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW team manager and driver Toby Grahovec at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) would be an understatement, as the Celina, Tex., racer will compete in six separate events in the SRO America sports car season opener at the state-of-the-art 3.426-mile, 20-turn road circuit.
Grahovec, who led his organization to the 2018 BMW Sports Trophy as the world’s top BMW racing operation, comes back to his home track with a goal of stepping to the top of the winner’s podium numerous times, a feat his has performed previously at COTA. While leading a dozen crew/pit members in preparation of six races on Saturday and Sunday, Toby will be at the wheel of his Fast Track Racing/ClassicBMW.com BMW sports cars in each of the contests.
After scoring the 2016 TC America series championship, Grahovec has been a top contender in the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX sports car events in the SRO America tour including placing in the top-three in the standings the past two seasons with the potent BMW M4 GT4 machine.
This weekend, Grahovec will see action in both Pirelli GT4 America Sprint and SprintX doubleheader races as well as two TC America events. In the SprintX Pro-Am division at COTA, Toby will co-drive with Dallas’ John Rader in the No. 26 ClassicBMW.com BMW M4 GT in the two-driver, 60-minute races Saturday (12:15 p.m. CST) and Sunday (9:55 a.m. CDT).
“It will be extremely busy for me on and off the track this weekend,” said Grahovec, the former college hockey player at Robert Morris University. “But I’m very excited to be back at the track as team manager of our operation as well as being behind the wheel in many races. I have four Sprint races with GT4 and TC and then co-driving with John in GT4 SprintX will be fun. We have put a lot of laps at COTA in recent months with endurance races and testing in the BMW M4. So, I feel good about the season-opening weekend for the SRO America season. Plus, we have a great group of people coming down from the Dallas area for Classic BMW. We want to be successful on track for them.”
Rader, a rookie in the pro racing SRO America tour, has been an athlete in other sports including collegiate waterskiing, pro sailboard competition and semi-professional bicycle racing. John also holds a variety of patents within the bicycle industry. Now, he’ll team with Grahovec in the No. 26 ClassicBMW.com BMW M4 GT4 in one of SRO America’s most competitive classes, the GT4 SprintX category.“It has been a huge honor to have been given the opportunity to race with Classic BMW,” said Rader. “Toby and the whole Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW crew has been outstanding to work with during my development as a driver. It’s very enjoyable and encouraging. They have helped me achieve my goals in a very short period of time and relating this sport to me. Many thanks to Fast Track Racing and Classic BMW!
Grahovec and Rader will start COTA action Thursday with a GT4 testing session before official Pirelli GT4 America practice begins Friday at 8:50 a.m. CST. The two 50-minute Pirelli GT4 America Sprint races for Grahovec are scheduled for 4:20 p.m. CST Saturday with Sunday’s feature at 3:10 p.m. CDT. The two GT4 SprintX events again are Saturday at 12:15 p.m. CST and Sunday at 9:55 a.m. CDT.
All Pirelli GT4 America races will be streamed live on www.gt4-america.com and via audio simulcast on SiriusXM satellite radio Ch. 385 (980 on the web stream). The Pirelli GT4 America Sprint race highlights from COTA will be televised on CBS Sports Network on Tuesday, March 17, at 8 p.m. EDT, while the GT4 SprintX highlights from COTA will be aired March 17 at 10 p.m. EDT.
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 with BMW M235iR cars. In 2019, Justin Raphael and Stevan McAleer captured the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East Pro-Am class championship in the No. 29 Raphael & Associates/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 car. Classic BMW heads up the BMW customer racing program in North America, with customer-built cars and 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 Cup and BMW M4 GT4 machines in 2020.