- Texas Duo brings potent No. 26 BMW M4 GT4 sports car for Grand Sport Division
- First 2020 IMSA appearance for Hull after GT4 America win earlier this year at VIR
LEXINGTON, Ohio (September 25, 2020) – Young Chandler Hull makes his first IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge appearance of the 2020 sports car racing campaign this weekend (Sept. 25-27) at the legendary Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Rounds 6 and 7 in the two-hour contests at the 2.258-mile, 13-turn road circuit.
Hull, who was prepared to compete in the European GT4 series before the COVID-19 Pandemic occurred, will team with veteran Toby Grahovec in the No. 26 TACenergy/ClassicBMW.com BMW M4 GT4 sports car as part of the 20-car Grand Sport field in Saturday and Sunday Mid-Ohio 120 doubleheader races. Grahovec drove the Fast Track Racing-prepared BMW M4 in the season-opening event at Daytona International Speedway.
The two Texas-based racers have scored a GT4 victory at VIRginia International Raceway this summer the GT4 America action and look to reach the podium in two Michelin Pilot Challenge features on the demanding Mid-Ohio road track. Saturday’s 120-minute main event is set for 1:05 p.m. EDT, while Sunday’s two-hour event will begin at 10:35 a.m. EDT.
“We are anxious to get back to Mid-Ohio,” said Grahovec, who also serves as the Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW team manager in Plano, Tex. “It is such a classic road circuit and it demands plenty from the driver and the car. Chandler and I are in our first year as teammates, but we have learned about our driving styles and believe we can be competitive in our return to the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.
“The IMSA series is extremely tough and we have to be on our game from the opening practice round. But I have been very impressed with Chandler’s development in our team’s BMW M4 and our Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW crew has worked closely with him. We are looking for a good performance in the two events at Mid-Ohio. We have a lot of enthusiasm entering the Mid-Ohio. We can’t wait to get started Friday.”
Hull, 25-year-old racer from Dallas, has shown outstanding abilities in his first season in the TACenergy/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4. Chandler is ready for his 2020 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge debut.
“I’m very excited for this weekend’s IMSA action at Mid-Ohio,” said Hull. “Toby and his Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW team have put together an excellent BMW M4 GT4 car and I’m ready to hit the Mid-Ohio track. It’s a historic circuit but difficult. The corners can be tough and grueling. I expect very tough competition in both two-hour races this weekend. But it will be fun too.”
The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge action begins Friday (Sept. 25) at 10:45 a.m. EDT with the opening practice rounds followed by another practice at 2:50 p.m. EDT. Saturday’s qualifying will take place at 8 a.m. EDT with Saturday’s first Mid-Ohio 120 at 1:05 p.m. EDT. Sunday’s second Mid-Ohio 120 starts at 10:35 a.m. EDT.
The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge races can be viewed on TrackPass at the NBC Sport Gold website with Saturday’s race at 1 p.m. EDT and Sunday’s contest at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Highlights of the Mid-Ohio 120 event will be televised Monday (Sept. 28) at 3 p.m. EDT on the NBC Sports Network.
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.