- 21-year-old college student racks up two more TCX feature wins for 4-for-4 in 2021
- Stevan McAleer/Toby Grahovec score 2nd & 3rd in Pirelli GT4 America SprintX action
- Newcomer John Hennessy takes 3rd in TCX BMW M2CS Racing Cup debut
AUSTIN, Texas (May 3, 2021) – It was a constant trip to the victory podium last Saturday and Sunday for the local Texas state road racing team at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) as the Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW contingent enjoyed a successful weekend in the SRO America road racing series at the 3.426-mile, 20-turn course east of Austin.
Led by another double feature win weekend for the 21-year-old college student Jacob Ruud of Racine, Wis., the Fast Track Racing squad recorded multiple podium visits with the other teammates such as Stevan McAleer, Toby Grahovec and John Hennessy, who made his SRO America debut at COTA.
Ruud, the senior at Rochester Institute of Technology, continued his sensational runs with pole positions, fastest race laps and 40-minute sprint victories in the No. 81 Light Speed/Classic BMW BMW M2CS Racing Cup sports car despite fighting the heavy rainstorms in Saturday’s 12-lap TCX main event. Jacob returned on Sunday with a dominant performance to score his fourth TCX division triumph in four tries in the TC America sprint competition.
“Sunday’s race was much easier than Saturday’s wild affair,” said Ruud, who captured two TCX races last month at Sonoma Raceway. “In the dry, I had a great car, and everything was just awesome. It was quite a contrast from Saturday’s race when I was driving in my first rain event. It was wild. The track was very tough for the rear-wheel-drive cars and I had to be very careful. But I’m excited to win two races for Fast Track Racing and Classic BMW in their home state of Texas.”
Hennessy, the business executive from Bellevue, Wash., moved into the No. 50 No. 81 Classic BMW BMW M2CS Racing Cup machine for the first time in TC America action and put in a very solid showing with a place on the victory podium (third) in TCX on Saturday and fourth on Sunday in his series debut weekend.
Grahovec, the 2016 TC America series champion from Celina, Tex., recorded a third place Sunday in the TC class with his popular No. 26 Classic BMW BMW M240iR sedan. In Saturday’s TC contest, Toby ran third until he was a victim of the rain on the final lap, and he placed 12th.
In the very competitive Pirelli GT4 America SprintX division, Grahovec and veteran Stevan McAleer were very impressive in the Silver category with positions on the podium in the No. 11 Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 sports car. Toby and Stevan placed third in Saturday’s 60-minute, two-driver event and came back on Sunday to improve one more podium step with second in the Silver class.
“It was a good weekend for the home state team,” said Grahovec, who serves as the team manager of the Fast Track Racing team when he isn’t behind the wheel of his race car. “Another great performance by Jacob and a very good showing by John in his first TCX races. I got caught in the rain conditions on Saturday in TC, but we got back on the podium on Sunday.
“It was a delight to drive with Stevan in the BMW M4 GT4 for the SprintX competition this weekend. I hadn’t been back in the M4 in a long time and it’s always great to get on the podium in those events. The GT4 races are extremely competitive, and you have to be on your game as a driver in those events. It was great for the Fast Track Racing team to get everyone the podium too.”
The TCX/TC America highlights will be shown on the CBS Sports Network on Sunday (May 9) at 7 p.m. EDT with an encore showing on Monday (May 10) at 12:30 a.m. EDT. The Pirelli GT4 America highlights will be televised on Saturday (May 8) at 6:30 p.m. EDT and Sunday (May 9) at 9 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, led by team manager Toby Grahovec, has captured numerous race events over the past decade and was 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. The Fast Track Racing team has won the TC America Touring Car Team championships with BMW M235iR and M240iR cars in 2018 and 2020. 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. Fast Track Racing campaigns the new BMW M2 CS Cup, BMW M240iR Cup and BMW M4 GT4 machines in 2021.