ELKHART LAKE, WI – Road America has always been a playground for sports car driver Toby Grahovec.
The Chicago native grew up with his father, Duane, competing at the legendary four-mile road circuit and his family spending weekends in the Elkhart Lake area. After a successful high school and college (Robert Morris University) hockey career, Grahovec moved into sports car racing himself.
Grahovec, who now resides in Celina, TX, is a major player in the sports car racing world as a top competitor and team manager of the Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW team which comes to Road America this weekend (Aug. 27-29) for the SRO America action.
Few drivers in the Pirelli GT4 America presented by CrowdStrike SprintX field (40 cars) have the experience of Grahovec at the famed Elkhart Lake racing facility and, when Toby teams with his co-driver Stevan McAleer this weekend, the duo must be listed as a favorite to capture the GT4 Silver division in the doubleheader races set for Saturday and Sunday.
Grahovec and McAleer scored an impressive victory in the recent GT4 America SprintX event at
VIRginia International Raceway in the Silver class in the 60-minute, two-driver affair at the fast 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course with their No. 11 Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 sports car.
“We have been running well with the Classic BMW BMW M4 car in recent races and the win at VIR was big for the whole Fast Track Racing team,” said Grahovec. “We didn’t run the first two races of the season, but we have been on the podium in the last four Silver events with the VIR victory. So, we are expecting to continue that trend at one of my favorite racetracks. It would be awesome to win again at Road America. That place is legendary.
“Stevan drove awesome in the VIR races. The Fast Track Racing crew were outstanding preparing the car and then running an excellent strategy for us. I’m so proud how this team worked so hard to give us a strong car.”
McAleer, the Scotland native who has become a world-class racing coach, is no stranger to Road America either with a successful career in a variety of sports cars. McAleer has been busy in SRO America and IMSA road racing this year.
“It’s been a long time out the BMW M4 GT4 car,” said McAleer. “The other series (IMSA) I race in are actually coming close to an end and SRO is just beginning. We are not even halfway through the season yet, so I am certainly very excited to get back in Classic BMWs M4 GT4 and chase this championship with Toby. I haven’t checked the weather, but I wouldn’t mind a splash of rain out there with this 40-car field.”
“At VIR, we made the most of our opportunities and things paid off. I want to thank Eric (Maas, Fast Track Racing team owner) for giving me the chance to race with Toby again in the BMW M4 GT4 car. This crew is an excellent squad and I hope we continue to win more GT4 America events.”
The Pirelli GT4 America activities at Road America begin on Friday, Aug. 27, with practice set for 11:50 a.m. CDT followed by qualifying on Saturday, Aug. 28, at 8 a.m. CDT. The GT4 America 60-minute races are scheduled for Saturday at 11:15 a.m. CDT and Sunday at 10:45 a.m. CDT.