WATKINS GLEN, NY – Stevan McAleer and Toby Grahovec have proven to be a successful pairing in the Pirelli GT4 America road racing action this year despite competing on a very limited basis.
The two veteran sports car drivers, who both have captured series championship during their careers, weren’t sure they would be competing in the GT4 races this year when the SRO America tour began in March at Sonoma, CA.
The Fast Track Racing organization decided to make the late start on the national tour and the drivers of the No. 11 Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 sports car made an immediate impact in the Silver class in GT4 America.
With one GT4 Silver victory (at VIR), two runner-up finishes and one third place, McAleer and Grahovec
now come to the historic Watkins Glen International road circuit in upstate New York this weekend (Sept. 17-19). McAleer, the Scotland native who now resides in Cold Spring, NY, has been successful at the Glen’s 3.4-mile road course through his career including wins in IMSA and SRO. Grahovec has won numerous races at Watkins Glen as well.
The McAleer/Grahovec pairing for this weekend’s Pirelli GT4 America doubleheader races expect to be a contending duo in the Saturday and Sunday’s 60-minute, two-driver contests at the Glen. Saturday’s main event will get underway at 11:30 a.m. EDT with Sunday’s feature set for 11:00 a.m. EDT.
“We started the season a little late, but Stevan and I have had several good runs with our Fast Track Racing-prepared Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 car,” said Grahovec, who also serves as team manager for Fast Track Racing. “We have been one of the fastest cars in the series with the M4, and we expect that to continue this weekend at Watkins Glen. Both of us know the track very well and we’ll work hard to get the proper setup for the fast portions of the circuit. I think our BMW M4 will be strong.”
A 33-car Pirelli GT4 America field is entered for this weekend’s doubleheader 60-minute races and McAleer believes the No. 11 Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 machine can run at the front of the pack.
“We have had a strong car in GT4 this year,” said McAleer. “We won at VIR (VIRginia International Raceway) and had a fast car at Road America. Unfortunately, we had a couple of mechanical issues that hurt our races at Road America. I think Watkins Glen will be a good circuit for our BMW M4 GT4 machine.
“This Fast Track Racing crew is an excellent squad and I hope we continue to win more GT4 America events. It’s another big field and we want to qualify well to start the races at the front. It’s always fun to race at a legendary circuit like Watkins Glen.”
The Pirelli GT4 America activities at Watkins Glen International begin on Friday, Sept. 17, with practice set for 12:05 p.m. and 5:15 p.m. EDT followed by qualifying on Saturday, Sept. 18, at 8 a.m. EDT. The GT4 America 60-minute races are scheduled for Saturday at 11:30 a.m. EDT and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. EDT.