SEBRING, FL – For many of the drivers entered in this weekend’s Pirelli GT4 America, the historic Sebring International Raceway brings a new learning experience at the famed 3.74-mile, 17-turn road circuit. Not since 2009 has the SRO America (formerly the Pirelli World Challenge) series competed at Sebring and the 71-year-old track has numerous challenges.
But Fast Track Racing’s Stevan McAleer and Toby Grahovec have logged many laps of the legendary racing facility and must be listed top contenders in both GT4 America 60-minute, two-driver races set for Saturday and Sunday.
For McAleer and Grahovec, the driving duo of the No. 11 Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 sports car comes to the popular Florida track seeking another Pirelli GT4 America overall win and Silver division victory after an impressive triumph at Watkins Glen two weeks ago.
Both racers are very familiar with the racing surface at Sebring with appearances in victory lane during their racing careers and they hope to continue that trend with another step to the top of the podium this weekend.
“We have had good runs in the BMW M4 GT4 car in recent years in other series,” said Grahovec, also the team manager for Fast Track Racing. “Stevan has raced many times at Sebring as have I. We know the circuit and we hope to have more success this weekend after the winning performance at Watkins Glen. But Sebring is a different track than others. It’s a tough place to negotiate with its rougher track surface. We believe our Sebring experience will pay off.”
Despite a late start in the GT4 America series this year, McAleer and Grahovec now rank third in the Silver class point standings and have recorded two race wins and two runner-up places. Now, with four races remaining in the 2021 campaign, the Fast Track Racing team has the opportunity to close in on the leaders in points.
“Sebring is a classic circuit like Watkins Glen and Road America in the U.S.,” said McAleer. “I’ve been there many times in a variety of race cars and our BMW M4 should be right in contention in the two races. Toby and I have teamed together over the years, and we have made a strong tandem.”
The Pirelli GT4 America action begins this Friday (Oct. 1) with practice rounds at 11:05 a.m. EDT and 3:30 p.m. On Saturday, qualifying gets underway at 8:00 a.m. EDT with the first of two 60-minute contests set for 11:00 a.m. Sunday’s Race 2 is scheduled at 10:30 a.m. EDT.