PORTLAND, Ore. (July 14, 2019) – Toby Grahovec’s chase for the 2019 Touring Car Championship continued to produce impressive runs in the No. 26 Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW NMW M240iR this weekend at Portland International Raceway in the 59th Rose Cup Races featuring the TC America competition.
Grahovec, the Celina, Tex., veteran driver, won the 2016 TC America series title and was locked in a tight battle with another BMW veteran racer Johan Schwartz coming into the TC doubleheader 40-minute sprint events at the 1.967-mile, 12-turn PIR road circuit located at the Delta Park portion of north Portland.
In the Saturday contest, Grahovec started third on the grid and the Schwartz-Grahovec battle began immediately with Toby sliding through the first corner at the drop of the green and applying the pressure to Schwartz. Both drivers were hitting their marks and putting on a sensational duel to the checkered flag.
Grahovec tried several maneuvers to grab the lead in the TC Round 9 but had settle for the runner-up spot, just 0.191 seconds behind Schwartz. Despite the second-place run, Toby did set the fastest race lap and set him up with the pole position in Sunday’s TC 40-minute Round 10 race.
It was Grahovec’s sixth runner-up placing of the 2019 TC campaign.
In Sunday’s feature, Toby took his No. 26 Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW BMW M240iR to the front into turn one and kept a hectic pace with Schwartz trailing in a similar duel to Saturday’s shootout. It was an exciting matchup for 24 laps before Schwartz forced his way by in turn seven on the 25th circuit. Grahovec fought back and made a similar move on the 27th lap.
However, the two leaders tangled and went off the track in turn seven. Schwartz was able to return to the racing surface and Grahovec could not with his No. 26 BMW M240iR. Toby was credited with tenth place Sunday at PIR, while Schwartz won the event.
It was a disappointing finish to a stellar weekend for the Fast Track Racing in the northwest as Grahovec looked to have a path to the top step of the podium on Sunday. The mishap cost Toby many valuable points in his quest for a second TC America series championship.
The Fast Track Racing squad will now regroup and move to the next TC America doubleheader (Rounds 11-12) weekend set for Aug. 30-Sept. 1 at the historic Watkins Glen International road course.
In addition to Grahovec in the TC America action at PIR, Shawn Webster from Hard Motorsports drove the No. 31 Classic BMW BMW M240iR machine to eighth and tenth in the two 40-minute sprint events.
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 capturednumerous 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 led by Karl Wittmer, Matt Travis and Jayson Clunie in BMW M235iR cars. Toby Grahovec and Chris Ohmacht won two GTS Am SprintX division races in 2018 and finished third in the SprintX final points in the new BMW M4 GT4 sports car. Classic BMW heads up the BMW customer racing program in North America, with customer-built cars and has already 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 and BMW M4 GT4 machines in 2019.