Race Car Driver // Team Owner // Coach
Stevan McAleer, who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, started his racing career racing go-karts. After reaching higher levels of success year after year, he eventually earned a chance to race in the Skip Barber Regional Series in the United States of America. McAleer rocketed through the ranks and today he is a champion winning driver, a world-class racing coach, and a co-owner of McCumbee McAleer Racing.
Fast Track Racing's Justin Raphael & Stevan McAleer Capture 2019 Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East Pro-Am Championship
PLANO, Texas. (Oct. 14, 2019) – In a highly-fought GT4 SprintX racing campaign in 2019, the Fast Track Racing driving duo of Justin Raphael and Stevan McAleer drove their No. 29 Raphael & Associates/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 sports car to the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX East Pro-Am class championship this year in the ten-event road racing series.
Recording victories at VIRginia International Raceway and Road America, the pairing of Raphael (Am) and McAleer (Pro) collected five additional podium (Top-3) finishes as well as three fourth places in capturing the coveted series title for Fast Track Racing, the 2018 BMW Sports Trophy winning team worldwide.
Coming down to the final weekend at Road America, the Raphael/McAleer combo were down two points to Karl Wittmer in the points hunt. But a win and a third-place finish in the two 60-minute, two-driver races proven to be the clincher for the pair in taking the division crown.
The 2019 Pirelli GT4 America tour was the second year for Raphael and McAleer together in the SprintX format. They scored a second at COTA to highlight their 2018 season.
But this year, the sophomore campaign with the BMW M4 GT4 machine and as teammates, the Raphael/McAleer pairing became a contender and worked hard to challenge for series championship.
“I know we learned a lot about the new BMW M4 race car and driving together in 2018,” said Raphael, the businessman from Franklin Lakes, N.J. “Stevan has been a tremendous teammate and mentor for me in these types of sports cars. The professional classes are extremely competitive and to just win a race is a great accomplishment. But to capture a season championship is an honor and a thrill. I want to thank Stevan for his guidance and great driving, as well as the whole Fast Track Racing/CLASSIC BMW team for giving us the resources and race car to take us to the top of the podium in the points hunt. It was a superb season.”
“Talk about a sway in emotions this season,” said McAleer, the Scotland native now residing in Cold Spring, N.Y., “Early on, we looked down and out. Then mid- season, we proved we were back with strong results at VIR. In the penultimate race at Watkins Glen, we struggled all weekend and again felt like luck wasn’t on our side. We weren’t sure how the points would finish after Road America. Then received a call saying there had been a points error in the last race and that we were champions. It’s the craziest season of racing that I’ve ever been a part of. But it’s official! Justin and I are Pirelli GT4 America Sprint X East Champions.
“I want to thank Justin for giving me the opportunity to drive with him for the last two years. It shows that hard work from him at the track pays off. He had tons of speed towards the halfway point of the season. Also, a big shout out to Chris Ohmacht, who I have been coaching alongside Justin for the past two years. He has made leaps and bounds and heads into his final race at Vegas fighting for third place in his championship (SprintX Pro-Am national series). It’s been a truly great year with the Classic BMW crew, engineers Marc Manning and Alex Perry, and BMW driving their M4 GT4 car. I can’t wait to defend the title in 2020.”
For Fast Track Racing team manager Toby Grahovec, the organization’s hard work paid off with another series championship for CLASSIC BMW and BMW Motorsport.
“That was a wild series in the GT4 classes, and we are very excited for Justin, Stevan and the whole crew to capture the SprintX East Pro-Am title,” said Grahovec, the 2016 TC America series champion for CLASSIC BMW. “The competition was very tight this year in all of the GT4 categories, and our Fast Track guys worked their rear-ends off supporting several race cars in the GT4 SprintX and Touring Car classes. We are very happy to bring another championship to BMW Motorsport too. They are a spectacular group to work with each year.”
Grahovec and Ohmacht will now compete this weekend (Oct. 18-20) in the No. 92 VETS Indexes/CLASSIC BMW BMW M4 GT4 car at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Pro-Am class doubleheader race weekend.