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Jamin, McAleer Score COTA Poles

5/22/21

 

Nico Jamin and Stevan McAleer have claimed overall pole positions for this weekend’s opening rounds of Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America at Circuit of The Americas.

Saturday morning’s pair of 15-minute qualifying sessions, run on a wet track, saw ANSA Motorsports’ Jamin go quickest in Q1 thanks to a 2:21.875 lap time.

It was 0.312 seconds quicker than defending champion Madison Snow in the No. 16 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo.

Richard Antinucci will start third in Race 1 in his No. 27 Dream Racing Motorsport Lamborghini

Antinucci was denied pole for Race 2 in the closing seconds of Q2, which saw McAleer put his No. 16 Change Lamborghini to the top of the time sheets thanks to a 2:21.477 lap time.

It was 0.128 seconds quicker than the Dream Racing Motorsport driver.

Claude Senhoreti qualified third overall in Q2 and was best of the Pro-Am class competitors in his Taurino Racing Lamborghini.

Dream’s Luca Persiani, meanwhile scored the Pro-Am class pole for Race 1, while Trevor Andrusko (TPC Racing) and Giano Taurino (Taurino Racing) picked up the Am class poles.

LB Cup pole honors went to Michael Mennella in the No. 4 MCR Racing Lamborghini and the No. 47 Precision Performance Motorsports entry of Terry Olsen for Race 1 and 2, respectively.

 
Snow, McAleer Pick Up Race 2 Win at COTA

Snow, McAleer Pick Up Race 2 Win at COTA

5/23/21

 

A penalty for Richard Antinucci handed victory to Change Racing’s Madison Snow and Stevan McAleer in Race 2 of Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America at Circuit of The Americas.

Antinucci, who muscled his way to the Pro class lead with 20 minutes to go by an aggressive pass on Snow in Turn 11, was forced to serve a drive-through penalty for passing under a local yellow.

It relegated Saturday’s race-winning No. 27 Dream Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo Evo to a fourth place finish.

Reigning Pro champion Snow took his No. 16 Change Racing entry across the line for his and McAleer’s first win of the season in a race that ended under full-course caution.

It marked McAleer’s first career Super Trofeo victory which has propelled he and Snow into the Pro points lead.

A heavy crash by the No. 82 Change Lamborghini of Scott Welham halted proceedings with less than ten minutes remaining, with the clock running out of time to restart the race.

The No. 48 Kelly-Moss Road and Race entry of Alec Udell, who was catching Snow prior to the yellow, finished second, ahead of the Prestige Performance with Wayne Taylor Racing duo of Kyle Marcelli and Danny Formal, who completed the overall and Pro class podium in third.

Victor Gomez claimed Pro-Am class honors after a late-race pass on the No. 51 Taurino Racing Lamborghini of Claude Senhoreti.

Senhoreti’s co-driver Loris Spinelli led overall from the start as Max Weering suffered an accident to bring out the first yellow on the opening lap. The race restarted with 36 minutes on the clock.

Ashton Harrison picked up Am class honors in the No. 25 Wayne Taylor Racing entry while Bill Peluchiwski came out on top in LB Cup, marking four different class winners compared to Saturday’s season-opener.

It wasn’t clear sailing for a number of competitors in Sunday’s 50-minute race, however.

The No. 6 O’Gara Motorsport/USRT Lamborghini, which challenged early in the hands of Jacob Eidson, suffered a right-rear puncture and finished just off the lead lap.

Daniel Mancinelli, meanwhile, was forced to serve a drive-through for passing before the start of the race in his No. 11 TR3 Racing Lamborghini, which finished seventh overall and fifth in class.

Saturday’s LB Cup winner Matt Dicken stopped on track during the final, race-ending yellow, dashing any hopes of a repeat podium finish for his Change entry.

The No. 46 Precision Performance Motorsports Lamborghini of Brandon Gdovic and Bryan Ortiz, which picked up Pro-Am class honors in Race 1, rebounded from a drive-through penalty for not meeting the minimum pit stop time to finish third in class on Sunday.

 
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Grahovec/McAleer GT4 SprintX Duo Comes to VIR This Weekend In No. 11 Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW BMW M4 Machine

6/2/21

 

ALTON, Va. – The combination of Toby Grahovec and Stevan McAleer have returned to the 2021 Pirelli GT4 America SprintX competition after a few seasons driving other machinery. And they are ready for another strong performance with the #11 Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 sports car this weekend (June 4-6) at the fast VIRginia International Raceway.

Last month at Circuit of the Americas (COTA), Grahovec and McAleer team up for the 60-minute, two-driver action with an impressive showing in the Silver division at the Texas road course. Toby and Stevan, champions in SRO America competition in previous seasons, returned to the Top 3 podium in both features at COTA with second and third place finishes. 

In the very competitive Pirelli GT4 America SprintX division, Grahovec and McAleer worked well as a tandem in the Silver category with third in Saturday’s main event and came back on Sunday to improve one more podium step with second in the Silver class. 

“It was a delight to drive with Stevan in the BMW M4 GT4 in the SprintX competition,” said Grahovec, who serves as the team manager of the Fast Track Racing team. “I hadn’t been back in the M4 in a long time and it’s always great to get on the podium in those events. The GT4 races are extremely competitive, and you have to be on your game as a driver in those events. It was great for the Fast Track Racing team to get the Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW M4 back on the podium too.

“Stevan and I have won our respective classes at VIR in the past,” Toby said. “Now, we are teaming up and looking to record a victory at the fast VIR road course. We have had fun working together again and the field is strong this weekend. So, we’ll have to have everything in place to score a win.”

Pirelli GT4 America SprintX competitors hit the VIR 3.27-mile, 17-turn race surface this Friday for the opening practice round at 10:30 a.m. EDT. Qualifying is schedule for Saturday beginning at 8:00 a.m. followed by Race 1 at 11:30 a.m. Sunday’s GT4 SprintX Race 2 is set for 11:10 a.m. EDT.

 
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Toby Grahovec & Stevan McAleer Win Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Silver Class Sunday in #11 Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW BMW M4

6/6/21

 

ALTON, Va. – The duo of Stevan McAleer and Toby Grahovec had an impressive performance last month at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) with two podium finishes in the No. 11 Fast Track Racing/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 sports car in a scheduled one-off race in the Pirelli GT4 America competition. 

So, Eric Maas, president of Classic BMW, told the guys to take the squad’s BMW M4 GT4 machine to VIRginia International Raceway in search of a victory in the Silver class at the fast 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course this weekend. And the pair didn’t disappoint with a brilliant drive to the winner’s circle Sunday in the 60-minute, two-driver contest. 

After a second and third at COTA, McAleer and Grahovec again showed speed with their Fast Track Racing-prepared BMW M4 in the first practice and consistently moved to the top of the charts including battling for the lead in Saturday’s GT4 SprintX event. A small technical issue hurt their chances for the overall win, but they claimed the second position in the Silver category to continue their podium record. 

In Sunday’s Pirelli GT4 America feature, Grahovec held a solid slot in the early portions of the event until McAleer then made the charge to the front of the field. A late-race caution hurt Stevan’s chances for an overall victory, but the team scored their first 2021 Silver Class triumph in sensational fashion. 

“Stevan drove awesome this weekend and especially in today’s race,” said Grahovec after Sunday’s class victory. “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 veteran racer from Cold Spring, N.Y., put in a tremendous effort as he drove through the most of the GT4 field to take the Silver category win Sunday.

“Toby did a great job in the car this weekend and he handled off the car in great shape,” said McAleer, the Scotland native. “I was able to move up in my stint and we got to the class lead when the caution period came out. We made the most of our opportunities and things paid off. I want to thank Eric (Maas) 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 race more GT4 America events.” 

The Pirelli GT4 America future event on the SRO America calendar is scheduled for August 27-29 at the legendary Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. 

 
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Trent Hindman, Stevan McAleer Quickest in Watkins Glen Pilot Challenge Practice

6/25/21

 

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Archangel Motorsports’ Trent Hindman was fastest overall in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice Friday (June 25) at Watkins Glen International.  Hindman’s quick lap at 107.008 mph was set during the mid-afternoon second session.

Practice No. 1

Pilot Challenge teams were on-track bright and early Friday morning.  The green came out at 8 a.m. for 60 minutes of practice on Watkins Glen’s 3.4-mile long course.

Spencer Pumpelly, a late addition to Blackdog Speed Shop’s lineup in place of team owner Tony Gaples, was quick early on in his McLaren.  Hindman spent much of the session on top of the charts as well.  However, it was Notlad Racing with RS1’s Stevan McAleer, driving in place of the injured Matt Dalton, who turned in the fastest lap in his Aston Martin at 106.880 mph with 22 minutes remaining in the session.

McAleer was four-hundredths of a second faster than the BMW of Turner Motorsport’s Robby Foley.  Hindman was third quickest, followed by the Supra of Riley Motorsports’ Scott Andrews and Wright Motorsports’ Jan Heylen.

Pumpelly ended up sixth quickest in his McLaren, then Andrew Wojteczko Autosport’s Kuno Wittmer and Rebel Rock Racing’s Robin Liddell.  Turner Motorsport’s Bill Auberlen and TeamTGM’s Matt Plumb rounded out the top 10.

Atlanta Speedwerks’ Ryan Eversley was fastest in TCR at 104.723 mph, a full half-second faster than TCR debutant Karl Wittmer for VGMC Racing.  Robert Noaker in the second Atlanta Speedwerks entry made it a Honda 1-2-3.  Van der Steur Racing’s Denis Dupont and CB Autosport’s Trenton Estep were fourth and fifth, respectively.

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Practice No. 2

In the midday practice session, Hindman set the fastest lap of the weekend 17 minutes into the final session, just after a quick adjustment in the pits.  The lap was three-tenths of a second faster than Pumpelly, while McAleer was third.  Andrews was fourth, while McCann Racing’s Andrew Davis was fifth in his Audi.

Heylen was sixth in the sole Porsche in the field.  Murillo Racing’s Eric Foss was seventh, followed by Plumb and Dillon Machavern in the Turner Motorsport No. 95 BMW.  Motorsport In Action’s Spencer Pigot was 10th fastest.

In TCR, Eversley was once again fastest in his Honda Civic Type-R TCR.  He was a little faster in the second session, setting a lap at 104.950 mph to top the class in 23rd overall.  Eversley’s lap was once again more than half a second faster than anyone in the class.  This time, it was Estep in his Hyundai Veloster N TCR that was second.  Noaker was third quickest, then Copeland Motorsports’ Tyler Maxson and VGMC Racing’s Victor Gonzalez Jr.

There were no red flags during either of the two practice sessions.  The opening session did see a couple of spins, but nothing serious.

The second session saw FASTMD Racing’s Alexandre Papadopulos slide off-course and nose his Audi into the barriers.  He was able to drive his Audi back to the paddock, but the team’s Audi R8 LMS GT4 had a damaged nose and splitter.

 
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Stevan McAleer, Patrick Gallagher Win Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240

6/26/21

 

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Notlad Racing by RS1’s Stevan McAleer made a sweeping move to get past Turner Motorsport’s Bill Auberlen exiting the Inner Loop with less than four minutes to go Saturday afternoon (June 26).  From there, McAleer was able to earn himself and teammate Patrick Gallagher the overall victory in the Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 at Watkins Glen International.

Saturday’s Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240 was far from a clean race.  The first couple of hours were full of substantial incidents that will affect the ability for these teams to be able to come back on Friday.

In the opening laps, Roadshagger Racing’s Gavin Ernstone spun and hit the barrier in turn 7 after contact from TeamTGM’s Ted Giovanis.  Giovanis garnered a drive-through penalty for accident responsibility.  Ernstone ended up with suspension damage that required intervention behind the wall.  Ernstone and teammate Jon Morley would eventually finish 52 laps down in 31st overall, 11th in TCR.

Shortly afterwards, Rebel Rock Racing’s Frank DePew went wide exiting turn 8 and lost control of his Camaro.  The result here was that DePew went hard into the wall to bring out the first yellow.  DePew got out of the car under his own power, but appeared to be walking with a limp.  The Camaro was not ok.

A few laps after the restart, Michael Johnson had contact with Bryan Herta Autosport’s Taylor Hagler, spinning Hagler into the gravel trap in turn 10.  That brought out another yellow and cost Hagler a lap while she had to wait until she was pulled out.

The biggest crash of the race occurred early in the second hour when FASTMD Racing’s Alexandre Papadopulos spun exiting turn 1 and went hard into the outside Armco barrier.  Behind Papadopulos, Copeland Motorsports’ Tyler Gonzalez went wide in turn 1.  He had to swerve back towards the racing surface in order to avoid Papadopulos.  At the same time, TeamTGM’s Owen Trinkler and Gonzalez’s teammate AJ Muss collided, pushing Muss into Gonzalez.  Gonzalez then spun and hit the wall head-on.  Both Papadopulos and Gonzalez were able to walk away from their crashes, but they were done for the day.

Andrew Wojteczko Autosport’s Kuno Wittmer started from the pole, but very quickly lost the advantage on the first lap to Blackdog Speed Shop’s Michael Cooper.  McAleer slid into second, putting Wittmer back to third.

The early cautions opened up a series of different pit strategies.  The second caution for Hagler’s spin brought the leaders to pit road.  Motorsports in Action’s Spencer Pigot chose not to stop and took over the advantage.

Once things calmed down, the race was going to come down to a couple of different teams.  One was the Notlad Racing with RS1 Aston Martin.  Another was a similar Aston Martin for Archangel Motorsports.

Riley Motorsports’ Scott Andrews crashed with 52 minutes to go to bring out a long caution.  This saw the leaders make their final stops.  Trent Hindman led the field to pit road, but made an error.  He committed to pit road too late.  This led to a costly drive-through penalty later on.

Repairs to the Armco barrier resulted in a 30-minute caution period.  The race restarted with 22 minutes remaining and Hindman leading Turner Motorsports’ Bill Auberlen.  At the time of the penalty, Hindman had a five-second lead on Auberlen.  Once the penalty was served, Hindman was back to the rear of the top 10.

Auberlen had a couple of seconds over McAleer, but McAleer was able to slowly run Auberlen down.  The battle for the win was relatively short.  It took McAleer about half a lap to make the pass for the win.

McAleer and Gallagher’s margin of victory was just over a second over Auberlen and Dillon Machavern.  Pigot and Sheena Monk ended up third, followed by Wright Motorsports’ Jan Heylen and Ryan Hardwick.  TeamTGM’s Hugh and Matt Plumb were fifth.