Fast Track Racing set to campaign BMW M4 GT4 sports car for Tim Horrell and Raphael Matos in Pirelli GT4 America Series
The Fast Track Racing team announced today that paraplegic driver Tim Horrell will team up with veteran sports car champion Raphael Matos in a specially prepared BMW M4 GT4 sports car to compete in the Pirelli GT4 sports car series. 2022 America SprintX which will start at Sonoma Raceway in April. 15-17.
Horrell, the inspirational paraplegic runner from Coral Springs, Florida, was seriously injured in a traffic accident in 2011 and he lost the use of his legs due to the accident. Despite his disability, the Pennsylvania native had a desire to enter the world of motorsport starting with karting in 2015 with the guidance of the late Jim Pace, the former Sports Car Championship driver. Horrell’s karts were developed with manual controls for his on-track competition.
After an impressive and accomplished race in karts, Horrell moved into sports car racing with strong performances in the Porsche 718 Cayman prepared by Breathless Racing for the GT division of the Trans-Am Series. Tim moved up to the Trans-Am GT series and took two class wins in 2020 and set multiple track records. He participated in the Porsche Sprint Challenge in 2021.
Matos, a two-time Trans-Am TA2 series champion from Brazil, joins the Texas-based sportscar organization after an impressive racing career in open-wheel and sportscar racing that includes touring championships. National Barber (2003), Star Mazda Pro Series (2005), Champ Car Atlantic Championship (2007) and Indy Lights (2009). Additionally, Raphael won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona (GT) in 2008 and was named Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year in 2009. He was also the fastest rookie qualifier in 2009. In recent years , Matos, who now resides in Boca Raton, FL, focused on the Trans-Am sports car campaign with two series titles and two series runners-up.
Matos and Horrell will compete for the Sewell Automotive Companies-sponsored Fast Track Racing team in a specially developed BMW M4 with manual controls for Horrell as the pair compete in the 60-minute two-driver SRO GT4 events.
“We are delighted to welcome drivers such as Tim and Rafa to the Pirelli GT4 America SprintX division this year,” said Fast Track Racing Team Principal Toby Grahovec. “Rafa is one of the best sports car drivers in North America and Tim has shown impressive speed in his Trans-Am career. We will be working on developing the team’s BMW M4 with manual controls. from Tim as well as testing with both riders. We believe this combination will be very competitive in the 2022 SRO season.
“At Fast Track Racing, we have several crew members who have worked with hand-operated race cars in the past. Their knowledge of the project will help Tim and Rafa feel comfortable in our BMW M4 GT4 car.
Horrell continued his racing skills this winter in karting in Homestead, Florida, and is excited about the new SRO Pirelli GT4 America project with the Fast Track Racing effort.
“Running with Rafa in the pro ranks in 2022 is a great opportunity for me,” said Horrell, the Pennsylvania native. “I learned a lot from him in karting and I know that the Fast Track Racing team is a great team with many victories and championships. We plan to work on our configurations as well as driver changes during the next tests. I know the BMW M4 is a fast car in the GT4 class, and we’ll be working with the crew to get us a competitive car ready to go at Sonoma Raceway.
Matos is eager to compete with the new BMW M4 GT4 machine after driving Trans-Am TA2 cars to series crowns in 2018 and 2021.
“I’ve seen the speed of the BMW M4 in GT4 racing for a while, and I’m very excited to race the car with Tim,” said Matos. “I’ve worked with Tim in karting and I’m very impressed with his speed despite driving with manual controls. He showed speed in karting and in the Trans-Am series. We look forward to starting testing with the BMW in the near future.
Horrell and Matos will drive Fast Track Racing’s #10 BMW M4 GT4 machine on the seven-weekend, 14-race tour beginning at Sonoma Raceway April 15-17, followed by Ozark International Raceway May 20-22, VIRginia International Raceway June 17-19, Watkins Glen International July 22-24, Road America August 19-21, Sebring International Raceway September 23-25, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway October 7-9.
Fast Track Racing has been a stellar organization in the SRO road racing series for decades with 26 pro wins and over 100 total wins, including 22 poles and 113 podiums, with 23 of the fastest laps.
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