Fast Track Racing Brings 4-Car BMW Lineup to TC America

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The new 4-car lineup will make its debut at Sonoma Raceway April 15-17. (Photo from fast track racing)

PLANO, Texas — Fast Track Racing announced a four-driver TCX class lineup led by 2021 TCX Drivers Champion Jacob Ruud in the 14-race TC America Racing Series powered by Skip Barber.

A winner of 10 TCX main events in 2021, Ruud swept the inaugural TCX campaign last year with impressive performances throughout the SRO America Tour, including race wins, poles and race fastest laps.

Ruud, the 22-year-old driver from Racine, Wis., didn’t have much time to celebrate his series championship as he has plenty of credits in his pursuit of his Masters in Cyber ​​Security due to graduate in May.

While his winter testing has been limited, Ruud has continued his simulation work at the various SRO tracks for 2022.

Along with the championship title effort, Ruud has launched Jacob Ruud Racing; a personal best after his journey to defend the TCX title.

“Last year was a dream season for me and the guys at Fast Track Racing,” said Ruud. “Winning 10 races and the championship was much more than we expected with the new BMW M2 car. But the team did a great job of giving me a super machine to drive and we were prepared for every track. We didn’t know what to expect with the new series and the new car. Now this year, I know I have a goal on my back as the defending champion. I am looking forward to getting back to Sonoma Raceway with the car and the team. I look forward to continuing our success.”

Joining Ruud in the four-car Fast Track Racing TCX team will be former ski star Olivia Askew, young racer Garrett Adams and software entrepreneur Mark Wilgus.

Askew and Adams, both college students, have been members of the Fast Track Racing team in the past, while Wilgus makes his TC America debut this year.

Askew, the former Junior Freeride Ski World Champion (2017), competed on a limited TCX schedule in 2021 with Fast Track Racing and posted two third and fourth places.

The University of Utah math student now returns for a full season in the No. 29 DXDT BMW M2 CS machine.

“I learned a lot with the Fast Track Racing team last year in the new M2 car in the TCX class,” Askew said. “The TCX car is an advancement of the TC car that I previously drove. I learned about aerodynamics and ABS braking systems with the M2 and struggled at first. But with more time sitting in the M2, I became more familiar with the TCX car. I really enjoy driving the TCX car now. Learning the lines in racing is similar to learning the lines in skiing and I am developing my riding style more with each session on the piste. I am looking forward to getting to Sonoma and driving the M2 again.”

Adams, an undergraduate at Seminole College (part of the University of Central Florida) studying mechanical engineering, made a sensational TCX debut last year at Sebring International Raceway with a top-three finish in the No. 54 BMW M2 CS. (Cup) mount.

Garrett follows in his father’s (Michael) racing footsteps. His father raced BMW M3 sports cars in the 1980s.

“To be honest, I wasn’t sure I wanted to be behind the wheel,” said Adams, who developed his driving on the simulation games FORZA and Grand Turismo as a teenager. “I thought I wanted to be a racing engineer or a team manager. But I did run some track days in my dad’s Camaro and I went pretty fast. So, I drove a few southeast road races and we moved to the TCX class at Sebring last year. Getting on the podium at Sebring was big for me. I am very excited to drive the entire TCX series with Fast Track Racing in 2022.”

Software company founder Wilgus enters the SRO America road racing series for the first time in 2022 with Fast Track Racing after campaigning in a variety of professional events previously.

Wilgus has been working closely with his handling advisor Cameron Shields and Fast Track Racing team manager Toby Grahovec, former TC America Series Driving Champion, as Mark prepares for his SRO debut in the car. BMW CS No. 76 Fast Track Racing next month. at Sonoma Raceway in the TCX division.

“I’m excited to move on to the SRO America series this year,” said Wilgus. “I couldn’t be in a better place than with Toby and his Fast Track Racing team. They have won races and championships for many years and have solid experience with the TCX M2 car. I have been driving BMW M2 cars in other series and am very much looking forward to the first TC America races at Sonoma this year.”

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