CJ Wilson Racing (CJW) has chosen Forgeline Motorsports wheels to support the team’s move to the Grand Sport (GS) class during the 2016 IMSA season. “We are very excited to be a part of the CJW racing program, and see this as a long- term relationship that will go beyond the race track. This team has proven that they can win championships, and we are looking forward to contributing to their success,” said Steve Schardt, sales manager, Forgeline.
CJ Wilson, team owner and two-time All-Star pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, won the Continental Challenge Championship in the Street Tuner (ST) class in 2015. In 2016, the team will field a pair of new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport cars in the GS category. Wilson views this as the next logical step in the growth of his motorsport business, “Forgeline, being so technically proficient, are able to customize wheels to our exact specifications and we will be testing them in the ultimate crucible on the race track.” He went on to explain that, “The race shop is planning some exciting GT4 and other Porsche-based road car projects, and with us racing the Clubsport in the Continental Tire Series it will mean that we can offer a true race-proven CJ Wilson Racing/Forgeline package to our customers.”
As well as CJ Wilson Racing the Michelin Corvette Challenge has selected Forgeline Motorsports as the official wheel provider for the inaugural race series to be held at Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club in 2016.
Composed of identically-prepared, track-ready Corvette Stingray models, the series will feature 15 races over eight weekends, utilizing multiple configurations of Spring Mountain’s 6.1-mile racetrack. With a unique season-long payment plan, competitors will simply arrive and drive for each event and will then take delivery of their own Corvette Stingrays, following the season finale, on December 10th, 2016.
“The Corvette Stingray is one of the most track-capable production cars available, and we have enhanced the production specs to help ensure durability for a dedicated racing life,” said Ron Fellows. “Given the tremendous excitement surrounding the seventh-generation Corvette, we felt that an entry-level series with reasonable costs, and in our school-based environment here at Spring Mountain, would be very appealing to Corvette enthusiasts.”
The Forgeline wheel that the Michelin Corvette Challenge chose to pair with the Michelin Pilot sport GT competition slick is the three piece GA3R, an American-made, purpose-built track wheel constructed from a 6061-T6 forging machined into a very light and very strong center. The inner and outer rims are also crafted from 6061-T6 aluminum, and the three pieces are assembled with aircraft-grade titanium fasteners. The wheels are 19 x 8.5 front and 19 x 11 rear, chosen by Ron Fellows as the best fitment for this application.
The Ron Fellows Performance Driving School, based at Spring Mountain, collaborated with Chevrolet and Michelin to develop the series, and will serve as technical race partner for the series. Many of the performance components are derived from a new portfolio of Corvette Z06-based parts from Chevrolet, designed to enhance the handling, braking, cooling and downforce performance of the Stingray.
“To be part of a program with Ron Fellows is quite an honor, and our lightweight, forged wheels crafted for these vehicles will contribute to a high-quality driving experience,” said Dave Schardt, president, Forgeline.