DAYTON, OH – December 7, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – 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.
L to R: Dave Schardt – CJ Wilson – Steve Schardt
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, saying, “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.”
Team manager Andris Laivins notes that the new Porsche Caymans outfitted with premium Forgeline Wheels will create the ideal tools to get the job done. “Partnering with Forgeline is a perfect fit for our team for two major reasons. First, they literally designed their wheels for IMSA racing; with a very open lug area for fast pit stops, and an incredible strength-to-weight ratio, there is no better choice for our new GS cars. Second, they provide teams a major competitive advantage by being a US company – their ability to support the product and respond quickly during the race season is a big benefit.”
The team plans to begin testing the 3.8 liter, 380 horsepower, mid-engine Cayman this month, and the final driver pairings will be announced by the end of the year. The 2016 GS season will begin with the BMW Performance 200 at Daytona International Speedway on January 29th. For more information, visit www.imsa.com.
About Forgeline Motorsports
For over 20 years Dayton, Ohio-based Forgeline Motorsports has designed, engineered and manufactured premium-quality, custom-made one- and three-piece forged aluminum street performance and racing wheels for the ultimate combination of fitment, performance and style. With a reputation for excellent quality and outstanding customer service, Forgeline creates bespoke wheels that are American originals. For more information call 1-800-886-0093 or visit www.forgeline.com.