SONOMA, CA – September 15, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Lawson Aschenbach is breathing rarified air this week. He approaches the PWC Grand Prix of Sonoma with the Pirelli World Challenge GTS championship unofficially already locked up. The two races at Sonoma Raceway are the final events of the season, where he is still competing for the Manufacturer’s Championship as well as Team Championship.
Aschenbach drives a Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R for Blackdog Speed Shop. He credited his Forgeline wheels with playing a significant role in winning the championship.
“We’ve raced on Forgelines forever,” Aschenbach said. “They’ve been a great partner of ours. We’ve had a lot of wins and championships on Forgelines and I’m very passionate about the brand.”
The GTS class of the World Challenge series features cars that were originally intended to be consumer cars for use on public roads. Through a few modifications and meticulous preparation, these high horse-powered cars are made ready for racing. Forgeline, which also manufactures wheels for high-performance street cars, builds wheels that are used by many teams for the GTS racing application.
“This Camaro starts out as a ZL1 street car,” Aschenbach said. “It looks similar to a street car, which is important because it showcases the street technology that goes into racing.”
His Camaro GT4.R is constructed to global GT4 regulations and is built by Pratt & Miller. It weighs 3,131 pounds and its race-tuned 6.2-liter LT1 V-8 small block engine can develop 480 horsepower. This powerful, heavy platform makes a stressful working environment for its wheels.
Aschenbach’s championship came at the end of a season-long burst of consistency. He won once, at Mid-Ohio, and added seven second- and three third-place finishes for a total of 11 podium finishes. The title will be his fifth in World Challenge competition (three of the championships have come in GTS) and his win at Mid-Ohio was the 23rd of his WC career.
The year-long consistency is doubly impressive because the team did very little pre-season testing with the Camaro GT4.R. One thing the car had that was a known performer was its wheels.
Forgeline, Aschenbach went on to say, “Builds a very robust wheel that can withstand all of the forces that we put on them during the race season.”
With his latest championship nearly won, Aschenbach can aggressively attack the twisting confines of the Sonoma track, confident that his Forgeline Motorsports wheels will supply him with the performance he demands.
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Source: Forgeline Motorsports