CJ WILSON RACING
As Wilson speaks about his racing
goals, his precise focus on what is right
for his organization parallels the pitcher’s
focus on the strike zone. Wilson’s team
has a plan, and they’re sticking to it.
“I expect to win every time we are on
track,” he adds. “Sometimes others will
be better on the day, or other times
things will happen that are out of our
control. But I want to be considered
perennial winners – that, on any given
day, we’re the team to beat. It’s not easy
when teams like MultiMatic and Rum Bum
have already proven they can win.”
Wilson’s automotive business interests,
including four Mazda and six motorcycle
dealerships, and, in the near future, an
aftermarket street-tuning line, are all
integrated with the race team.
“It’s a symbiotic relationship,” Wilson
explains. “Everything’s linked. Without
success in one area, success in the others will
be limited. Winning races, both as a driver
and owner, certainly helped my ability to buy
the first dealership, and grow our network.
“Take our newest relationship with
Forgeline Motorsports. We’ve found that
the Porsche Cayman GT4 is fast and
well-sorted right out of the box. But we
have to maximize any advantage, and
with Forgeline we found a great technical
partner. Not only are its wheels incredibly
high quality, but the wheel we use has
proven to be a big advantage in pit stops
due to what they call an Open Lug design.
As a result, we can change wheels faster
and with less probability for error.
“The great thing is that the relationship
goes beyond racing,” he continues. “Now
we have a connection that allows us to sell
Forgeline wheels through the dealerships.
Forgeline and Mazda, too, are great
examples of how the relationships go beyond
the race track and help feed the other
businesses that, in turn, feed the race team.
That’s how we’re building for a sustainable
future. It means we aren’t looking for drivers
who can bring a budget, but for drivers
who can compete at the highest level.”
Wilson is the first to say he won’t play
baseball forever. So he’s well on the way to
building his post-baseball life, with motor
racing at its heart. For now, he’s not only
ready to throw strikes, he’s ready to strike
for opportunities in racing that will ensure
his team is around for the long term.
Forgeline Motorsports is a
family-owned maker of
forged aluminum street and
competition wheels. All are
designed and manufactured in
the U.S., and its competition
wheels are widely used by teams
racing in IMSA, Pirelli World
Challenge and SCCA Pro Racing.
The Open Lug design
mentioned by CJ Wilson (see
left) and found on Forgeline’s
has more material machined
from the center area for
additional weight reduction
and improved access to the
lugs, as well as the omission
of the center cap. CJ Wilson
Racing uses the GS1R wheel
(ABOVE) on its Porsche
Cayman GT4s in Continental
Tire SportsCar Challenge GS.
Learn more at forgeline.com
(ABOVE) Owner CJ Wilson
is building a race team he
wants to be regarded as
(MAIN) CJ Wilson Racing
moved to Continental
Tire SportsCar Challenge
GS for 2016, fielding
Porsche Cayman GT4s.
A podium at the Daytona
right out of the box.