WC Vision, producers of the Pirelli World Challenge, announced a partnership today with Forgeline Motorsports, the custom race wheel experts, as an official sponsor of the 2018 10-weekend Pirelli World Challenge racing series, North America’s top GT production-based road racing campaign.
Forgeline Motorsports, with a long-term involvement with PWC and many of the series’ competitors, has designed, engineered and manufactured premium, custom-made one-piece and three-piece forged aluminum street performance and racing performance wheels for the ultimate combination of fitment, performance and style.
“Racing is why we exist and it’s also a part of our history at Forgeline Motorsports,” said Dave Schardt, Forgeline Motorsports president. “Sponsoring the Pirelli World Challenge was always a goal for us, so now we’re extremely proud to be a part of such an important series in the racing world.”
An active participant in the series since its transition to its current name and setup, Forgeline has been a favored wheel brand for PWC participants for two decades.
“Back in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Forgeline was one of the only USA custom race wheel manufacturers, and we had half of the Pirelli World Challenge field on Forgeline wheels,” said Schardt.
RealTime Racing founder and competitor Peter Cunningham has used Forgeline wheels on many of the team’s Honda and Acura racecars over the years.
“We choose Forgeline for a number of reasons, including their build quality, strength and light weight,” said Cunningham, PWC’s winningest driver with 43 victories. “Forgeline wheels have the added bonus of looking great on the cars, and we’re planning to use their wheels for many years to come.”
In the new world of homologation, Forgeline is the only USA-made wheel in the GTS field. Forgeline is the wheel of choice for the Camaro GT4.R, Mustang GT4, and Panoz Avezzano.
Lawson Aschenbach, 2017 GTS series champion, and veteran Tony Gaples, a GTSA race winner in 2017, drove their Blackdog Speed Shop Camaros GT4.R with Forgeline racing wheels.
“We are pleased to partner with Forgeline as an official sponsor of the Pirelli World Challenge,” said Greg Gill, president and CEO of the WC Vision. “Forgeline has been a fixture in our paddock with their support of teams across all classes for many years. Their brand’s legacy of quality and performance is a welcome addition to our Series.”
The 2018 Pirelli World Challenge road racing schedule will begin in the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, March 9-11 followed by Circuit of The Americas (COTA) March 23-25, the streets of Long Beach, California April 13-15, Virginia International Raceway April 27-29, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park May 18-20, Lime Rock Park May 25-28, Road America June 22-24, Portland International Raceway July 13-15, Utah Motorsports Campus August 10-12 and Watkins Glen International August 31-September 2.