Murillo Racing and Their Forgeline GS1R-Equipped Porsche Cayman in Victory Lane at Daytona
The 2016 racing season kicks off strong, with Forgeline-equipped teams ruling the podium, at Daytona!
IMSA’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series took the track, at Daytona International Speedway, on Friday, January 29, for the 2016 BMW Performance 200. Forgeline teams started up front, with Elliott Skeer driving the #8 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche Cayman, on Forgeline GA3R wheels, to the ST class pole position, and Danny Burkett qualifying the #33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport, on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels, for a front row start, in the GS class.
Though Skeer qualified on the ST class pole, it was Murillo Racing’s Jeff Mosing and Eric Foss who controlled most of the race, leading 52 of the 66 laps, in their #56 Porsche Cayman on Forgeline GS1R wheels. After a dominating performance, they went on to claim the checker, winning their second Daytona opener of the past three years (having also won the 2014 ST class race). Just seven seconds behind them, another Forgeline-equipped Cayman joined them, on the podium, with Spencer Pumpelly and Nick Galante capturing second place in their #17 Rennsport One Porsche Cayman, on Forgeline GA3R wheels. (Notably, the #17 Cayman is also no stranger to the Daytona podium, having won the race in 2015. So 2016 marks three years in a row in which Forgeline-equipped cars have earned the ST class victory, at Daytona!)
Meanwhile, in the GS class contest, it become a battle of the new Ford GT350R-C Mustangs, as Pierre Kleinubing did his best to chase down the race leader, Billy Johnson. Unfortunately, Pierre ran out of laps, and he and co-driver Paul Holton were forced to “settle” for second place, with their #76 Compass 360 Racing Mustang GT350R-C, on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels. Joining them, on the podium, were Danny Burkett and Marc Miller, who drove their #33 CJ Wilson Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport to a third place GS class finish. Even though CJ Wilson Racing won the 2015 ST class championship, 2016 is set to be their first season racing full time in the GS class. And they debuted the brand new Cayman GT4 Clubsport, at Daytona, so coming out of the box with a podium finish is a spectacular start!
We are very proud of the effort displayed by all of the Forgeline teams, at Daytona, and we thank them for trusting Forgeline to carry the load! IMSA’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series returns to action, on March 17-18, at Sebring International Raceway.
Forgeline One Piece Forged Monoblock GA1R in Matte Transparent Red
All of us at Forgeline are very proud of our in-house finishing and powder coating facility. Having this capability under our own roof enables us to deliver a level of quality and service that would not otherwise be possible, if we were forced to farm this out to an external vendor. It also allows us to experiment with new ideas and create cool new finish options to meet the needs and wants of our customers. The latest example is our new line of Matte Transparent finish options.
Our Matte Transparent finish options combine brushed and machined surface finishes with a matte translucent powder coat. This result is a very unique animated finish with a textured non-glossy surface that appears vibrant and dry. We are currently offering the Matte Transparent finish in shades of red, blue, gold, and tinted clear, but additional colors are currently in development. (Note: This textured matte surface requires regular cleaning and should NOT be considered “low maintenance”.)
We’re very excited to be part of a brand new street car event called “Road Trip – Cars and Cones 2016”, scheduled for May 2-6, 2016!
The 2016 Road Trip is a traveling autocross caravan that will begin in Concord, North Carolina and meander through four states, concluding in scenic southern Indiana. Over the course of five days, participants will enjoy four autocross events along with a scenic cruise route and organized social activities, capturing all of the driving elements that appeal to true grassroots automotive enthusiasts. Each day of the event will start with a 100-200 mile cruise, followed by five hours of autocross, and finishing up with a catered dinner and parking lot party.
The Road Trip will also offer one of the largest performance automotive doorprize raffles in the country, with over $70,000 in performance parts to be given away to the participants, during the five day event. Raffle prizes include suspension kits, ultra high performance tires, big brake kits, batteries & chargers…even a complete set of wheels and a full chassis. Nearly all of the raffle prizes have a minimum $1000 retail value!
Registration for “Road Trip – Cars & Cones 2016” is open now at www.fm3roadtrip.com. Here you will also find official rules and event information, as it become available. Be sure to register early to receive host hotel and other important information.
The 2016 Road Trip entry fee is $500 per entrant and includes all cruise and autocross events, a goody bag, eligibility for the doorprize raffle, and a nightly catered dinner for two. Registration is limited to the first 100 paid entries.
If you don’t crave the competitive excitement of the autocross and prefer to simply enjoy the cruise and have a great time at the social activities, then you can sign up for The Road Trip Cruise. The “Cruiser” entry includes participation in the cruise events, special cruiser parking, a “Road Trip Cruiser” t-shirt, and dinner for two. You can sign up for just one day or all five. Cruiser entry is only $75 per day, but does NOT include autocross or raffle entry.
The 2016 Road Trip sponsors and locations are:
Day 1 – May 2, 2016: Detroit Speed and Engineering at Zmax Dragway, Concord, NC
Day 2 – May 3, 2016: No Limit Engineering at Smokies Stadium, Kodak, TN
Day 3 – May 4, 2016: Holley Performance Products at National Corvette Museum Raceway Park*, Bowling Green, KY
Day 4 – May 5, 2016: sponsor TBD at Kentucky Bourbon Trail, Lexington and Louisville, KY
Day 5 – May 6, 2016: RideTech at a location yet-to-be-determined, in beautiful southern Indiana
*Holley Day 3 – We join the Brock Yates One Lap of America Tour at NCM Motorsports Park. They will be on the road course, while Road Trip utilizes the paddock area for autocross.
**Raymond’s Performance will provide daily emergency concierge service to all participants. If you have a breakdown or require transport, Raymond’s will provide complimentary pick up, along the route, and transport to the next venue.
Tech Insight: Understanding Forgeline’s Load Rating System
Have you ever stopped to consider how different tire types affect the force applied to your wheels? Stickier tire compounds result in more cornering traction which translates to more load upon the wheel. And failing to consider the multiplied loads from high performance track tires could create a hazard for you and your vehicle.
So at the 2015 SEMA Show, Harrop Engineering‘s Heath Moore explored the issue of load ratings with Forgeline president Dave Schardt and discovered that Forgeline marks each wheel with three different load ratings to account for varying friction coefficients among different tire types (street tire, performance tire, and race tire). Calculating and providing this data better enables Forgeline customers to choose the correct wheel for their intended application and performance demands.
The entire team at Forgeline Motorsports wishes you and yours the happiest of holidays! We sincerely thank you for your continued support and patronage, and we look forward to serving your needs throughout this holiday season and into 2016.
Please note that our offices will be closed on Thursday, December 24, and Friday, December 25 to celebrate the Christmas holiday.
We will reopen for business as usual on Monday, December 28 and remain open through Wednesday, December 30. However, we will be closed on Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1 to celebrate the New Year holiday.
Please enjoy your holidays safely!
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