RS1 and Murillo Racing Top the ST Podium at VIR
IMSA United SportsCar teams traveled to Virginia International Raceway, during the August 21-23 weekend, for the latest round of TUDOR Championship and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge door-to-door endurance racing. And once again, Forgeline-equipped teams led the way to the podium, in virtually every class!
The success started in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge ST class, where Jeff Mosing qualified with the top starting spot, in the #56 Murillo Racing Porsche Cayman on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels. However, when the checkered flag finally fell on Saturday’s race, it was Spencer Pumpelly and the #17 RS1 Porsche Cayman on Forgeline GA3R wheels that finished up front. The RS1 team’s victory at VIR was their third win of the 2015 season, and the first for Spencer Pumpelly on his home track! The #56 Cayman from Murillo racing finished right behind them in second place, putting Forgeline wheels on the top two spots of the ST podium!
Meanwhile, in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge GS class, it was yet another exciting and unpredictable finish! After qualifying in the fifth and seventh starting positions, the Stevenson Motorsports #9 and #6 Z/28.R Camaros on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels followed a fuel conservation strategy for the race. And in the final laps, though running strong, they appeared to be out of contention for a podium finish. Then on the final two laps, the first and second place cars both ran out of fuel, moving Lawson Aschenbach in the #9 Stevenson Camaro into second place and Andrew Davis in the #6 Stevenson Camaro into third place, giving Forgeline another pair of podium finishes!
In Sunday’s TUDOR Championship Oak Tree Grand Prix, Park Place Motorsports qualified their #73 Porsche GT America on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GTD1 wheels on the front row with the second starting position. Unfortunately, early in the race, the #73 Park Place Porsche suffered a mechanical issue. They managed to get it fixed and finish the race, but after the long repair delay, had little chance of finding their way back to the front. However, the #23 Team Seattle Porsche GT America (also on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GTD1 wheels), after qualifying back in the sixth starting spot, managed to fight their way to the front of the pack and earned a well-deserved third place finish! Their third place finish at VIR is their fourth podium of the 2015 season and moves them up to fifth in the season points standings!
We are very proud of the efforts displayed by all of the Forgeline teams at VIR, and we thank them for trusting Forgeline to carry the load.
IMSA United SportsCar returns to action on September 16-19, when the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and TUDOR Championship teams meet at Circuit of the Americas for the Lone Star Le Mans.
Due to a delay with base coat powder delivery from the manufacturer of our powder coat, we regret to announce that we must suspend the availability of the popular Midnight Silver finish option, until further notice.
As of mid-August 2015, there is very limited information available about the cause of the shortage of the powder used in the Midnight Silver finish. And our powder manufacturer has given no indication that the production issue will be solved quickly. So we have decided to suspend any further orders for the Midnight Silver finish.
However, the proverbial silver lining (pun intended), in this scenario, is that while our production team was working on an alternative formula, they concocted an even better color! Our new “Hyper Silver” finish offers many of the same characteristics as Midnight Silver but in a slightly lighter shade.
We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to make the new Hyper Silver option available on the Forgeline website very soon. In the meantime, please contact our sales team for more information.
Ernie Francis Jr. Tops the Trans Am TA3 Podium at MidOhio
A big congrats to Ernie Francis Jr. on a huge weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course! After earning 1st and 2nd place finishes in the Pirelli World Challenge Championship TC races, he turned right around and scored another win in the Trans Am Racing Road Racing Series with his #98 TA3-class Breathless Performance Racing Team Chevy Camaro on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GA1R Open Lug wheels!
It’s not easy to make it to the podium in any professional racing series. But to score multiple wins and podium finishes on the same weekend in two different series with two completely different race cars is an incredible accomplishment! Great job, Ernie!
Tom Sloe’s American Sedan Mustang on New Forgeline GA3R Wheels
Our friend Tom Sloe bolted a brand new set of Forgeline GA3R wheels to his #156 Ford Mustang and then, on his first ever visit to Daytona International Speedway, promptly set a new SCCA American Sedan class track record! Tom eclipsed the previous record by 5.196 seconds and averaged 104.686mph for the record-setting lap. His GA3R wheels measure 17×8, are finished with Graphite centers & Transparent Blue outers, and saved over 5 lbs. per wheel over his previous wheel choice! Congrats to Tom and crew chief Joe Trapa!
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The famous Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise, in suburban Detroit, Michigan, is the largest single-day classic car event in the world, drawing about 1.5 million people and 40,000 classic cars each year from around the globe and bringing in over $56 million annually to the Metro Detroit economy. Since 1994, it has been a Mecca for automotive enthusiasts, particularly fans of classic cars, muscle cars, street rods, and customs.
Forgeline is excited to be a part of the 2015 Woodward Avenue Dream Cruise! We’ll be there to show off some of our newest & coolest forged wheel designs and our most popular finishes. Our display is part of the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering exhibit rig, which will be located at Don Thomas Sporthaus, off Old Woodward Ave., in Birmingham, Michigan. The address is: 690 S Old Woodward Ave, Birmingham, MI 48009.
So if you’ll be at the Woodward Dream Cruise this year, then please come see us!