Dean Martin Wins Pirelli World Challenge GTS at Toronto
Photo by J.T. Brazier.
In his very first Pirelli World Challenge race on his new Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels, Dean Martin scored a win in the GTS class at Toronto with his #50 Picture Cars East/Rehagen Racing Ford Mustang Boss 302S.
Dean only managed a seventh place qualifying effort, but by the end of the carnage-filled first lap, he had worked his way into first place. That effort alone earned him a number of accolades, including the Optima Batteries Best Standing Start Award, the Invisible Glass Clean Pass of the Race Award, and the Sunoco Hard Charger Award.
Martin led for the remainder of the race, but he felt the heat from Camaro driver Lawson Aschenbach. Aschenbach attempted to steal the lead, near the end of the race, but he was unable to complete the pass, allowing Dean to claim the checker. We congratulate Dean for a stellar performance and thank him for driving his new Forgeline wheels straight to the winners circle!
Dean and the rest of the Pirelli World Challenge series return to action on August 1-3 for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
HOT ROD Limited Edition Chevy Camaro on Forgeline CF3C Concave Wheels
Forgeline has been chosen as the official wheel of the HOT ROD Limited Edition 2015 Chevy Camaro, available through Todd Wenzel Chevrolet, in Hudsonville, Michigan. Only 67 of these cars are offered, though they are available in all of the V8 trim levels, including convertibles.
The HOT ROD package includes special HOT ROD Limited Edition badges & emblems, stripes, embroidered headrests, floor mats, sill plates, exhaust diverters, slotted rotors, billet valve covers, and plug wires. A number of optional performance upgrades are also available, and the example shown here is equipped with the Stage III option package including custom tune, cold air system, upgraded rocker arms, a FAST LSX intake, Kooks stainless headers, Ridetech coilover suspension, a line lock (for smoky burnouts), and Forgeline CF3C Concave wheels (with custom “HOT ROD” center caps). All of the HOT ROD Limited Edition Camaros are assembled by the legendary Nickey High Performance (and carry decals that say so).
For more information, please contact Dennis Barker, Camaro Specialist, at Todd Wenzel Chevrolet, at 616-204-6066 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or find more photos in the Forgeline gallery at: http://www.forgeline.com/customer_gallery_view.php?cvk=1140
The Stevenson Motorsports #9 Camaro Z/28.R Wins GS
What has been an extremely successful racing season for Forgeline teams in the ultra-competitive IMSA TUDOR United Sportscar Championship and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series continued over the July 12-13 weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park with more wins, podiums, and top-ten finishes for multiple teams on Forgeline wheels.
The success started in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS class, where the Stevenson Motorsports #9 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R on Forgeline GS1R wheels earned its first victory of the 2014 season and the second win in a row for the Stevenson team. The #9 Camaro had qualified in the third starting position and, with Andy Lally behind the wheel, snatched the lead on lap 65. Andy controlled the final 40 minutes of racing, including two restarts, to claim the checker.
Not far behind was a trio of other fast Chevys on Forgeline wheels that dominated the top ten spots, including the other Stevenson car, the #6 Camaro Z/28.R (which had won the last race at Watkins Glen) finishing in fifth and a pair of Camaro Z/28.Rs from CKS Autosport that finished in sixth (#01) and seventh (#00).
Meanwhile in the ST class race, Forgeline-equipped cars dominated the front row all weekend long. After earning the second-fastest qualifying spot, the Autometrics Motorsports #04 Porsche Cayman on Forgeline GA3R wheels went on to win the race, narrowly beating the second place #56 Murillo Racing BMW 328i (which had qualified on the pole). Other Forgeline teams in the top ten included the Team Sahlens #42 Porsche Cayman in sixth place and the Rebel Rock Racing #88 Porsche Cayman in seventh place.
Then on Sunday in the premier TUDOR United Sportscar series, Forgeline teams very narrowly missed another victory in the GTD class, where the #73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche on Forgeline GTD1 wheels was leading with only 5 minutes remaining! Unfortunately, they were forced to surrender the lead on the second-to-last lap (to Ben Keating, former driver of the #66 Forgeline Porsche) and had to “settle” for a second place finish. However, this is the first podium finish of 2014 for the Park Place team, and after working so hard for so long, they definitely deserve it!
We are very proud of the efforts displayed by all of the Forgeline teams at Mosport, and we thank them for trusting Forgeline to carry the load!
The IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and TUDOR series teams meet again at the Brickyard in Indianapolis on July 24-25.
The “Bad Penny” Camaro on Forgeline DS3 wheels next to the Forgeline exhibit at Goodguys Columbus 2013
It has been a busy Summer already for the team at Forgeline, especially with recent weekends at the Red Brick Reunion Porsche show (in Oxford, Ohio) and IMSA races at Kansas and Watkins Glen. But one of our favorite events of the year is just around the corner: The 17th Goodguys PPG Nationals at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio during the July 11-13 weekend. We’ll be there to show off some of our newest & coolest forged wheel designs and our most popular finishes. And we’ll have our cameras ready to capture and share some of the world-class muscle car creations that are equipped with Forgeline wheels. Our booth will be located along the main midway outside the Expo Center. So if you’ll be in Columbus for the show this year, then please stop by and see us!
We took about a gazillion photos in Columbus. You find our complete official album below:
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Happy Independence Day!
Please note that Forgeline Motorsports will be closed on Friday, July 4, 2014 in observance of Independence Day. We will re-open for business as usual on Monday, July 7. Please enjoy your holiday safely!