Forgeline Motorsports has signed on with the Pirelli World Challenge racing series as a contingency partner for the 2015 season. This a return of sorts for Forgeline to the World Challenge series, since our own Dave Schardt competed in the series, during the late 1990s and early 2000s.
“Pirelli World Challenge has a long history with Forgeline Wheels and the Schardt Family,” said Scott Bove, President and CEO, Pirelli World Challenge. “We are very pleased to develop our renewed partnership in 2015 and beyond.”
“Having driven in the series in the past, World Challenge has always been special to me,” says our own David Schardt, President of Forgeline Motorsports. “I’m excited to be participating in the series again as a sponsor and technical partner. We’re looking forward to being part of another exciting and successful season.”
“The Pirelli World Challenge is pleased to have Forgeline join the series as a contingency partner,” said Julie Bentley, Director, Partner Relations. “A number of series teams currently use Forgeline wheels and this new partnership will provide additional teams the opportunity to run on these exceptional quality wheels.”
For over 20 years, Forgeline has applied its racing experience and passion for motorsport toward designing and building wheels that can withstand the extreme demands of sports car racing. With an unwavering commitment to strength, safety, and performance, Forgeline has earned their place on some of the world’s fastest race cars, including those in Pirelli World Challenge, United SportsCar, SCCA Pro Racing, and virtually every amateur racing series in America.
Specific details of the contingency program are forthcoming and will be announced shortly.
Our New C7 Z06 on One Piece Forged Monoblock AR1 Wheels
We’re very excited to have just received our brand new C7 Corvette Z06 with the Z07 aero & carbon ceramic brake package. Although the Ohio weather hasn’t exactly been ideal for testing a new supercar, we’ve already managed to squeeze in a few miles, and we can confirm that this car is a blast to drive! Wheel test fitments have already begun. It is shown here on our new one piece forged monoblock AR1 wheel in a Brushed finish, but our measurements are complete, and we are prepared to build any of our wheels in a C7 Z06 fitment for both street and track applications. Look for more photos, as we continue to test additional wheel models, or contact us with inquiries.
Our team wishes you a happy Thanksgiving! And we hope that you, your family, and your friends are as fortunate and blessed as we are. We sincerely thank you for your continued support and patronage, and we look forward to serving your needs throughout this holiday season and into 2015.
Please enjoy your holiday safely!
(Note: Our offices will be closed on Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Our sales team will be available by telephone during limited hours, 11AM-4PM, on Friday, November 28.)
Forgeline Motorsports has enjoyed a record 2014 with strong growth and the release of many new products. So we are very much looking forward to exhibiting at the 2014 Performance and Racing Industry (PRI) trade show on December 11-13, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Over 48,000 racing businesspeople will converge on Indianapolis over the course of three days to see the latest advances in racing products, machining equipment, motorsport engineering, and more from 1100 exhibiting companies.
Forgeline will use the PRI show as an opportunity to give an up-close and personal view of our newest products, including a brand new low offset race wheel for IMSA United SportsCar GT and DP cars, our brand new Heritage Series wheels (including the RS3, LS3, and CR3), two new one piece forged monoblock wheels (the AR1 and GA1R Open Lug Cap Edition), and our newest three piece Concave Series wheel (the GT3C).
We are located in booth #547. If you’ll be at the show, then please come see us! Click the map below to see a larger floor plan (our booth is outlined in red). Or learn more online at http://www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow/.
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Danny Popp with the 2014 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Championship Trophy
A total of 103 vehicles, the largest field ever, competed in the 2014 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational, held for the first time at Las Vegas Motor Speedway over the weekend of November 8-9. After two action-packed days of competition and challenges from past champions and newcomers alike, Danny Popp drove his 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 on a brand new set of Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels to victory and was named the 2014 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational champion!
“It’s been incredible to drive on the most historic tracks, during the 2014 season,” said Popp, after holding up the huge Invitational trophy. “Extraordinary results are more easily accomplished through the efforts of many, and I surround myself with the best in the business. Forgeline is on top of their game, which helps me stay on top of mine…We will definitely be back next year!”
This is Danny’s second OUSCI championship, having also won the 2011 event in another Forgeline-equipped Corvette. And his name will now be engraved on the traveling trophy for yet another year, after an incredibly close win (less than one point) over Brandon Ranvek’s well-crafted 2006 Mitsubishi Evo. Betim Berisha took third overall, driving a 2011 Porsche 911TT.
Participants faced a series of competitive driving events, including the Wilwood Speed Stop Challenge and the Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross, during the day on Saturday. Later that evening, competitors faced public roads on the Detroit Speed Road Rally Challenge, which ended with the Showtime Motorsports participant reception at the new Shelby American headquarters in Las Vegas.
The high-speed BF Goodrich Hot Lap Challenge took place on the 2.4-mile road course all day Sunday, with all of the competitors pushing themselves and their vehicles to the absolute limit. The road course action was paced by the Red Line Oil Camaro, which set a baseline lap time for all the competitors to challenge. Driven by experienced road racing champion and OPTIMA PowerPro Brand Ambassador James Clay, the 2014 Roadster Shop Camaro was then put to work as a camera car, following the competitors as they ran the course and captured the excitement for television.
Each vehicle’s overall quality and craftsmanship was reviewed by a carefully-chosen group of judges, during the Lingenfelter Performance and Design Challenge, which required two days to complete. Every portion of the Invitational event offered precious points, and when scores were finalized at the end of the last day, Danny Popp had earned more than any other competitor.
We are extremely proud of Danny and very thankful that he trusts Forgeline to deliver the highest levels of performance, quality, and safety.