DAYTON, Ohio - Forgeline Motorsports, the custom race wheel experts, has signed on as an official sponsor of the Pirelli World Challenge for 2018. Forgeline has decided to join the official sponsorship ranks because of their long-term involvement and commitment to the series, as well as the company's desire to grow with the event in the future.
"Racing is why we exist and it's also a part of our history at Forgeline Motorsports," said Dave Schardt, 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 challenge participants for two decades. Dave Schardt recalled, "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 field on Forgeline wheels."
RealTime Racing founder and competitor Peter Cunningham has used Forgeline wheels on many of the team's Honda and Acura racecars over the years. Cunningham said, "We choose Forgeline for a number of reasons, including their build quality, strength and light weight. 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 Mustang GT4, the Camaro GT4R and the Panoz Avezzano. Lawson Aschenbach and Tony Gaples were the GTS and GTSA champions last year driving their GT4R Black Dog Racing Camaros.
"We are pleased to partner with Forgeline as an official sponsor of the Pirelli World Challenge. 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," said Greg Gill, president and CEO of the Pirelli World Challenge Championships.
The 2018 Pirelli World Challenge road racing schedule will begin in the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, March 9 to 11 followed by COTA March 23 to 25, the streets of Long Beach, California., April 13 to 15, Virginia International Raceway April 27 to 29, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park May 18 to 20, Lime Rock Park May 25 to 28, Road America June 22 to 24, Portland International Raceway July 13 to 15, Utah Motorsports Campus August 10 to 12 and Watkins Glen International August 31 to September 2.