ROAD AMERICA REWIND

The seventh round of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at the magnificent four mile Road America in the heart of Wisconsin was one of extremes for CJ Wilson Racing. 

An early incident on lap two eliminated the #35 Chicago Blackhawks Porsche Cayman while a late race miscalculation on what should have been the final fuel stop forced the #33 ONE Capital/Motor Oil Matters Cayman to come back to pit lane as the white flag fell demoting the car to sixth. 

Race week began in extremely positive fashion as the the team had the opportunity to show off the gorgeous #35 Chicago Blackhawks Charities car to the team's fans at the United Center in Chicago. Fans came out to see the car up close and get their photo taken with our drivers and Blackhawks legend Denis Savard. 

The Blackhawks Charities partnership was focused around the special race day that the team provided for a little boy and his family. Lino Wuest is in remission from Leukemia and in co-operation with the Blackhawks and the Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation he, his mom and dad were our guests at the United Center and also at Saturday's race at Road America. 

On race day, Lino not only got to hang out with team owner, CJ Wilson, before the race but he also had the honor of having his name on the #35 car.  The car itself became the focal point of the pre-race activities and it was a huge draw during the fan walk. Drivers Justin Piscitell and Till Bechtolsheimer spent the entire fan walk signing hero cards and taking photos with fans. 

The team had one final surprise after the event when CJ presented our special guest with a signed baseball. It was the end of a fantastic experience for Lino and his family but not the best day for the CJ Wilson Racing team on the track. Off it, we were thrilled to be able to work with the Blackhawks and provide Lino and his family with a day they will never forget. 

 

For the race team, there is a three week gap between races and the team will have a little bit more time than normal to get the #33 car prepared for Round Eight of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Virginia International Raceway. 

 

Declan Brennan