Things move fast in the world of motorsports, and we aren't just talking about the cars themselves. In the span of roughly a calendar year, former Major League Baseball pitcher CJ Wilson has gone from racing newbie to driver and owner of his own team, CJ Wilson Racing. Read More.

McLaren today announced a partnership with CJ Wilson Racing which will see the Austin based sportscar team organize and promote one of the qualifying rounds of the British marque's innovative gaming initiative, the World's Fastest Gamer. Read More.


CJ Wilson Racing has a lot of cool components occurring at this week's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring race. The team owner himself is now a driver, with CJ Wilson making his race debut in the Porche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama in his No. 33 Porsche of Fresno entry in that series' Platinum class. Read More.

Marc Miller opened his 2017 season in the Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge series with a new teammate and an event with a new format. The changes turned out to be a good thing for Miller and his team at CJ Wilson Racing. Read More. 


CJ Wilson Racing today announced a partnership with Houston based Winward Racing whose drivers will join CJWR for all ten rounds of the 2017 Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge. Open-wheel and GT veteran Damien Faulkner will partner with 24 year-old Russell Ward in the team's GS-Class #35 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport backed by Techemet LP, a World leader in automobile catalytic converter recycling and precious metal trading services based in Pasadena, Texas. 


Within the vast area that is the field of play in Major League Baseball, pitchers focus on a diminutive rectangle known as the strike zone. Get more pitchers in this area past the batter, and you're a two-time All-Star like CJ Wilson of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 


Coming off its first IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Grand Sport (GS) class victory, Austin-based CJ Wilson Racing will look to gain additional momentum at its home track in Friday's Circuit of The Americas 150. 

By John Dagys, Sportscar 365

CJ Wilson Racing has broken through for its first overall Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge win in Saturday's rain-affected Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway.

By Marc Miller,

Every year in June, the small town of Le Mans, France hosts one of the most legendary race events in the world: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. A field of 60 race cars compete for 24 hours straight at Circuit de la Sarthe, pushing man and machine to the extreme limits of endurance. Now in its 84th running, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is currently the world's oldest active sports car endurance event, attracting the most talented race car drivers and auto manufacturers in the world.

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By Mike Guy, The Drive

08. CJ Wilson, 35; PITCHER, LOS ANGELES ANGELS AND OWNER OF CJ WILSON RACING C.J. Wilson's primary occupation - pitching for the Los Angeles Angels - funds his secondary passion - racing.

White Sox Car Raffle

By The White Sox

Want to win a new care and support the White Sox charitable efforts? The club and Chicago White Sox Charities are again offering the chance for one lucky fan to drive away in a White Sox-themed 2016 Cx-3. The winner will be awarded the car on the field, have his/her photo taken at Fan Appreciation Day, taking place on Sunday, October 2 at U.S. Cellular Field.

By Chris Perkins

Here's a list of three things we like, in no particular order: CJ Wilson and his race team, Forza Motorsport 6, and the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. To our delight, these three things have been combined in an online racing series where Forza gamers can virtually compete against CJ Wilson Racing drivers at 10 different tracks. 

The tournament is sponsored by Logitech and co-produced by The Online Racing Association (TORA). CJ Wilson Racing driver Dany Burkett worked with TORA to make the Cayman GTS available in the game look and drive just like the GT4 Clubsport race car. The first virtual race takes place on April 27 at Daytona, with the 10th and final race at Road Atlanta on August 31.

Congrats, North American Tech Champs!
CJ Wilson Mazda and the ZoomZoomNation picked up a national championship at the North American Master Technician Competition in Irvine, California, this weekend. CJ Wilson Mazda Master Tech Dan Gleason was one of only eight techs invited to compete at the North American (includes Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico) level. His victory marks the highest recognition a technician can receive from Mazda in North America. He flies to Japan for the global competition next year. 

"Dan really had the chance to show his knowledge of Mazda vehicles and his Mazda pride," says Eric Vates, vice president of the CJ Wilson Mazda dealer group. "I could not be more proud! What an awesome achievement."

Gleason and CJ Wilson Mazda have a unique history building with the Mazda brand, earning praise as "one of the top Mazda builders in the country, if not the world" from Jalopnik

Featuring a recent rebuild at the dealership, the outlet wrote:

"This car's transformation begins with C.J. Wilson, pro baseball pitcher and total car nut. The dude recently made the rounds for road tripping in his hyperblurple McLaren P1, he runs a Mazda Miata race team, and he has a host of Mazda dealerships to back up the whole operation. That's where this all comes together."

This is the 19th time Mazda North American Operations has hosted the North American Master Technician Competition. Finalists earn their spots after competing in their respective regional competitions in October 2015. Winners are flown to Mazda's HQ headquarters in Irvine, Calif. to participate in the North American competition. The competition consists of challenges where technicians are all asked to solve the same customer concerns in an identically equipped Mazda vehicle. The technician who solves the problem in the most thorough, quickest manner is determined to be the winner. From there, the winner will be flown to Mazda Motor Corporation headquarters in Hiroshima, Japan to represent North America in the Mazda Global Master Technician Competition in early 2017. This is the highest recognition a technician can receive from Mazda.

By Horsepower for an Hour

The 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata is in a class by itself for a couple reasons, the first is its size and the other is the adrenaline rush it offers the driver. It seems like cars overall are getting bigger, medium sized cars are slightly larger, even SUV's seem to be gaining in size. Mazda's two-seat roadster however, steadfastly remains a Miata. In fact, not only is the car roughly the same size today as it was twenty five years ago, it's actually slimmed down a bit from the previous, third-generation car. It has a slightly shorter wheelbase and is about a half-inch lower, and while it may be overall smaller, ironically it feels bigger inside.


Jay Leno stopped by CJ's for a quick tour of his garage and some of his favorite cars for Jay's new show, "Jay Leno's Garage."

By MazdaSpeed

Mazda drivers Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer, teammates in the CJ Wilson Racing Mazda MX-5, won the drivers championship for the ST class in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series. The duo earned the championship with an eighth-place finish in a rain-splattered, two-hour, 30-minute race in the lead-up to the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.

By Steve Ramirez

Wilson has been sidelined since having season-ending surgery in August, and can only sit and watch as the Angels vie for a playoff spot over the final week of the season.

"I'm in the position of being the ultimate cheerleader right now," Wilson said Saturday prior to the Angels' game against the Seattle Mariners at Angel Stadium. "I can't influence the outcome of the game by playing, It's somewhat of a nerve-wracking position to be in, because obviously we are on the outside looking in.

"I'm basically having the ultimate fan experience right now. I get to be here and watch it all from up close and high-five the guys when they do well and talk baseball. My job isn't to put on the cleats and go out there and play."

By Sean Shapiro

Major league pitcher C.J. Wilson always tries to "make the best out of any situation," he says, even when it involves season-ending surgery. So this weekend - roughly four weeks after he had bone chips and spurs removed from his left elbow - Wilson will be at Circuit of the Americas to see his team, CJ Wilson Racing, compete as part of Lone Star Le Mans.

By GoPro

Get an intimate look into the mindset of professional pitcher, CJ Wilson, as he throws a standard, off-season bullpen. Wilson is touted as one of the hardest working players in the league, learn why he believes October is really won in the offseason and what he does to prepare for the post-season.

By Raphael Orlove

CJ Wilson Automotive (yes, that CJ Wilson) is auctioning longtime pro wrestler and fighter dude CM Punk's first car for charity right this very moment. Yes, the car is a Chevy Monte Carlo. 

By Team To Win

CJ Wilson Racing's No. 5 ModSpace Motorsports Mazda team overcame early practice struggles to thoroughly dominate the field at Lime Rock Park in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. The duo of Chad McCumbee and Stevan McAleer led the Street Tuner class for most of the race, only surrendering the lead during a pit stop for a driver change and fuel. McCumbee set a new track qualifying record and started from the pole position. During his stint in the car, he lapped his main championship rivals before giving way to his teammate. When McAleer got the car back on the track, they were in 14th. Once all of the other teams pitted, he piloted the No. 5 ModSpace Motorsports Mazda back into the lead. He had built a 21-second lead before a caution brought him back to the pack. Continuing what the team had done all weekend, he shot to the front on a great restart, establishing a four-second lead within one lap. McAleer cruised to the finish line to give his team its second victory in the last three races.

By Aaron Brown

As a full time pitcher for the LA Angels, CJ Wilson lacks the track time he wishes he could put down. To make up for that he owns and operates a two car, four driver team in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. He also daily drives a "Hyperblurple" Mclaren P1.


From International Motor Sports Association

"We're really excited about the new challenges that we face as we step into the GS class and the incredible level of competition that it offers," said team owner C.J. Wilson.  

Wilson went on to explain how this will kickstart a new period of growth for the Austin based team. "This partnership is the first stage in an exciting new phase for CJWR."

The two-time MLB All-Star added, "CJ Wilson Racing aims to add a customer platform that will hone a driver's racecraft and speed in a competitive environment while also placing them on a trajectory towards some of the big GT events in the future."

Bassam, meet Bassam, and take this Mazda CX-5

Bassam and Mariam Jaroudi celebrate winning a new Mazda CX-5 with CJ Wilson at CJ Wilson Mazda of Ventura.

The brand-new CJ Wilson Mazda of Ventura has been running a promotion all summer to give away a new Mazda CX-5, and with a little help from ESPN-LA, it finally happened Saturday, July 26. 

ESPN-LA listeners called and texted the station to win a promotional car key. At the July 26 giveaway event, one lucky winner's key would unlock a new CJ Wilson Mazda. General Manager Bassam Mahmud had all the paperwork ready to go, one man's key fit the lock, and the car was finally signed over to - another Bassam.

"I've never even met another Bassam in my life," Mr. Mahmud said. "So it was unbelievable. We both love to lift weights. We both have small dogs. Our wives even have the same name, Maria and Mariam. It was like I handed the keys over to bizarro-world Bassam."

Winner Bassam Jaroudi and his wife, Mariam, could not have been happier. The couple's 2014 Mazda CX-5 was loaded with a moon roof, roof rack, leather seats and BOSE speakers, with an approximate retail value of $30,000.

Mr. Mahmud transplanted to California in April to run the new CJ Wilson Mazda of Ventura dealership. With his teeth cut at the No. 1 Mazda dealership in Illinois, also a CJ Wilson Mazda dealership, he was excited for a new challenge.

"I love the people here in Ventura and Southern California," Mr. Mahmud said. "Of course I miss Chicago sometimes, but everyone here is so welcoming. And now it's like I've found a long-lost brother. And then gave him a car."

By Raphael Orlove

Not only is this Renesis rotary-powered NA Mazda Miata the only one in the world, but was part of an actual legally binding contract and hurdle for C.J. Wilson to purchase another Mazda dealership. This is how it came to fruition.

This car's transformation begins with C.J. Wilson, pro baseball pitcher and total car nut. The dude recently made the rounds for road tripping in his hyperblurple McLaren P1, he runs a Mazda Miata race team, and he has a host of Mazda dealerships to back up the whole operation. That's where this all comes together. Read More

Pitcher CJ Wilson channels the better Angels of his nature

By John Gustafson

From Dizzy Dean to Mark Fydrich to Barry Zito, major league baseball boasts a long history of peculiar pitchers. Wilson is no different. Admittedly "out of the box", Wilson brings to mind Bill Lee, the Boston Red Sox lefty from the 1970s. Like Lee, Wilson is left-handed, freethinking and indubitably quotable. And yet, in many ways, Wilson is the Bizarro Bill Lee. Read More

By Nikolas Kolenich

"I was always into racing, literally, as a toddler I was into cars. The first thing I learned how to read was car magazines. I fell in love with cars before I ever played baseball. I've had brown hair my whole life, and it's the same thing with cars, I don't remember not liking cars and motorcycles." Read More

By George Kennedy

MLB pitcher CJ Wilson owns a Mazda dealership and he had a CX-5 outfitted to ward off the flocks of flesh eating monsters. To get a better idea of where the heck they came up with such an idea and what exactly makes a vehicle ready for the zombie apocalypse, we got a little more info from professional major league pitcher CJ Wilson and the dealership's general manager, Eric Vates. Read More

By Jeff Dengate

Los Angeles Angels pitcher CJ Wilson hangs out in Laguna Beach with Runner's World gear editor Jeff Dengate. CJ Wilson discusses why baseball players have larger behinds than runners. Wilson is also an ambassador for the Wings for Life World Run, a simultaneous global race happening on May 4 to raise money for spinal cord research. Watch Video

From the International Motor Sports Association

For sports car fans, the month of March means the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. For baseball enthusiasts, it's time for Spring Training to prepare for the upcoming campaign.

For C.J. Wilson, it's a bit of both, as he prepares for his fourth season on the mound for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim while monitoring the progress of CJ Wilson Racing in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Sebring.

The two-car team is in its fourth season of Continental Tire Challenge Street Tuner (ST) competition, finishing fifth and seventh in the 2014 team championship. The team has six TOTAL Pole Awards and won two races in 2013, when Marc Miller and Stevan McAleer won back-to-back races at Circuit of The Americas and Watkins Glen International. Read More

By Marcia C. Smith

Ten hours before that night's Angels game, C.J. Wilson walked unrecognized through the crowd of racing enthusiasts during the IndyCar practice session at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

He wore the race photographer's light blue vest and a backturned baseball cap. Nothing Angels. He lugged around a top-of-the-line Canon EOS 1D X with a 400mm telephoto lens, set up his monopod beside a retaining wall, aimed and began shooting.

Into his sight sped cars around the Turn 11 hairpin. They hauled down Shoreline Drive, their engines humming hard with horsepower, their decaled bodies passing in blurred colors. The air was a thick brew of burnt rubber and exhaust. The noise, the power rattled every part of him.

On this April morning, the two-time All-Star left-hander was exactly where he wanted to be, here, swept up in speed, force and sensory tide of racing.

But to truly understand what motivates this Rubik's Cube of a ballplayer, you need to know that Wilson is a race-car driver at heart. Read More

ZoomZoomNation launches athlete mentorship program

From the CJ Wilson Mazda Wire

The C.J. Wilson Mazda dealer group has announced the launch of a new mentorship program for young professional athletes. The first athlete to join the program is C.J. Wilson. Of course, the two-time Major League All-Star and auto dealership principal is clearly not mentoring himself. The C.J. in question is Curtis Junior Wilson, the rookie cornerback for the Chicago Bears.

Eric Vates, general manager of the C.J. Wilson Automotive Group, is excited. "C.J. is a rookie cornerback out of North Carolina State," Vates said. "His hometown of Lincolnton, North Carolina, has a population of just over 10,500-so he really is a small town kid in the big city. Basically, we are going to look for good, clean young players and set them on the right path. With 'our' C.J. as a role model, we expect our athletes to be clean living with heavy community involvement. The idea is to start these guys on the right path with the promise of them paying it forward to the next generation and doing the right thing in the community."

Vates believes this is the start of a significant and long-term program in the region. "The signing of young professional athletes helps mold future role models for our young people," he added. "The direction and example that these new athletes receive will be paid forward to future superstars in a continual cycle of development of upstanding young athletic heroes for the children of our city."

Baseball All-Star C.J. Wilson is fully behind the new initiative. "As a professional athlete, it is important to not only represent yourself the best you can-but to know who is counting on your character, on and off the field," Wilson said. "Team sports are great for building bridges, and we hope to promote good character within our own team. Eric and I and are happy to have Curtis on ours!"

For the NFL rookie, his ambitions for this season are pretty straightforward. "My goals for the year are to establish myself in the Bears defensive backfield and to represent C.J. Wilson Mazda and the C.J. Wilson Automotive Group as well as I can," Wilson said.

The Bears player has already displayed explosive pace at the NFL combine earlier this year, setting a time of 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash-though Vates expects him to avoid speeding in the Mazda CX-5 given to him by the Countryside, Ill.-based dealership.


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