C.J. Wilson Explains Similarities Between Playing In MLB, Racing Professionally

Tue, Jan 31, 2017 1,211

For athletes who compete at the highest level of competition, their sport sometimes can become their sole focus in life. That’s why many people might be surprised to learn that free-agent pitcher C.J. Wilson’s passion for professional baseball is rivaled only by his love of motorsport.

Wilson is a well-known car enthusiast who owns a racing team that competes in various endurance series. And now, according to NBC Sports, he can add full-time racing driver to his resume. The 36-year-old confirmed at the Rolex 24 at Daytona he will compete in the 2017 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, piloting a 991-generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer, a car which C.J. Wilson Racing could use to expand its race program.

“That’s what I’ve wanted to do for some time,” Wilson told NBC Sports. “(Porsche) really has the ultimate customer program. You can put anyone in one of those cars, and stick them in a race in so many possible series — Pirelli World Challenge, IMSA, Porsche Club, NASA, SCCA. Or you could be more ambitious and run Bathurst, or Spa, or any historic race.”

The former Los Angeles Angels pitcher explained in a video for Porsche the passion that’s allowed him to pursue professional careers in two seemingly different sports.

After listening to Wilson talk about the measured preparation that’s allowed him to remain competitive throughout his entire career, we have to agree Porsche seems like the ideal fit for him.

Interestingly, Porsche posted the video of Wilson three days before he publicly announced his 2017 race plans. So we wonder if it will change the disclaimer on the bottom of the screen from “closely supervised driver on closed course” to the usual “professional driver on closed course.”

Thumbnail photo via Twitter/@CJWilsonRacing