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Friday, January 31, 2014

Motorsport: C. J. Wilson pitches racing as often as possible

My STP, my girl and me.

Knowing where his bread is buttered, Wilson hasn’t spent as much time with racing as he would like, but he realizes he’ll have plenty of opportunity once his playing days are over with. Wilson’s contract, like that of other high-paid stars, has clauses that preclude participation in so-called dangerous endeavors, such as racing, ice hockey and other contact sports. “I am not going to drive something that is not safe,” Wilson said while at the Rolex24. “I have a lot to lose by taking risks that I don’t need to. I believe in the sanctity of my contract, and I want to be able to throw 200 innings a year until I am done with baseball, then I can go race all I want.”

Wilson did race recently in a 25-hour endurance event at California’s Thunderhill Raceway Park. “I was in a front-wheel drive (Mazda 6) diesel, and I did a couple of stints in the car with one being about four hours. Even though I hadn’t been on track for a long time, I didn’t have any incidents, although I felt a little bit rusty. I am really bummed that I don’t get to race more. The more I am around racing the harder it is to walk away.”

...Wilson’s long-term desire is to move up the ladder, possibly advancing to the newly constituted TUDOR United SportsCar Series and one day to race at the 24 Hours of LeMans. But that’s in the distant future and for now, he must concentrate on baseball, as that sport pays the bills. “I have a great job that keeps me busy, and it’s not like I am in Siberia drilling for ice. I am playing baseball, which is pretty cool,” he noted.

Repoz Posted: January 31, 2014 at 05:37 AM | 3 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. boteman asks Where's My Ring? Posted: January 31, 2014 at 08:15 AM (#4649165)
Wilson’s contract, like that of other high-paid stars, has clauses that preclude participation in so-called dangerous endeavors, such as

...pitching???
   2. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: January 31, 2014 at 08:20 AM (#4649166)
clauses that preclude participation in so-called dangerous endeavors


Since this is the place to nitpick a bit is this a true statement? Do the typical contracts preclude these activities or does is basically say "if you get hurt doing this you don't get paid?"
   3. Al Kaline Trio Posted: January 31, 2014 at 04:39 PM (#4649538)
I've raced Thunderhill it's an awesome track. My car isn't as nice as CJ's ride though. I have the Jetta with the skateboards and snowboards on it.


Here's some footage from another Northern California track Infineon (Sear's Point).
24 hours of lemons

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