C.J. Wilson, Los Angeles Angels pitcher and owner of his own auto racing team, on postseason road-tripping, as told to A.J. Baime:
We play 81 road games every season, and that doesn't include spring training. We're on the road a lot. When the season ends, photography and driving cars and motorcycles are what I look forward to most. Every year, I go on a road trip. There's so much of America to see. This year, my fiancée and I are going from L.A. to Big Sur in my McLaren MP4-12C.
C.J. Wilson with his McLaren MP4-12C, near his home in Laguna Beach, Calif. "I drive it every day," he said. "It's the best car I've ever owned in that performance space."
I've always been into cars. The first thing I learned how to read was a Road & Track magazine. And I've always been a McLaren fan because of their Formula One team, and because of Ayrton Senna, a McLaren racer. I have autographed helmets, the nose cone from one of his cars.
In baseball, you can play for years in the minors making $1,500 a month, working side jobs in the off-season. You're dreaming big, and it's those big dreams that carry you through the rough times. For me, a dream car was always part of the goal. So when I heard that McLaren was going to make a sports car in the price range of a Lamborghini Gallardo, I knew that was my sweet spot.
The MP4-12C can do anything. You can drive it like a regular car; I take it to home games. It even gets decent gas mileage. Or, you can drive it like a sports car: turn up the dials, make it loud.
But the most enjoyable thing is sharing the experience. My fiancée loves cars and motorcycles. So off we go, up the Pacific Coast Highway. Having a partner in crime makes all the difference.
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