To Wilson, there's a purity in competition between machines.
Race cars, he says, serve as the great equalizer: They largely take the innate physical limitations of humans out of the picture and shift the dependence to machines, which can be pushed and repaired in a way people cannot.
Athletes of his caliber depend on a physical gift to excel. Racing is more egalitarian.
"If a person is really truly clean" -- that is, steroid-free -- "we're not equal in the physical tasks we can complete," Wilson said. "But as a driver you can adapt, and you can learn how to drive."
That's where Wilson finds himself now, in what he calls the cocoon stage of a transformation from a professional baseball player to a professional driver.
He'll spend this season behind the wheel of a black and orange Porsche 991 as part of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, a 16-round race series in which drivers of identically prepped 911s go head to head.
In addition to honing his driving skills, he's working on adding lightness to his skill set, dropping from a fastball-friendly 215 pounds to below 200 pounds for the first time in a decade and a half. This means no stress-eating to take the edge off owning a growing portfolio of dealerships.
Wilson now holds franchises for Mazda, BMW, Porsche, Audi and McLaren. That each of these brands has both a current stake and storied history in racing is not a coincidence.
"I personally am only interested in brands that race," Wilson said. "I just think brands should be rewarded for testing their cars at the limit."