OPTIMA® Faceoff at Road America
Largest Group of Participants in Faceoff History Earn Entries to the 2013 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational
Andy Bolig - June 26, 2013 09:42 AM
Bret Voelkel and his 1933 Ford Coupe won the Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge. The duo also compiled the most overall points by performing well in each of the driving events.Photo: Optima
This fine ride (#12) is Damion Campbell’s ’63 Lemans.Photo: Optima
#29 is Randy Johnson and his D&Z Customs '70 Camaro.Photo: Optima
Eric Wracker handles his ’71 Duster (#70) around the course.Photo: Optima
Participants traveled from all over the country to showcase their vehicle’s performance potential on the historic four-mile, 14-turn road circuit.
The OPTIMA® Faceoff at Road America, presented by Royal Purple and K&N Filters, returned to Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, this past weekend with more than 70 participants.
The event, which will be showcased on television later this fall, kicked-off on Friday, June 21 at Johnson Controls Headquarters with a car show and charitable OPTIMA Build-A-Bike event benefitting Milwaukee area Boys & Girls Clubs and Neighborhood House of Milwaukee. The Faceoff at Road America is a Regional Qualifier event leading up to OPTIMA’s Ultimate Street Car Invitational, to be held in Pahrump, NV, after the SEMA show in early November.
The driving and fun began Saturday as all of the Faceoff participants drove more than 60 miles through Wisconsin’s scenic Kettle Moraine State Park to the Road America facility in the Detroit Speed Road Rally. Once there, Faceoff enthusiasts had a chance to see A.J. Allmendinger win the NASCAR Nationwide series race.
On Sunday, all 71 Faceoff participants got on the track to test their cars and driving skills. The BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge segment winner was Todd Rumpke (2006 Chevy Corvette Z06). The Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge segment winner was Bret Voelkel (1933 Ford Coupe). The Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross segment winner was Dennis Prunty (1981 Pontiac Trans Am). A select group of industry pros also judged the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Design Challenge, recognizing the outstanding craftsmanship of Karl Dunn’s 1968 Chevrolet Camaro above all others.
“It was great to be back at Road America this year,” said Cam Douglass, director of marketing and product development for OPTIMA Batteries. “The Faceoff participants put up some impressive times, and it was exciting to see such a diverse group of real street-driven vehicles take to one of the most historic tracks in the country.”
Bret Voelkel’s 1933 Ford 3-window Coupe compiled the most overall points by performing well in each of the driving events. The car is a showcase for the capabilities of Ridetech, a suspension company founded by Voelkel in 1996. Bret’s skill behind the wheel, teamed with the car’s ample horsepower and capable handing, resulted in a First Place finish. The win means Voelkel has earned an invitation back to the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational for 2013.
Tying for Second Place were Steve Kepler (2013 Nissan GTR) and Todd Rumpke (2006 Corvette Z06). Both of these drivers also showed great skill in piloting their high-powered rides to outstanding finishes in each of the three performance driving events at the Faceoff competition.
Participants traveled from all over the country to showcase their vehicle’s performance potential on the historic four-mile, 14-turn road circuit. Four participants were awarded with invitations to OPTIMA’s Ultimate Street Car Invitational event, held after the SEMA show in Pahrump, NV. The selection was based not only on their vehicle’s performance, but also the spirit and attitude they showed over the course of the weekend. The recipients of these invitations are Steve Kepler (2013 Nissan GTR), John Kundrat (1964 Corvette), Damion Campbell (1963 Pontiac Tempest), and Brad Reikkoff (1981 Pontiac Trans Am). Reikkoff’s car was driven in the Faceoff by Dennis Prunty, and this will be the case once again at the Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Pahrump.
Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Design Challenge
1. #20 Karl Dunn 1968 Chevy Camaro
2. #69 Larry Woo 1969 Chevy Camaro
3. #08 Bob Bertelsen 1971 Chevy Camaro
Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge
1. #07 Bret Voelkel 19.511 – 1933 Ford Coupe
2. #01 Brian Finch 19.524 – 1971 Chevy Camaro
3. #34 Stephen Kepler 19.878 – 2013 Nissan GTR
Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross
1. #52 Dennis Prunty 43.099 – 1981 Pontiac Trans Am
2. #07 Bret Voelkel 43.457 – 1933 Ford Coupe
3. #51 Brian Finch 44.835 – 1969 Chevy Camaro
BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge
1. #57 Todd Rumpke 1:40.775 – 2006 Chevy Corvette Z06
2. #06 Danny Popp 1:41.957 – 2010 Lingenfelter Camaro
3. #34 Stephen Kepler 1:43.243 – 2013 Nissan GTR
OPTIMA Batteries Faceoff at Road America Overall
1. #07 Bret Voelkel 1933 Ford Coupe
(tie) 2. #34 Stephen Kepler 2013 Nissan GTR
(tie) 2. #57 Todd Rumpke 2006 Chevy Corvette Z06
Sponsors of the 2013 OPTIMA Faceoff at Road America included presenting sponsors K&N Filters and Royal Purple. This year’s event sponsors are BFGoodrich, Detroit Speed, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, Ridetech and Wilwood Disc Brakes were event sponsors. Magnaflow, Centerforce Performance Clutch and Roadster Shop were associate sponsors of the event.
For a full list of results and more information on OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car events, or to purchase tickets to see the event in person, please visit www.optimainvitational.com.