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Search Begins For Ultimate Street Car

Qualifying kicks off 2014 season

Andy Bolig - March 12, 2014 03:40 PM

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Martin Pond's 1980 Ford Fairmont captured the attention of the judges for best embodying the spirit of having fun in your street car.

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The field of cars was vast. There were Dodges, Chevys of all makes and models and Fords, including a Pinto!

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Mike Maier and his 1966 Ford Mustang took first place in the Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge.

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The Road Rally ended at the host hotel and took participants through historic Cannery row and along some of the most beautiful coastline California has to offer.

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The participants enjoyed more time behind the wheel than you would get at just about any other high performance driving event.

The first USCA-sanctioned event goes smoothly with over 2,000 laps as the best performance street cars battled for top honors and a spot in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational.

The “Corkscrew” at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is perhaps the most famous corner in motorsports. This past weekend, OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car Qualifying Series brought together driving enthusiasts to participate in a three day event at the famous track that focused on safety, education and fun. Created for real street cars, this event tested every facet of a vehicle’s performance and gave the owners their first shot at earning a spot in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational scheduled to begin the day after SEMA in Las Vegas, NV.

The event kicked off on Friday with a 60-mile Road Rally presented by Detroit Speed & Engineering that took participants through historic Cannery row and along some of the most beautiful coastline California has to offer. The Road Rally ended at the host hotel with the Holley Welcome Party and Cruise-In where six decades of street cars from the 1950s to present were represented. 

Saturday’s events included the Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross and the Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge while judging for the Lingenfelter Performance Design & Engineering Challenge took place throughout the day.  The final day of the event on Sunday was dedicated solely to the BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge road course segment where the three run groups made a total of 1,422 laps before the end of the day.

Taking top honors at the inaugural event were Mike Maier and his 1966 Mustang in the GT3K class, Mark Frazier and his 1971 Datsun 240Z in the GT2K class, and in an unexpected tie,  Ricky Kwan and his 2012 Nissan GT-R, and Betim Barisha and his 2011 Porsche 911 in the AWD class.

Taking home the K&N Spirit of the Event Award and the 5th spot in the Invitational was Martin Pond, whose 1980 Ford Fairmont captured the attention of the judges for best embodying the spirit of having fun in your street car.

“We are extremely happy with how well this event went,” said USCA Co-Founder Jimi Day. “We had a great group of enthusiasts and a very diverse field of cars. The participants enjoyed more time behind the wheel than you would get at just about any other high performance driving event. Everyone had fun and the five Jet-Hot driving instructors were busy all day teaching everyone how to be safer and faster in their cars.  With this event now officially under our belts we are looking forward to the rest of the season and our upcoming events at Texas Motor Speedway and Daytona International Raceway.”

The Ultimate Street Car Association also announced the launch of a new referral program as a thank you to all of the participants that help spread the word about the event series. This program will award a 50-percent discount off your entry fee when the person that you refer to the event signs up.

The next OPTIMA’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car Qualifying Series events, sanctioned by the USCA, are coming up on March 21-23 at Texas Motor Speedway and May 23-25 at Daytona International Speedway. For more information on OPTIMA’s Search for the  Ultimate Street Car Qualifying Series, OPTIMA’s Ultimate Street Car Invitational, and the Ultimate Street Car Association, including a list of track dates, complete event results, season points, rules and membership information, please visit www.ultimatestreetcarassociation.com. Complete results available Here.

 

Official Event Results:

Overall Winners:
GT3K - #035 Mike Maier – 1966 Ford Mustang
GT2K - #011 Mark Frazier – 1971 Datsun 240Z
AWD - #030 Ricky Kwan – 2012 Nissan GT-R, #057 Betim Barisha – 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo

K&N Spirit of the Event Winner - #007 Martin Pond – 1980 Ford Fairmont

BF Goodrich Hot Lap Challenge:
1st Place – GT3K - #052 Danny Popp – 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
2nd Place – GT3K - #019 Filip Trojanek – 1966 Ford Mustang
3rd Place – GT3K - #006 Jake Rozelle – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1st Place – GT2K - #31 John Lazorak – 1988 Chrysler Conquest TSI
2nd Place – GT2K - #055 Ken Suen – 2012 Honda Civic Si
3rd Place – GT2K - #011 Mark Frazier – 1971 Datsun 240Z
1st Place – AWD - #030 Ricky Kwan – 2012 Nissan GT-R
2nd Place – AWD - #022 Brandon Ranvek – 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS
3rd Place – AWD - #045 Casey Wallace – 2011 Nissan GT-R

Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross:
1st Place – GT3K - #035 Mike Maier – 1966 Ford Mustang
2nd Place – GT3K - #052 Danny Popp – 2010 Chevrolet Camaro
3rd Place – GT3K - #006 Jake Rozelle – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1st Place – GT2K - #011 Mark Frazier – 1971 Datsun 240Z
2nd Place – GT2K - #055 Ken Suen – 2012 Honda Civic Si
3rd Place – GT2K - #031 John Lazorak – 1988 Chrysler Conquest TSI
1st Place – AWD - #022 Brandon Ranvek – 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS
2nd Place – AWD - #057 Betim Berisha – 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo
3rd Place – AWD - #030 Ricky Kwan – 2012 Nissan GT-R

Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge:
1st Place – GT3K - #035 Mike Maier – 1966 Ford Mustang
2nd Place – GT3K - #025 Bret Voelkel – “48 Hour Camaro”
3rd Place – GT3K - #006 Jake Rozelle – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
1st Place – GT2K - #011 Mark Frazier – 1971 Datsun 240Z
2nd Place – GT2K - #031 John Lazorak – 1988 Chrysler Conquest TSI
3rd Place – GT2K - #055 Ken Suen – 2012 Honda Civic Si

1st Place – AWD - #026 Ronnie Soliman – 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution
2nd Place – AWD - #022 Brandon Ranvek – 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution RS
3rd Place – AWD - #057 Betim Berisha – 2011 Porsche 911 Turbo

Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Design & Engineering Challenge:
1st Place – GT3K - #001 James Shipka – 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
2nd Place – GT3K - #029 James Stancel – 2014 Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series
3rd Place – GT3K - #025 Bret Voelkel – “48 Hour Camaro”
1st Place – GT2K - #011 Mark Frazier – 1971 Datsun 240Z
2nd Place – GT2K - #010 Brian Battaglini – 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
3rd Place – GT2K - #055 Ken Suen – 2012 Honda Civic Si

1st Place – AWD - #057 Betim Berisha – 2011 Porsche 911 TT
2nd Place – AWD - #030 Ricky Kwan – 2012 Nissan GT-R
3rd Place – AWD - #045 Casey Wallace – 2011 Nissan GT-R

 

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