Gran Turismo Best of Show
Hotchkis Display Leads to Honor
Elana Scherr - November 11, 2011 04:00 PM
Mary Pozzi receives her awardKahn Media
Camaro at rest in the Hotchkis boothKahn Media
Camaro on track in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car InvitationalKahn Media
It came as no surprise that Mary Pozzi and her Hotchkis-equipped Camaro would draw a crowd to the Hotchkis booth during the jam-packed 2011 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas.
Hotchkis chose the orange and carbon fiber 1972 Camaro to display its new three-link rear suspension system after working with Mary and David Pozzi during the R&D process.Mary's Camaro caught the eye of Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of the legendary racing simulator Gran Turismo, and the Hotchkis “H-Team” was on hand the next day during the ninth annual Gran Turismo Awards at the Marquee Nightclub in the Cosmopolitan Hotel when Mary's car was chosen as "Best in Show,” which means the Camaro will be a playable car in the game and driven virtually by millions of fans across the globe.
"We have been working with Mary for years now, and we are consistently blown away by her automotive knowledge, skill behind the wheel, and her craftsmanship during the build process," says Hotchkis founder, John Hotchkis. "We can't think of a better representative for Hotchkis and the whole Pro-Touring movement than Mary's '73 Camaro and we can't wait to see the car in Gran Turismo."
The accolades didn't end for Mary and Hotchkis after the awards ceremony. The weekend after SEMA was the famed Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational, in which very best SEMA show cars compete on track at Spring Mountain Raceway in four distinct arenas (autocross, speed/stop, road course and engineering) for the title of Ultimate Street Car. Mary finished 5th out of 52 cars overall and took 2nd place behind a highly modified new Corvette Z06 in the Autocross portion of the event, an incredible result against many purpose-built racecars.
The Optima Event will be shown this coming spring and fans of Gran Turismo should be able to get behind the wheel of Mary's Camaro in the later part of 2012.