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    • OPTIMA's Ultimate Street Cars at Thunderhill

      The West Coast Fires up for optima’s Ultimate Street Car Series

      by Jim McIlvaine
      Photos by Kaleb Kelley

      The early T-bird gets the invitation to the optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) or maybe not. It doesn’t really matter, because there were no Thunderbirds registered for the second stop in OPTIMA’s 2024 Ultimate Street Car series, but there were plenty of Pro-Touring cars and trucks between the Speedtech GTV Class and the No-Limit Engineering GTT Class. Ryan Breezee’s ’69 Camaro continues to turn in stellar performances and at Thunderhill, he was the only entry from either class that notched a top-10 overall finish, beating out several late model Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs and even a few Teslas.

      The Camaros of Brian Hobaugh and Rick Ray also turned in strong runs, as did the ’70 Corvette of Garrett Randall, which gave them all an early start on what could be a top-10 season in points. Over on the truck side, David Carroll’s ’74 Blazer took home the class win and the invitation to Las Vegas, while the rest of the class all turned in solid performances. Last season, a competitor in the truck class needed to average 343 points in their best two events to finish inside the top-10 in points and all six trucks eclipsed that mark at Thunderhill. Points will be much harder to come by as the season rolls on. The fields will get bigger, starting at the next event, which is sold-out for competitors at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca.

      These cars and trucks may not be birds and points may not be worms, but for those that ran early in the season, their readiness could prove to be very valuable come November. Stay tuned for the next round and be sure to check out www.DriveUSCA.com to see how you can get involved in your street car or truck!

      Top Ten Overall

      Place Name Car Class Points
      1. Bob Sobey 2013 Nissan GT-R GTS 493
      2. Jordan Priestley 2021 Tesla Model 3 GTS 480
      3. Matt Ramirez 2004 Ford Mustang GT 478
      4. Lane Farka 2015 Porsche GT3 GTL 475
      5. Ryan Breezee 1969 Chevrolet Camaro GTV 472
      6. CB Ramey 2024 Chevrolet Corvette GTS 463
      7. Bryan Reilly 2018 Chevrolet Camaro GT 463
      8. Koda Atwood 2022 Tesla Model 3 GTS 459
      9. Jake Jackson 2018 Chevrolet Camaro GT 456
      10. Brandon Hurst 2021 Tesla Model S GTS 454

      QA1 First Timer Award

      Jay West - 2019 Ford Mustang

      Anderson Composites Competitor’s Choice Award

      Darren Voges - 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

      Operational Speed Supply Most-Improved Driver

      Terry Breezee - 2008 Chevrolet Corvette

      Summit Racing Spirit of the Event Invitation

      Josh Wojciechowski - 1969 Ford F100

      Sparky’s Showdown Winner

      John Lawrence - 2017 Chevrolet Corvette

      2024 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Schedule

      February 23-25: Sebring Raceway
      March 1-3: Thunderhill Raceway

      May 3-5: Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca
      June 28-30: Road America
      July 26-28: Portland International Raceway
      August 16-18: Summit Point Motorsports Park
      October 4-6: Virginia International Raceway
      October 31 - November 6: OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational Las Vegas

      Check out the full set of photos for this event on the HostMyJunk.com Gallery. Click here to see them all!

      Remember to add the OPTIMA Network on Roku and watch all the past seasons of this series free and on-demand!

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