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    • OPTIMA's Ultimate Street Cars at Laguna Seca!


      A Full Field Battles at Historic Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca



      by Jim McIlvaine
      Photos by Kaleb Kelley

      It's a good thing optima Ultimate Street Car series, presented by Advance Auto Parts, is such a friendly affair. If it wasn’t, there would be a lot of hurt feelings at the end of each weekend. There are racing series and other driving events, where someone can virtually guarantee a podium finish, if not a win, just by showing up and running in a certain class, but this series isn’t one of them.

      A massive 14-car field took the green flag in the Speedtech GTV Class, making Brian Hobaugh’s win and invitation to the optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Las Vegas hard-fought and well-earned. While the field was smaller in the No-Limit Engineering GTT Class for trucks, the challenge was still there and Dustin Reed’s ’72 C10 made sure of it. David Carroll’s ’74 Blazer had to post a better overall score than all but two of the cars in the GTV Class, to make sure he finished ahead of Reed in the truck class.

      The deck was stacked even more against John McKissack’s ’71 MG BGT in the Geaux Moto GTC Class. While that class is normally filled with late-model compacts from Japan and Europe, it does allow for some vintage entries, as long as they don’t exceed 107” in wheelbase and are running a non-V8. McKissack checked both of those boxes, but with his build freshly-finished just hours before the event started, it served more of a shakedown and sort-out function, than anything resembling competition. The series will be back in action at the end of June at Road America and we expect another massive field to take to the track. You can learn more about the series and what’s involved in competition, by heading over to
      www.DriveUSCA.com

      Top Ten Overall

      Place Name Car Class Points
      1. Bob Sobey 2013 Nissan GT-R GTS 492
      2. Dave Schotz 2022 Chevrolet Camaro GT 491
      3. Lane Farka 2015 Porsche GT3 GTL 481
      4. John Falkner 2021 Chevrolet Camaro GT 481
      5. Matt Ramirez 2004 Ford Mustang GT 474
      6. Jordan Priestley 2021 Tesla Model 3 GTS 471
      7. CB Ramey 2024 Chevrolet Corvette GTS 460
      8. Brandon Hurst 2021 Tesla Model S GTS 456
      9. Bryan Reilly 2018 Chevrolet Camaro GT 453
      10. Jake Jackson 2018 Chevrolet Camaro GT 451



      QA1 First Timer Award

      Scott Lezchuk 2020 Tesla Model 3



      Anderson Composites Competitor’s Choice Award

      Keith Corrigan 1955 Ford Thunderbird



      Operational Speed Supply Most-Improved Driver

      Matthew Waeckerle 2005 Lotus Elise



      Advance Auto Parts Speedperks Showdown Winner

      Sean Kelly 2008 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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