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2019 OPTIMA USCA at Pike’s Peak
Rocky Mountain Mustangs
Fords are definitely in the minority in OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car, presented by Advance Auto Parts, but what they lack in quantity, they tend to make up in quality. Case in point, the Classic Car Liquidators GTV Class, which saw just saw two Blue Ovals enter at Pike's Peak. John McKissack's 1966 Fairlane didn't win the class, but he emerged as the new class points leader with a trail of 14 GM vehicles now pursuing him. Even if they catch him in one of the three remaining events, McKissack has now positioned himself well for an at-large entry into the OUSCI with three solid performances.
The series also saw a first-time entry in Mike Trenkle's 1982 Mustang. Trenkle was formerly a long-time volunteer in the series, but finally put together a car to campaign. His positive attitude & approach were rewarded with the Spectre Spirit of the Event invitation to Las Vegas. The bulk of Ford entries typically find their way into the GT Class, where the Mustangs and Camaros go to battle, but on this weekend, the series saw a surprise entry in the GTC Class in Jordan Cooke's 2015 Focus ST. Cooke had previously-competed at Las Vegas in his Mitsubishi Evo, but when that proved not to be ready, his wife's ST was pressed into duty and performed admirably against some seasoned competitors.
More than a dozen Mustangs went to battle in the GT Class for late-model, four-seat coupes and sedans, and while they didn't get the win, they did get some favorable results. Jonathan Blevins' 2008 GT500 came up just three points short of the win, covering Tony Scalici, but moved himself into a good position to overtake Scalici in the points chase, with another strong finish.
Five Mustangs now sit inside the top ten in points, although none are currently higher than fifth-place Kong Chang's 2017 GT350. We expect that could change significantly at the next stop at Road America. If Blevins posts a 429 or higher (and Scalici doesn't improve his point total), he would move ahead of the current points leader, possibly into the overall lead.
Road America will offer a slightly different format in that the event will take place on Friday and Saturday, instead of the usual weekend schedule. That allowed the series to move their date into the summer, versus the late-fall date they had been running in the past. So, if you're in the area and plan on spectating, be sure to put in for a day off on August 16th now. You can also catch up on the series every weekend on MAVTV, as the show typically airs throughout the weekend, starting Friday nights at 8PM Eastern.
Classic Car Liquidators GTV Class (Pre-1990, 3,200+ pounds)
- Brian Hobaugh, 1973 Chevrolet Camaro
- Eric Sheely, 1972 Chevrolet Corvette
- Efrain Diaz, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
RECARO GTS Class (Post-1989, 3,200+ pounds, two-seaters & AWD vehicles)
- Austin Barnes, 2010 Dodge Viper
- Jordan Priestley, 2017 Chevrolet Corvette
3. Steve Kepler, 2013 Nissan GT-R
Holley EFI GTL Class (Non-compacts under 3,200 pounds)
- Mike DuSold, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Lynn Proctor, 2005 Dodge Viper
3. Carrie Willhoff, 2010 Chevrolet Corvette
OPTIMA Chargers GTE Class (BEV electric vehicles)
GTC Class (Two-wheel drive compacts, 107-inch wheelbase or less)
Optima Batteries GT Class (Post-1989, 3,200+ pounds, 2wd sedans, 4-seater coupes, trucks, etc... )
- Tony Scalici, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro
- Jonathan Blevins, 2008 Mustang
- Wes Drelleshak, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro
Outlaw Class (Relaxed aero rules, pro drivers allowed)
- Jeremy Swenson, 2011 Chevrolet Corvette
2. Cody Mason, 2018 Chevrolet Corvette
Spectre Performance Spirit of the Event Award
Mike Trenkle, 1982 Mustang
2019 OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car Schedule
Auto Club Speedway September 14-15
NOLA Motorsports Park October 5-6
OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational November 9-10
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