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Posted: Apr 20, 2012

2012 OPTIMA® Ultimate Street Car Invitational Participant List Announced

OPTIMA Batteries has just revealed the current list of drivers and vehicles that have been selected to compete in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI). OUSCI has evolved to become one of the most anticipated events in the automotive performance world. This year included nine qualifying events where otherwise unknown automotive enthusiasts were offered a chance to earn a spot in the invitational. The vehicle selections include a variety of industry-leading muscle cars, pro-touring cars, hot rods, and street trucks, from both import and domestic manufacturers. The participants are from different walks of life and different experience levels, but they have all earned a spot to compete in this year’s OUSCI:

• Dale Akuszewski (1964 Sunbeam Tiger)
• Jeff Cleary (1967 Chevrolet Corvette)
• Brian Davis (1999 Pontiac Trans Am)
• Greg Davison (2010 Chevrolet Camaro)
• Karl Dunn (2007 Ford Mustang)
• Todd Earsley (2003 Mitsubishi Evo)
• Cliff Elliott (2011 Ford Mustang)
• Max Gerson (2007 Audi RS4)
• Pedro Gonzales (1979 Pontiac Trans Am)
• Dan Howe (1984 Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS)
• Albert Melchior (1973 Pontiac Trans Am)
• Cole Quinnell (1966 Chevrolet Chevelle)
• Grant Reierson (1966 Chevrolet Nova)
• Ron Schwarz (1966 Ford Mustang)
• Chris Smith (1967 Chevrolet C10)
• Marty Sokulski (1969 Dodge Charger)
• Herb Stuart (1968 Mercury Cougar)
• Ben Therrien (1995 Nissan Skyline)
• Dave Tucci (1941 Cadillac)
• Paul Welch (1978 Pontiac Trans Am)

Full List of Finalists
The next round of finalists will be announced in October. After that, there will still be one additional opportunity to secure a spot in the OUSCI. As in years past, a committee made up of OPTIMA and industry representatives will walk the SEMA Show floor in Las Vegas, looking for the best of the best across all vehicle segments. The final search will be promoted during the show, and the final vehicle invitations will be awarded Thursday during a press conference in the OPTIMA Batteries booth.

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