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Posted: Jun 13, 2012

The OPTIMA™ Faceoff- "I had the time of my life!"

The OPTIMA™ Faceoff at the Hot Rod Power Tour is in the rear view mirror, but the feedback we've been getting from competitors has been outstanding. One such competitor was Ted Parrish, who ran this beautiful 1956 Pontiac Safari wagon in the event, as well as Power Tour.

Ted battled overheating issues, which limited his time on-track, but he made the most of the opportunities he did have and told us, "I had the time of my life!" That's a pretty strong endorsement for someone who wasn't one of the fastest cars on the track and didn't get to run their car as often as they would've liked.

However, that speaks to what the Faceoff events and the OUSCI are all about. These events were created by gearheads for gearheads and it's hard not to have a great time even watching these events, let alone participating in them.

We do want to extend a special acknowledgement to Lou Louis Gigliotti of LG Motorsports. Several competitors arrived at tech with nothing more than lap belts and some didn't have helmets, as they left for the Power Tour long haul without thinking they'd ever participate in an event like the Faceoff.

When we asked the Gigliottis if they could bring a spare helmet and belts from their race shop in nearby Plano, they happily agreed to do so, even though they knew providing those items could potentially allow someone to participate, who could end up finishing ahead of them.

While many of our competitors would be considered shade tree mechanics, the Gigliottis wrench on cars for a living. As a result, some might view their participation as having more ramifications for them and their business, than someone who did it on a lark at the end of Power Tour. Their sportsmanship and generosity did not go unnoticed and we greatly appreciate their participation.

We'd also like to extend a special thank you to the great folks at FM3 Performance Marketing, who organized this event (and many others) for us. While these events can sometimes have many last-minute obstacles, FM3 did a great job of organizing and running the event, without missing a beat.

Safety is our number one priority and we applaud their efforts to ensure the safest experience possible for all our participants. The course layouts and the selection of the Eagle's Canyon venue helped limit the casualties to mechanical issues that are almost unavoidable at any event, like Ted's overheating problem.

We posted several hundred photos from the event on our Facebook page and we'd encourage you to stop by and check them out. If you missed out on the Faceoff and still want in on the action, we have great news for you- we're having another Faceoff event on June 22-24th, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

The SPEED TV crew will be back filming this event as well and all competitors will also receive two free tickets to the NASCAR race also being held at the track that weekend. There is still space available, so be sure to visit www.optimainvitational.com for more information.

Finally, we'd like to thank all our event sponsors, including Lingenfelter Performance Engineering, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Detroit Speed, RideTech, BF Goodrich and our presenting sponsors, Royal Purple Synthetic Oil and KN Filters. Even though our name is on all of these events, the participation of all these other great sponsors is what makes these events happen and we thank them for their support.

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