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Posted: Dec 29, 2014

2015 Casting Call for the Second Season of OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car

OPTIMA-Ultimate-Street-Car-Invitational-2014-BFGoodrich-Hot-Lap-Challenge_306.jpgMAVTV is set to begin filming the second season of their wildly successful TV Series, OPTIMA's Search For the Ultimate Street Car, which focuses on the participants of the USCA-sanctioned qualifying series for the 2015 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, which takes place in Las Vegas each year, immediately following the annual SEMA Show.

Continuing on the success of the inaugural season, the Ultimate Street Car Association will once again hold qualifying events across the country, in search of the ultimate street-legal cars and trucks. Top competitors from each of these events will be invited to display their vehicles at the largest automotive aftermarket trade show in the world, the SEMA Show, before heading to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, to prove their cars can perform as well as they look. The first qualifying event is at Thunderhill Raceway Park on February 28, 2015.

The action doesn't slow down from there, as OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car will return to some of the world's most-iconic racetracks, affording competitors the opportunity to run their street cars and trucks on the same tracks used by the stars of NASCAR, IndyCar and the American Le Mans series, with MAVTV filming all the action for broadcast on national TV.  Venues on the 2015 schedule include:

February 28-March 1 Thunderhill Raceway Park, Willows, CA

March 28-29 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX

June 6-7 National Corvette Museum Raceway, Bowling Green, KY

June 20-21 Michigan International Speedway, Brooklyn, MI

July 25-26 Charlotte Motor Speedway, Concord, NC

August 8-9 Pike's Peak International Raceway, Fountain, CO

August 29-30 Road America, Elkhart Lake, WI

October 10-11 Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA

If you've ever wanted a shot at getting on TV, but thought you didn't have the right kind of car, weren't fast enough or were just too much of a long shot, we're here to tell you this is your chance. This is an event for street-legal cars- the kind of cars people drive every day. It doesn't matter if you're fast or slow, experienced or new to tracking your car, the USCA events provide an opportunity for you to get behind the wheel and in front of the camera at some serious race tracks (don't worry, they'll make you look good).

Because all of these events are qualifiers for the 2015 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, many of the top competitors will be receiving a free invitation to the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. As you thumb through the pages of your favorite car magazines and see page after page of beautiful machines, some of them adorned with a cornucopia of sponsor logos and you wonder how a company decides who to sponsor, one of the most-obvious answers is exposure.

When you participate in Ultimate Street Car Association events, it offers you the unique opportunity to go to a potential sponsor and offer them real TV exposure on MAVTV, a national TV network known for it's motorsports programming. To many sponsors, there is a world of difference between someone who plans on running a full local race series with no TV or magazine coverage and someone who plans on running even a single nationally-televised event.

The format of these events focuses on safety for both the driver and the car. This is a street car event and the USCA wants to make sure everyone who drives to the event is able to drive home at the end of the day. Unlike drag racing, where you have to run side by side with another competitor, the USCA can put you in a group that allows you to go out onto the track by yourself, so you don't have to worry about trading paint or rubbing bumpers with another car, whether it is accidental or not.

As with any deal that sounds too good to be true, there are some catches- this event isn't free. You'll definitely get your entry fee's worth and have plenty of track time, but these are very costly events to run and the USCA does have to cover their expenses. The other catch is that space is limited. These are iconic tracks and it is being broadcast to a national TV audience, which can create high demand for both track and TV time. The USCA wants to maximize the opportunities for all of the competitors in these events, so they will cap the fields. Registration for the 2015 season opens January 19, 2015, but there's no telling how long spaces will last.

People are already getting off their couches and getting in on the action. We saw everything from an F-250 to a Lamborghini running in these events in 2014 and people are now building and buying cars and trucks just to run in this series. Get in on the action now!

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