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Posted: Aug 14, 2015

OPTIMA's 2015 Search For the Ultimate Street Car After Seven Events

Cliff-Elliott-2011-Ford-Mustang-Drive-OPTIMA-Pikes-Peak-2015_231.jpgWe're now seven events into the nine-event season, known as OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car, presented by Advance Auto Parts. In case you missed our previous recaps on the overall points chase in each of the four classes, you can read up on them here- GTV, GTS, GTL, GT. In this blog, we'll focus on the 15 competitors, who have not yet qualified for for the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI). Those 15 invitations will be awarded to the competitors with the highest point total in each class, who have not yet received an invitation, as well as the next 11 competitors across any of the four classes, based on their season-long points total.

With the completion of the most-recent qualifying event at Pike's Peak International Raceway, we saw no movement at the top of the standings, although that wasn't the case for the "bubble" positions, where several competitors improved their positions, while others dropped back. We do anticipate significant movement in the final two qualifying events, as four KN Filters Spirit of the Event invitations will be handed out across the four classes at Road America and the double-points event at Auto Club Speedway is sure to shake things up. Here's a look at how the 15 point-qualifiers look after seven of nine events:

Rank Name Car Points Class Change
1. Chris Porter 1986 Porsche 948 480.6 GTV -
2. Chris Neal 2014 Chevrolet Corvette 444.6 GTS -
3. Douglas Wind 2004 Dodge SRT4 472.8667 GTL -
4. Dannie Pinard 2013 Chevrolet Camaro 407.8533 GT -
5. Larry Woo 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 478.7667 GTV -
6. Tony Grzelakowski 1970 Chevrolet Chevelle 425.4133 GTV -
7. Keith Corrigan 1968 Chevrolet Camaro 405.7467 GTV -
8. Chandler Premo 2009 BMW M3 396.2733 GT -
9. Jeremy Stensland 2015 Subaru STi 385.1333 GTS -
10. Martin Pond 1980 Mercury Zephyr 376.9333 GTL -

Last Five In:

Rank Name Car Points Class Change
11. Casey Woodside 2010 Chevrolet Camaro 357.533 GT -
12. Greg Guerrettaz 2011 Chevrolet Camaro 356.65 GT -
13. Danny Tinch 1995 Nissan 240SX 342.133 GTL -
14. Cliff Elliott 2011 Ford Mustang 334.1467 GT +3
15. Mike Hamrick 1966 Ford Mustang 326.0033 GTV -1

First Five Out:

Rank Name Car Points Class Change
1. Saroja Raman 2010 Ford Mustang 323.95 GT -1
2. Doug Osborn 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 321.1267 GTS NEW
3. Brad Yonkers 2002 Chevrolet Corvette 318.9 GTS -2
4. Randy Johnson 2002 Chevrolet Corvette 295.3333 GTS NEW
5. Bill Hurd 2014 Chevrolet Camaro 259.7333 GT -1

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