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Posted: Jan 09, 2018

Bryan Johnson's 2013 Chevrolet Camaro

Bryan Johnson's 2013 Camaro has dominated the Franklin Road Apparel GT Class in OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series for several years. Find out what makes his Camaro stand out from the crowd

Bryan Johnson's 2013 Chevrolet has been a force to be reckoned with since it burst onto the scene during OPTIMA's 2014 Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series. Bryan ran at Michigan International Speedway, Gateway Motorsports Park and Pittsburgh International Raceway in his rookie season, capping it all off with an incredible fourth-place finish at the 2014 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI).

Starting in the 2015 season, Johnson's Camaro has been virtually untouchable in the Franklin Road Apparel GT Class, winning an unprecedented three regular season championships in a row! It's been a rare occurrence when Bryan's Camaro showed up at an OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series event, that he didn't win, but not because of a lack of competition, which includes the likes of Danny Popp, Ryan Mathews, Ken Thwaits and Jordan Priestley. Mathews did edge out Johnson's Camaro at the 2015 event at NCM Motorsports Park and Popp did the same at the Michigan International Speedway event, but Johnson went on a tear from that point going forward.

Johnson's Camaro won the event at Charlotte Motor Speedway and finished a close second to Cody Mason's Showtime Motorsports entry at Auto Club Speedway, but his string of podium finishes over the course of the season was enough to bring home the regular season championship. The 2015 OUSCI saw a slew of ultra-competitive all-wheel drive entries qualify for the season finale, but Bryan's Camaro still managed to post a top-10 finish.

The 2016 season saw a revamp of the points system, where the Lingenfelter Design & Engineering Challenge was finally equalized with the other competitive segments, but Johnson had no trouble adjusting to the new system. Johnson won the Franklin Road Apparel GT Class at NCM Motorsports Park and followed that victory up with a 492-point performance at Charlotte Motor Speedway, which still stands as the highest-recorded score ever recorded in that class.

Bryan's regular season wrapped up at NOLA Motorsports Park, where his third victory of the year put him too far out of reach for class runner-up Ken Thwaits. As the quality and depth of the OUSCI fields continued to improve, Johnson continued to post impressive results with a 13th place finish in the 2016 OUSCI, while the next-closest GT Class car was back in 26th place.

The 2017 season offered renewed hope that someone might be able to mount a legitimate challenge to Johnson's dominance in the Franklin Road Apparel GT Class, but it was simply not happening. Johnson captured another win at NOLA Motorsports in his first event of 2017, followed that up with another win at NCM Motorsports and a third event win at New Jersey Motorsports Park, which ultimately led to his third class championship in as many seasons. The OUSCI arms race continues to escalate, but Johnson still managed a 19th place overall finish, although challenges are on the horizon for 2018.

See the series when it comes to a track near you in 2018. Check out the full schedule here and check out a large gallery of images of Bryan's car below.

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