Posted: Jan 09, 2018
Kurt Robinson's 2015 Chevy Camaro
The third time was the charm for Kurt Robinson's quest to qualify for the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational in his 2015 Camaro
OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series offers something for everyone who is looking to track their street car. If someone just wants to come out and have some fun and a lot of seat time at world-class racetracks, the series offers both in spades. If they want a competitive experience with a national scope, the series can offer that as well. Others see it as an opportunity to not only earn a high-profile invitation to the SEMA Show, but the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI), that immediately follows.
If someone's sights are set on qualifying for SEMA and the OUSCI, they can make that happen at a single event if they perform well enough, or they can look to qualify based on their accumulation of points over the course of an entire season. Kurt Robinson and his 2015 Camaro fall into the former category.
Kurt's first event at the 2015 stop at Auto Club Speedway was a learning experience, as it is for many competitors in the series. Robinson ran strong, but the field was stacked and Kurt finished outside the top-five in the GT Class. In 2016 Robinson returned to Auto Club Speedway for another shot at a Vegas invite. The Camaros of Ken Thwaits and Jordan Priestley had already previously-qualified at other events earlier in the season, so even if they topped Kurt at ACS, he could still earn the invitation with a third-place finish behind those two.
Thwaits & Priestley had an epic battle, with Ken edging out Jordan 459-457. However, the battle for the OUSCI qualifying spot turned out to be just as intense. When the points were tallied, Kurt Camaro came up just four points shy of Jeremiah's Stotler's 2015 Mustang for the OUSCI invitation- 413 to 409. In his third attempt at Auto Club Speedway, Robinson finally broke through and not only won the invitation to SEMA and the OUSCI, but he won the Franklin Road Apparel GT Class outright. In Kurt's first appearance at the OUSCI, he came home in 35th place overall out of 92 cars.
As OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series moves into it's fifth season, the level of competition continues to increase and the ability for someone like Kurt to run in a single event and qualify for the OUSCI gets increasingly difficult. The events are still a lot of fun and offer lots of seat time, so head over to www.DriveOPTIMA.com to get in on the action in your street car.