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Posted: Jan 09, 2018

Jake Rozelle's '69 Camaro & '03 Corvette

Jake Rozelle won the 2016 GTV Class Championship in his 1969 Camaro, but parked it in 2017 and continued his chase for the OUSCI title in his 2003 Corvette

Jake Rozelle has been a fixture in OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car series, since it's inception in 2014. In his first three seasons, Rozelle campaigned a 1969 Camaro, which ended up edging out Mike Maier's '66 Mustang for the 2016 GTV Class Championship by just five points! With that feather in his cap, Rozelle decided to move into car that offered more potential than a 50-year old F-body.

Jake stayed in the Chevrolet family selecting a 2003 ZO6 that bears a striking resemblance to multi-time OUSCI Champion, Danny Popp's Corvette and moved into the RECARO GTS Class for the 2017 season. The RECARO GTS Class proved to be an absolute gauntlet in 2017 and Rozelle battled with fellow Corvette owners Jordan Priestley and Jeremy Swenson, as well as the Dodge Vipers of Lynn Proctor and Austin Barnes for the championship. In the end, Barnes' 2010 Viper edged out Rozelle's Corvette by just 12 points to capture the class championship. Jake will be back in 2018 and we look forward to seeing him continue his quest for the ultimate street car title!

2015
1st Place GTV at Thunderhill
2nd Place GTV at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
1st Place GTV at Pike's Peak International Raceway
3rd Place GTV at Road America
3rd Place GTV at Auto Club Speedway
7th Place in GTV Season Points
22nd Place overall at the 2015 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational

2016
1st Place GTV at Thunderhill
1st Place GTV at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
1st Place GTV at Pike's Peak International Raceway
2nd Place GTV at Circuit of the Americas
2nd Place GTV at NOLA Motorsports Park
1st Place GTV at Auto Club Speedway
1st Place in GTV Season Points
10th Place overall at the 2016 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational

2017
2nd Place RECARO GTS at Las Vegas Motor Speedway
2nd Place RECARO GTS at Pike's Peak International Raceway
1st Place RECARO GTS at Auto Club Speedway
2nd Place RECARO GTS at Road America
2nd Place in RECARO GTS Season Points
9th Place overall at the 2017 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational

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