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Search for the Ultimate Street Car

Posted: Apr 19, 2018

DriveOPTIMA at NOLA Motorsports Park 2018 Album One

OPTIMA's 2018 Search for the Ultimate Street Car series visits seven different tracks, inviting top competitors from each of six different classes, to display their vehicles at the 2018 SEMA Show in Las Vegas and compete in the 2018 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, which takes place on the weekend after the SEMA Show. The second stop on the 2018 search was NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans, Louisiana. When Mother Nature wasn't busy dropping rain all over the track, competitors were busy dropping fast times, cones and loads of fuel into their high-powered machines (except for Dr. Karen Thomas, who competed in the GTE Class and dumped Ah of energy into her Tesla Model X P100D. Check out the podium finishers from each class, as well as the winner of the coveted Spectre Performance Spirit of the Event invitee and a large photo gallery below. If you'd like to learn more about this series, visit

QA1 GTV Class (pre-1990, 3200+ pounds)

1. CB Ramey, 1984 Cheveolet Corvette
2. Dusty Nixon, 1979 Chevrolet Camaro
3. Ed Michalak, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

RECARO GTS Class (post-1989, 3200+ pounds, two-seaters & awd vehicles)

1. Steve Kepler, 2009 Nissan GT-R
2. Michael Levitas, 2014 Porsche 991
3. Eric Fleming, 2016 Chevrolet Corvette

Holley EFI GTL Class (non-compacts under 3200 pounds)

1. Ken Thwaits, 2006 Mitsubishi Evo
2. Feras Qartoumy, 2008 Chevrolet Corvette
3. Ryan Mathews, 2002 Chevrolet Corvette

GTE Class (BEV electric vehicles)

1. Karen Thomas, 2018 Tesla X P100D

GTC Class (two-wheel drive compacts, 107-inch wheelbase or less)

1. Andy Hollis, 2000 Mazda Miata
2. Troy delaHoussaye, 2009 Mazda MX-5
3. Jason Goodick, 2004 Toyota MR2

Franklin Road Apparel GT Class (post-1989, 3200+ pounds, 2wd sedans, 4-seater coupes, trucks, etc...)

1. Chad Langley, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Jonathan Blevins, 2008 Mustang
3. Keith Lamming, 2011 Chevrolet Camaro

SPECTRE Performance Spirit of the Event Award: Tina Thompson, 2015 Chevrolet Corvette

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