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Posted: Jan 17, 2019

DriveOPTIMA at Pike's Peak 2018 Album Two

When people hear the name "Pike's Peak," they often think of the famed hill climb event. However, there is also an oval track with an infield road course in nearby Fountain, Colorado, also known as Pike's Peak International Raceway.

OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series, presented by Advance Auto Parts, returned to Pike's Peak International Raceway in Fountain, Colorado for the fourth consecutive year in early-July. The sold-out field of competitors battled over two days in five different segments, with winners & new invitees to the 2018 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational announced on Sunday afternoon. Check out the results & a massive gallery of images from this event below. You can also view detailed result breakdowns from the event here.

QA1 GTV
Class (pre-1990, 3200+ pounds)
1. Nick Relampagos, 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Chad Ryker, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
3. Michael Erickson, 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle*

RECARO GTS Class (post-1989,
3200+ pounds, two-seaters & awd vehicles)
1. Austin Barrnes, 2010 Dodge Viper
2. Jeremy Swenson, 2011 Chevrolet Corvette*
3. Jordan Priestley, 2017 Chevrolet Corvette

Holley EFI GTL Class (non-compacts under 3200 pounds)
1. Mike DuSold, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Ken Thwaits, 2006 Mitsubishi Evo
3. Rich Willhoff, 2006 Chevrolet Corvette
*(Logan Palmer's 2011 Chevrolet Corvette received the invitation)

GTE
Class (BEV electric vehicles)
1. Matthew Scott, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq
2. Vernon Jolley, 2015 Chevrolet Spark*

GTC Class (two-wheel drive compacts, 107-inch wheelbase or less)
1. Thomas Litton, 1997 Mazda Miata
2. Angela Barnhouse, 2005 Honda S2000*
3. Josh Vedder, 2018 Hyundai Veloster

Franklin Road
Apparel GT Class (post-1989, 3200+ pounds, 2wd sedans, 4-seater coupes, trucks, etc...)
1. Jonathan Blevins, 2008 Ford Mustang
2. Eric Sheely, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro
3. Cliff Elliott, 2016 Ford Mustang*

Spectre Performance Spirit of the Event Award: Michael Cuthbertson, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro*

*Received invitation to the 2018 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational

See another massive gallery of images here.

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