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Posted: Nov 11, 2019

OPTIMA Announces the 2019 Ultimate Street Car Champion

OPTIMA® Batteries, a leading brand of Clarios, awarded Mike DuSold's 1967 Chevrolet Camaro as the 2019 Ultimate Street Car Invitational Champion at the 12th annual OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, presented by Advance Auto Parts, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this past weekend.

“This is amazing, and I couldn’t have done it without my team,” said Mike DuSold, two-time OPTIMA
Ultimate Street Car Invitational champion. “Doing something like this takes more than one guy and I have to give credit where it’s due. We’re really so excited that we could pull this off, and just wait until you see what we have next year!”

“Back for its 12th year, the OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car Invitational, presented by Advance Auto Parts, has continued to showcase the absolute best all-around street cars in the world," said Cam Douglass, Director of Marketing at OPTIMA Batteries, Clarios. “As the popularity of the series continues to grow, we are thrilled to see so many new cars and competitors from all over the country compete in this event.”

The 2019 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational put competitors and their vehicles to the test through a series of challenges, including the Lucas Oil Road Rally, QA1 Autocross, Falken Tire Road Course Time
Trial, PowerStop Speed Stop Challenge and the Lingenfelter Design and Engineering Competition.
Each competitor received points as they competed in the challenges; their scores were totaled to
determine the winner in each category. This year, Austin Barnes took second place overall, competing in a 2010 Dodge Viper, and Jordan Priestley came in third place in a 2017 Chevrolet C7 Grand Sport Corvette.

The top three winners for the individual competitions are listed below:

QA1 Autocross
First place: Austin Barnes, 2010 Dodge Viper
Second place: Mike DuSold, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Third place: Thomas Smith, 2005 Subaru STI

Falken Tire Hot Lap Challenge
First place: Austin Barnes, 2010 Dodge Viper
Second place: Mike DuSold, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Third place: Thomas Smith, 2005 Subaru STI

PowerStop Brakes Speed Stop Challenge
First place: Bob Sobey, 2013 Nissan GTR
Second place: Steve Kepler, 2013 Nissan GTR
Third place: John Laughlin, 2019 Tesla Model 3

Lingenfelter Performance Design and Engineering Competition
First place: Mike DuSold, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Second place: Chris Smith, 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
Third place: Jim McIlvaine, 1969 Mercury Cyclone

The 2019 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational will be broadcast on MAVTV on December 6 at 8 p.m.
ET/PT.

For more information about the OPTIMA Invitational and the 2020 OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series, visit DriveOPTIMA.com.

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