2013 OUSCI Recap- Detroit Speed Road Rally


Another OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, presented by Royal Purple and KN Filters, is in the books and a new champion has been crowned- Brian Hobaugh's spectacular 1965 Chevrolet Corvette. OPTIMA would like to congratulate Brian and all the other OUSCI competitors for a great event! Now that things are starting to settle down, we'd like to recap the OUSCI, devoting a blog post to each event, starting with the Detroit Speed Road Rally.

Returning OUSCI competitors would probably consider the 2013 version of the Detroit Speed Road Rally to be slightly less-demanding than those of past years. However, several competitors were still unable to score the maximum number of points available (ten) for a variety of reasons. As in years past, OUSCI competitors left the SEMA Show and proceeded to various locations and checkpoints in and around the Las Vegas area.

However, unlike years past, the final destination for the Detroit Speed Road Rally was the Shelby American headquarters near the Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where tours of the facility, food and drinks were provided. Once competitors checked in at Shelby, they were free to move on and either make their way up to Pahrump for the night or head back to their hotel in Las Vegas. For some golden ticket invitees, that meant last-minute adjustments to give themselves the best opportunity to compete on the track the next day.

However, a few competitors bypassed the Detroit Speed Road Rally entirely, forfeiting the points associated with it and disqualifying themselves from competing for the OUSCI title. The OUSCI rules clearly state "all event participants must compete in all segments of the event to qualify for any awards" and citing that rule, the Race Directors moved the competitors who bypassed the Detroit Speed Road Rally portion of the competition to "Exhibition" status. This allows them to participate in all the OUSCI events, but does not allow them to compete for or win any awards, including the title of Ultimate Street Car.

A lot is said about "the spirit of the event" at the OUSCI and while some folks may not consider the Detroit Speed Road Rally to be that big of a deal, it is a huge deal to us. The Detroit Speed Road Rally portion is what distinguishes the OUSCI from so many other events out there that only focus on performance at the track. Without the Detroit Speed Road Rally, there would be no "S" in OUSCI and OPTIMA might as well open the floodgates to any car and driver who wanted to compete.

This is a street car event and while the road rally portion may not seem beyond the capabilities of our competitors, there always seems to be a few cars and drivers who don't make it to the end for a variety of reasons. In past years, the Detroit Speed Road Rally has taken drivers through rain and even snow-covered mountain passes, subjecting the cars to all the normal risks associated with driving on public roads. This could include damaging a one-off, custom wheel on a pothole or having a distracted driver run into a competitor's car, while trying to get a closer look.

It is unfair to all competitors that do subject their vehicles to those risks, to allow others to compete if they have not done the same. OPTIMA encourages competitors to drive their cars both on the track and on the street and it is not in keeping with the spirit of the event to forgo either. If Matt Farah can drive his topless Corvette through a snow storm to compete in the OUSCI in 2011, every other competitor should be able to navigate a few checkpoints in and around Las Vegas.

OPTIMA also films all segments of the OUSCI for future broadcast on MAV TV. It may not negatively impact the way the event is filmed if one or two cars miss any portion of it, but if half the field decided they didn't need to participate in an event, it would create a serious issue.

The Detroit Speed Engineering Road Rally brings an exciting and unique dynamic to the OUSCI and OPTIMA would like to thank everyone at Detroit Speed for sponsoring the Road Rally and being such a great partner in promoting this event!

Competitors who attempted to complete the 2013 Detroit Speed Road Rally include:

DriverCar #Points
Mark Stielow 1967 Camaro0110
Mike Holleman '65 El Camino0210
Matt Alcala 1969 Camaro0310
John Kundrat 1964 Corvette0410
Steve Kepler 2013 GT-R0510
Damion Campbell 1963 LeMans0610
Dennis Prunty '81 Trans Am0710
Ken Edwards 1966 Mustang0910
Larry Woo 1968 Camaro1010
Lynda Jacobs 1966 Chevelle1210
Richard Hoback 2007 M61310
Steve Mott 2003 350Z1410
Chris Moore 1972 Maverick1510
Brian Hobaugh 1965 Corvette1610
Brian Finch 1971 Camaro1710
James Shipka 1967 Camaro1810
Kyle Tucker 2012 Camaro1910
Bret Voelkel 1933 Coupe2010
Danny Popp 2010 Camaro2110
Stacy Tucker 1969 Camaro2210
Tim Katz 1966 Nova2310
Bruce Raymond 2006 GTO2410
Mark Capener 2013 Viper2510
John Lazorack 1988 Conquest2610
Troy Ladd 2014 Mustang2710
Todd Earsley 2003 Lancer2810
Randy Johnson 1973 Camaro2910
Robert Benson 1972 Pantera3010
Chris Smith 1967 C103210
Dave Eckert 1969 Mach 403310
Richard Caleel 2010 CTS-V3410
Lou Krukar 2010 GT5003510
Todd Treffert 2012 SLS3610
David Stundon 2009 Super Snake3710
Josh Smith 1996 320i Touring3810
Matt Adams 1977 Camaro3910
Jason Overell 2013 STi4110
Betim Berisha 2008 997TT4210
Dax Snow 2009 Gallardo4410
William Horan 2010 R84510
Jonathan Ward 1950 Thriftmaster4610
Corey Weber 1969 Mustang4710
Mark German 2013 Focus4910
Alan Palmer 1965 Mustang5010
Ed Moss 1967 Mustang5110
Karl Dunn 1968 Camaro5210
Joe Delgado 1995 Supra5310
Darren Nickleson 1969 GTO5410
Jason Crouch 2012 Golf R5510
Cheryl Herrick 1966 Nova6010
Boris Tilim 2012 Abarth6110
Robert McGaffin 1965 442118
Jonathan Ward 1946 Coupe408
Jim Stancel 2014 SLS432