2014 OUSCI Preview- Jordan Priestley's 2011 Chevrolet Camaro
When the 2013 Ultimate Street Car Association (USCA) schedule was put together, there was a lot of discussion about whether or not to run a third West Coast event. Ultimately, it was decided that if West Coast competitors were going to be competitive in the USCA National points standings, they'd likely need to compete in at least three events to make that happen. As the season played out, that became obvious and several competitors, including Jordan Priestley benefited from being able to participate in that third event in Portland.
It was through that third event, that Priestley's 2011 Chevrolet Camaro was able to compile enough points to elevate Jordan to a top-20 finish during the regular season, earning him an invitation to the 2014 SEMA Show and the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI). However, Jordan hasn't limited his activities during the year to just USCA events. He has also ran at Camaro5Fest, the Sturgis Camaro Rally and several NMCA events. That ends up being a lot of miles for the Sandy, Utah resident, but he doesn't seem bothered by the travel in the least.
"We’ve come home with some big wins and came close to winning the Fontana USCA event," says Priestley. That type of success doesn't happen overnight and Jordan is now in his third year of campaigning the 2011 JDP Motorsports Stage V Camaro SS.
During that time, Jordan and the JDP team have dialed the car in fairly-well, but since receiving an invite to the OUSCI, Jordan tells us they've completely rebuilt the Camaro in preparation for the event. Part of that process includes the installation of an ERL 427 cubic-inch LS3 with a JDP Motorsports heads and cam package, a GM Z28 dry sump oil system, a FAST manifold, Stainless Works headers and exhaust, a Driveshaft Shop one-piece aluminum driveshaft with 1,000-horsepower road race axles, a Detroit Speed Engineering Stage III suspension package with a few JDP chassis items thrown in the mix, Brembo ZL1 brakes with Hawk pads and Goodridge brake lines. The Camaro now rides on Forgeline GA1R 19x11 wheels wrapped in Hankook R-S3 305/30R19 rubber. Inside the cockpit upgrades include Sparco Evo II seats with a Sparco steering wheel and the list goes on…
Priestley's plan is to be amongst the fastest fifth gen Camaros and shoot for a top-five overall finish. He has spent a great amount of time and resources bumping up the Camaro's output to 600 rear-wheel horsepower and 575 lb-ft. of torque, with the car and driver weighing in at 3,750 pounds. It sounds like testing and tuning will continue right up until Jordan leaves for Las Vegas, with the upcoming NMCA event in Fontana on his calendar for next week.
While Priestley has extensive driving experience, he has not been to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway's road course before. Like many of the OUSCI competitors, he will be watching a lot of video on the track and will rely on his years of experience to allow him to come out of the gates in attack mode.
While Priestley is aware of the vast array of fast cars and trucks in this year's field, he believes the overall winner will once again be driving either a Camaro or a Corvette. "I’m just going to go out there and give it everything I have and we’ll see where we end up when the dust settles," says Priestley. "I feel like we have a great shot at being the fastest fifth gen Camaro and running in the top-five overall. You can attend the OUSCI in person, by buying a ticket at the gate or buying online.
Jordan would like to thank his sponsors and supporters including, but not limited to Centerforce Clutches, Detroit Speed Engineering, the Driveshaft Shop, ERL Performance, Forgeline, Graphic Evolution, JDP Motorsports and Young Chevrolet. Priestley tells us these companies have been very supportive and believe he has what it takes to win in Las Vegas. If you'd like to follow the JDP build online, be sure to check out JDP Motorsports on Facebook and the JDP Motorsports blog.