Drag Racing in Traffic

OPTIMA Batteries
Glendale, WI

We love motorsports of all disciplines, especially when they are thrown together. That's exactly what happens at the beginning of every World Challenge Championship sports car race. All of these races take place on road courses, but they all begin with a standing start, which means 40+ competitors are packed in next to each other like sardines and drag race each other into the first turn.

If it sounds like a hairy way to start a race, it is! World Challenge is the only North American sports car series that uses this format for starting a race and we thought it was such a cool concept, that we decided to sponsor it! 

Here’s a review of the drivers that took home the OPTIMA Batteries Best Standing Start Award throughout the 2010 season:
St. Petersburg:
Round 1: Alexander Lvov, No. 9 Honda GMS Honda Civic Si
Round 2: Dan Gardner, No. 36 DG-Spec/Scion/TRD/Lepper Associates Scion tC
Long Beach:
Round 3: Jason Daskalos, No. 5 Daskalos Developments Dodge Viper
Mosport International Raceway:
Round 4: Tony Rivera, No. 97 Nissan/Brass Monkey Racing Nissan GT-R
Round 5: Tony Rivera, No. 97 Nissan/Brass Monkey Racing Nissan GT-R
Watkins Glen International:
Round 6: Alex Ratcliffe, No.  62 Brimtek/LabRescue.org Lexus IS300
Round 7: James Sofronas, No. 14 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course:
Round 8: Eric Meyer, No. 32 XOWii/Samaratin’s Feet/Delvira Mazda RX-8
Round 9: Dan Gardner, No. 36 DG Spec/Scion/TRD/Lepper Associates Scion tC
VIRginia International Raceway:
Round 10: Robb Holland, No. 22 3Zero3 Motorsports/Track Pro/Emich VW Volkswagen GTI
Round 11: Don Istook, No. 01 Revo Technik/Carbotech Volkswagen GTI
Miller Motorsports Park:
Round 12: Robert Stout, No. 18 DG-Spec/Scion/TRD/Lucas Oil Scion tC

Congratulations to all competitors and we look forward to seeing you in 2011!