DriveOPTIMA at Atlanta Motorsports Park 2021 Album One

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SponsorAdvance Auto Parts
LocationDawsonville, Georgia
DateJune 29, 2021
It's that time of year again, where we are past the midway point in OPTIMA's 2021 Search for the Ultimate Street Car, presented by Advance Auto Parts and folks are wondering if they will have enough points to earn an invitation to the SEMA Show and the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational. Bangshift.com has a story that goes pretty deep into the weeds, so it's not worth repeating here, but we will share with you the potential list of projected at-large invitees (and you should take note that the bold print reminds us all these are only estimated projections at this point)

1,266 points, Andy Voelkel, 2020 Corvette GTS
1,254 points, Ray Ellsworth, 2008 Viper GTS
1,236 points, Michael Ellison, 2017 Mustang GT
1,233 points, Jesse Shaffer, 2015 SS GT
1,222 points, Dennis Healy, 2015 Mustang GT

Last Five In:

1,219 points, August Falkner, 2021 Camaro GT
1,205 points, Austin Keys, 2002 WRX GTS
1,189 points, Danny Weller, 2017 Camaro GT
1,185 points, Bill Haynie, 2013 Ford Mustang GT
1,178 points, Bret Voelkel, 2020 Corvette GTS

First Five Out:

1,159 points, Koda Atwood, 2018 Camaro GT
1,157 points, Robert Britton, 1965 Mustang GTV
1,155 points, Carl Roeger, 1968 El Camino GTV
1,155 points, Vernon Jolley, 2019 Corvette GTS
1,143 points, Andrew Scott, 1987 Grand National GTV

This list is current as of the most-recent event at Atlanta Motorsports Park and you can see a massive gallery of images from that event below. The top finishers at DriveOPTIMA at Atlanta Motorsports Park 2021 are as follows:

GT Class (post-1989, 3,200+ pounds, 2wd sedans, 4-seater coupes, trucks, etc...)
1. Jonathan Blevins, 2008 Ford Mustang
2. Kong Chang, 2017 Ford Mustang
3. James Thomas, 2016 Ford Mustang


Classic Car Liquidators GTV Class (pre-1990, 3200+ pounds)
1. Chris Smith, 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Cody Puckett, 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
3. Wayne Atkins, 1985 Chevrolet Camaro


GTS Class (post-1989, 3200+ pounds, two-seaters & awd vehicles)
1. Ryan Mathews, 2002 Chevrolet Corvette
2. Richard Forsythe, 2008 Chevrolet Corvette
3. Andy Voelkel, 2020 Chevrolet Corvette

Holley EFI GTL Class (non-compacts under 3200 pounds)
1. Jacob Fisher, 1985 Porsche 944
2. Danny King, 2019 Porsche GT3RS
3. Troy de la Houssaye, 2021 Audi TT RS

No Limit Engineering GTT Class (Trucks & SUVs over 3200 pounds)
1. Preston Folkestad, 1984 Chevrolet C10
2. Nate McKeever, 2007 Jeep Grand Cherokee
3. Henry Crawn, 1968 Ford F100

GTC Class (two-wheel drive compacts, 107-inch wheelbase or less)
1. Brian Johns, 1993 Mazda RX-7
2. John Laughlin, 2007 Honda S2000
3. Doug Wind, 2004 Dodge SRT-4

Outlaw Class (relaxed aero rules, pro drivers allowed)
1. Anthony Palladino, 1969 Datsun Sports 2000
2. David Owens, 2014 Chevrolet Camaro

Summit Racing Spirit of the Event Award:
Chris Rhinehart, 1972 Chevrolet Nova