DriveOPTIMA at LVMS 2018 Results & Photos


Las Vegas Motor Speedway hosted the first qualifying event of the year in OPTIMA's 2018 Search for the Ultimate Street Car, presented by Advance Auto Parts. A sold-out field battled over two days for what is often the hardest of invitations to earn to the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI), as only the defending OUSCI champion comes into the event with an invitation.

Podium results are below and as always, full results from each segment and the points chase can be found on the website. You can also see a massive gallery of images below, as well as another massive gallery from this event here.

QA1 GTV Class (pre-1990, 3200+ pounds)
1. Chad Ryker, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Nick Relampagos, 1970 Chevrolet Camaro
3. Efrain Diaz, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

RECARO GTS Class (post-1989, 3200+ pounds, two-seaters & awd vehicles)
1. Austin Barnes, 2010 Dodge Viper
2. Jordan Priestley, 2017 Chevrolet Corvette
3. Brandon Williams, 2009 Nissan GT-R

Holley EFI GTL Class (non-compacts under 3200 pounds)
1. Ken Thwaits, 2006 Mitsubishi Evo
2. Rich Willhoff, 2006 Chevrolet Corvette
3. Duke Langley, 2002 Chevrolet Corvette

GTE Class (BEV electric vehicles)
1. Matthew Scott, 2017 Hyundai Ioniq

GTC Class (two-wheel drive compacts, 107-inch wheelbase or less)
1. Kevin Schultz, 2008 Honda S2000
2. Sammy Valafar, 2004 Mazda Miata
3. Matt Trainham, 2018 Hyundai Veloster

Franklin Road Apparel GT Class (post-1989, 3200+ pounds, 2wd sedans, 4-seater coupes, trucks, etc...)
1. Eric Sheely, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Mike Maier, 2017 Ford Mustang
3. Chad Langley, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro

SPECTRE Performance Spirit of the Event Award: Duke Langley, 2002 Chevrolet Camaro
Participant's Choice: Austin Barnes, 2010 Dodge Viper ACR
Total Cost Involved First Timer: Paul Molina, 2017 Ford Mustang GT350R
Biggest Letdown from Mac's Tie-Downs, the tie-downs that never let you down: Mike DuSold, 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Centerforce Clutch Performance of the Weekend: Efrain Diaz, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro

2018 OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car Schedule

Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 17-19
New Orleans Motorsports Park April 14-15
National Corvette Museum June 2-3
Pike's Peak International Raceway July 7-8
Barber Motorsports Park August 4-5
Auto Club Speedway September 15-16
Road America October 6-7
OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational November 4-5