DriveOPTIMA at Road America 2018 Photos & Results


Seven stops made up OPTIMA's 2018 Search for the Ultimate Street Car, presented by Advance Auto Parts, with the final location being OPTIMA's home track of Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. A sold-out field converged on this world-class racetrack on a cold weekend in early-October to find out who the final invitees would be to the 2018 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) in Las Vegas. The rain held off for Saturday, but Sunday was a different story. However, these events run rain or shine and there were point battles to be decided.

By the end of the weekend, the series crowned champions in six different classes, in addition to those who won their classes at Road America. Invitations were also handed out. Class champions who repeated included Austin Barnes' 2010 Dodge Viper in the RECARO GTS Class and Matthew Scott's 2017 Hyundia Ioniq in the GTE Class. First-time class winners included Dusty Nixon's 1979 Camaro in the QA1 GTV Class, Mike DuSold's 1967 Camaro in the Holley EFI GTL Class, Brian Johns' 1993 Mazda RX-7 in the GTC Class and Eric Sheely's 2018 Camaro in the Franklin Road Apparel GT Class.

Individual class winners at Road America are listed below, as well as a full gallery of images from this event. Learn more about the series at and watch TV coverage every weekend on MAVTV (Channel 214 on DirecTV & 1105 on AT&T Uverse), starting Friday nights at 8PM Eastern and Pacific.

QA1 GTV Class (pre-1990, 3200+ pounds)

1. Kyle Tucker, 1987 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Larry Woo, 1968 Chevrolet Camaro
3. Dusty Nixon, 1979 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. Michael Levitas, 2014 Porsche 911

Holley EFI GTL Class (non-compacts under 3200 pounds)

1. Ryan Mathews, 2002 Chevrolet Corvette
2. Feras Qartoumy, 2008 Chevrolet Corvette
3. Chris Jacobs, 2001 Chevrolet Corvette

GTE Class (BEV electric vehicles)

1. Karen Thomas, 2018 Tesla X P100D

GTC Class (two-wheel drive compacts, 107-inch wheelbase or less)

1. Brian Johns, 1993 Mazda RX-7
2. Angela Barnhouse, 2005 Honda S2000
3. Anthony Cuthbert, 2017 Honda Civic

Franklin Road Apparel GT Class (post-1989, 3200+ pounds, 2wd sedans, 4-seater coupes, trucks, etc...)

1. Eric Sheely, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro
2. Jonathan Blevins, 2008 Mustang
3. Tony Scalici, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro

Spectre Performance Spirit of the Event Award:

Nick Kistler, 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle
Nick Schultz, 2009 Nissan 370Z