OPTIMA's 2015 Search For the Ultimate Street Car After Seven Events


We're now seven events into the nine-event season, known as OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car, presented by Advance Auto Parts. In case you missed our previous recaps on the overall points chase in each of the four classes, you can read up on them here- GTVGTSGTLGT. In this blog, we'll focus on the 15 competitors, who have not yet qualified for for the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI). Those 15 invitations will be awarded to the competitors with the highest point total in each class, who have not yet received an invitation, as well as the next 11 competitors across any of the four classes, based on their season-long points total.

With the completion of the most-recent qualifying event at Pike's Peak International Raceway, we saw no movement at the top of the standings, although that wasn't the case for the "bubble" positions, where several competitors improved their positions, while others dropped back. We do anticipate significant movement in the final two qualifying events, as four KN Filters Spirit of the Event invitations will be handed out across the four classes at Road America and the double-points event at Auto Club Speedway is sure to shake things up. Here's a look at how the 15 point-qualifiers look after seven of nine events:

1.Chris Porter1986 Porsche 948480.6GTV-
2.Chris Neal2014 Chevrolet Corvette444.6GTS-
3.Douglas Wind2004 Dodge SRT4472.8667GTL-
4.Dannie Pinard2013 Chevrolet Camaro407.8533GT-
5.Larry Woo1968 Chevrolet Camaro478.7667GTV-
6.Tony Grzelakowski1970 Chevrolet Chevelle425.4133GTV-
7.Keith Corrigan1968 Chevrolet Camaro405.7467GTV-
8.Chandler Premo2009 BMW M3396.2733GT-
9.Jeremy Stensland2015 Subaru STi385.1333GTS-
10.Martin Pond1980 Mercury Zephyr376.9333GTL-

Last Five In:

11.Casey Woodside2010 Chevrolet Camaro357.533GT-
12.Greg Guerrettaz2011 Chevrolet Camaro356.65GT-
13.Danny Tinch1995 Nissan 240SX342.133GTL-
14.Cliff Elliott2011 Ford Mustang334.1467GT+3
15.Mike Hamrick1966 Ford Mustang326.0033GTV-1

First Five Out:

1.Saroja Raman2010 Ford Mustang323.95GT-1
2.Doug Osborn2013 Chevrolet Corvette321.1267GTSNEW
3.Brad Yonkers2002 Chevrolet Corvette318.9GTS-2
4.Randy Johnson2002 Chevrolet Corvette295.3333GTSNEW
5.Bill Hurd2014 Chevrolet Camaro259.7333GT-1