OPTIMA'S 2020 Search for the Ultimate Street Car- Willow Springs

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OPTIMA's 2020 Search for the Ultimate Street Car series, presented by Advance Auto Parts visited historic Willow Springs for the first-time ever in late-May and competitors were in for hot & windy conditions all weekend long. The West Coast-centric focus on the first half of the schedule also means many of the heavy hitters in the series have yet to put a tire on the track. Instead, they watch with frustration like Darth Maul, waiting behind the Mississippi river to take on Obi Wan Kenobi in an epic showdown.

With two events now under their belts, West Coast competitors have set the bar for those back East and they may raise it even further, as the next event will take place at Pike's Peak International Raceway in mid-July. Were the smaller fields out West less competitive, offering more points to the top contenders, versus the sold-out events back East? Maybe. Will having the final four regular season events located East of the Mississippi make it incredibly daunting for a West Coast competitor to hold onto a points lead, win a regular season championship or earn a spot in Las Vegas without treking Eastward? Perhaps.

We'll follow all the action here, but you can familiarize yourself with all the contenders in the gallery below and every Friday night at 8PM Eastern & Pacific, when OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car series, presented by Advance Auto Parts, airs on MAVTV (channel 214 on DirecTV & 1105 on AT&T Uverse). You can also watch past seasons on-demand free on the OPTIMA Network on Amazon Fire TV.


Classic Car Liquidators GTV Class (pre-1990, 3200+ pounds)
1. CB Ramey, 1987 Chevrolet Corvette
2. Efrain Diaz, 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
3. Eric Sheely, 1972 Chevrolet Corvette


GTS Class (post-1989, 3200+ pounds, two-seaters & awd vehicles)
1. Austin Barnes, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette
2. Bob Sobey, 2013 Nissan GT-R
3. Jordan Priestley, 2017 Chevrolet Corvette


Holley EFI GTL Class (non-compacts under 3200 pounds)
1. Jake Rozelle, 2003 Chevrolet Corvette
2. Robert DeuPree, 2013 Lamborghini Gallardo
3. Carrie Willhoff, 2010 Chevrolet Corvette

GTC Class (two-wheel drive compacts, 107-inch wheelbase or less)
1. Matt Davis, 2004 Pontiac Vibe
2. Steve Wong, 1992 Honda Civic


OPTIMA Chargers GT Class (post-1989, 3200+ pounds, 2wd sedans, 4-seater coupes, trucks, etc...)
1. Jonathan Blevins, 2008 Ford Mustang
2. John Grow, 2018 Chevrolet Camaro
3. Paul Molina, 2017 Ford Mustang


Outlaw Class (relaxed aero rules, pro drivers allowed)
1. David Carroll, 1975 Datsun 280Z
2. Michael Damman, 2009 Chevrolet Corvette
3. Michael Weiss, 2015 BMW M4


Spirit of the Event Award:
Mark Hill, 1967 Mercury Cougar

2020 OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car Schedule
Las Vegas Motor Speedway March 14-15
Willow Springs International Raceway May 29-30
Pike's Peak International Raceway July 11-12
Atlanta Motorsports Park July 25-26
Road America August 14-15
NOLA Motorsports Park September 19-20
NCM Motorsports Park October 10-11
OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational November 7-8