Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge: Fontana 2015

HOT HOT HOT! This event was hot in every way, but mostly in the literal term. Temperatures soared well over 100 degrees, then add in acres of black top and fire breathing engines and you have a sweat-tastic event. Even with the heat, everybody was smiling and pushing their cars to the limits all weekend long. A little heat wasn’t scaring anybody away from the last Optima Ultimate Street Car Challenge event before SEMA!

Chad Ryker's Red Hot Camaro!

Chad Ryker’s red hot Camaro!

Bright and early Saturday morning the event started, and it was still hot then. On Saturday the events comprised of the Detroit Speed Autocross, Lingenfelter Design and Engineering Challenge, and the Wilwood Brakes Speed Stop Challenge with the Road Rally finishing off the day. By the end of the day, each car has been beaten, pushed to it’s limits and inspected to make sure it’s all up to par in all aspects of the car.

The competition was stacked to the hills this weekend, with many of the best in the business here competing. This event was the last chance qualifier before the Invitational at SEMA just a few weeks away. On top of that, this event was double points, something that nobody seemed to want to miss out on. Just like all the other events, the range of cars was huge, from your ’69 Camaros’ to a Dodge Neon and everything else thrown in between. The boys from Roadkill were even out in their latest contraption, an old Mazda truck with an Oldsmobile motor and trans-axle.

Bret pitching it sideways a bit!

Bret Voelkel pitching it sideways a bit!

The Detroit Speed Autocross was where a lot of action was, a driver favorite. The course was good in size, but with lots of tight turns which helped some of the lower horsepower drivers out. The absolute fastest lap time was in the GTL class, with Steve Abbott running a blazing 44.973 second run in his 2004 Corvette Z06.

Tony G. all the way from Michigan was out kicking ass all weekend in his '70 Chevelle!

Tony G. all the way from Michigan was out kicking ass all weekend in his ’70 Chevelle!

With the extreme heat, the track was slick and traction was a hot commodity that everybody was after. In between runs most had their hoods up and were spraying down their tires in a frugal attempt at cooling them off a few degrees before heading back for more action.

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The Speed Stop Challenge was seeing lots of tire screeching action as well, from trying to gain traction on the start line and maintain that traction through-out the course and most importantly, while braking. The Speed Stop is a neat event because it really is a true test of every aspect of the car – you have the power of horsepower and drag racing abilities with the launch, the handling ability of the suspension going around the corner and slalom, and the braking abilities by landing the car safely inside the stop box.

The Lingenfelter Design and Engineering Challenge was underway all day as well, where Mike Copeland and his team were inspecting the cars. They are checking things like modifications, safety, changes to the car, and overall design of the vehicle. They want to make sure that the vehicle is street worthy and race ready.

Waiting to get judged!

Waiting to get judged!

After all the racing action slowed down, everybody hopped in an went on the Road Rally. This challenge is simple, a drive through the streets of Southern California to prove the cars are roadworthy and indeed, street legal. But the points from this challenge count and are just as important as all the other challenges too.

Sunday brought about the Falken Tire Hot Lap Challenge, the main event! This is where the racers are able to really push their cars to the limit on the road course, hitting triple digit speeds and seeing what the point of no-return is with traction.

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Even though the road course is purely a time-based event, there was plenty of racing between competitors at the event as well. We saw a C6 Corvette and Nissan GTR trading spots on the track in an intense battle all session long.

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Unfortunately, due to the strict safety measures we weren’t able to get a lot of pictures from Sunday’s racing. Hopefully next year the officials will have better viewing spots for spectators and we can get some up-close shots for you!

To see all the event times and results, click here on the Drive USCA site. For overall standings from the event, scroll down. And as always, be sure to check out the massive gallery below!

GTV

Registrant (38) Car # Road Rally Design Hot Lap Autocross Speed Stop Score Rank
Kyle Tucker
1970 Chevy Camaro
39 50 40.4000 44 44 50 228.4000 1
Mike Maier
1966 Ford Mustang
35 50 40.4667 40 40 32 202.4667 2
Jake Rozelle
1969 Chevy Camaro
33 50 41.0000 50 32 28 201.0000 3
Mary Pozzi
1973 Chevrolet Camaro RS
87 50 39.9333 14.72 50 44 198.6533 4
Larry Woo
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
89 50 40.7333 36 30 36 192.7333 5
Chris Smith
1972 Chevy Corvette
88 50 40.0000 30 28 40 188.0000 6
James Shipka
1967 Chevrolet Camaro
41 50 40.0000 32 36 26 184.0000 7
Matt Alcala
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
94 50 40.4667 26 26 30 172.4667 8
Chad Ryker
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
77 50 38.8667 24 22 22 156.8667 9
Chris Porter
1986 PoorVette 948
98 50 37.9333 28 15.96 24 155.8933 10
Keith Smith
1971 Chevy Camaro
105 50 32.2667 18 24 17.6 141.8667 11
Tony Grzelakowski
1970 Chevrolet Chevelle
101 50 38.4667 17.6 17.18 18 141.2467 12
Sal Solorzano
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
100 50 37.6000 17.18 16.36 17.18 138.3200 13
Kyle Newman
1957 Chevy 210 Wagon
30 50 37.0667 16.78 18 15.96 137.8067 14
Ceasar Martinez
1966 Ford Mustang
74 50 40.2667 16.36 16.78 14.32 137.7267 15
Bret Voelkel
1969 Ford Mustang
48 50 38.4667 15.96 15.54 16.36 136.3267 16
Efrain Diaz
1969 Chevrolet Camaro
42 50 38.8667 14.32 14.32 16.78 134.2867 17
Carl Casanova
1968 Chevy Camaro
43 50 39.4667 15.54 12.26 15.54 132.8067 18
Valerie Pichette
1988 Pontiac GTA
32 50 39.2000 12.26 13.9 13.08 128.4400 19
James Crosby
1956 Chevy Bel Air
26 50 37.5333 12.68 13.5 11.86 125.5733 20
Tom Kamman
1967 Plymouth Valiant
28 50 30.8667 15.14 17.6 11.04 124.6467 21
Brandy Phillips
1972 Chevrolet C10R
96 50 35.4667 11.86 14.72 11.44 123.4867 22
John McKissack
1966 ford fairlane 500xl
14 50 26.0000 22 11.86 13.5 123.3600 23
Steve Keefer
1967 Chevy Camaro
57 50 43.8667 0 9.8 12.68 116.3467 24
Nick Relampagos
1970 Chevy Camaro
82 50 26.9333 13.5 11.44 13.9 115.7733 25
Jason Anthony
1967 Ford Fastback Mustang
84 50 31.2000 11.04 11.04 12.26 115.5400 26
Ryon Chandler
1968 Chevrolet Camaro
56 50 37.8000 0 10.62 15.14 113.5600 27
Richard Trujillo
1969 Ford Mustang
52 0 31.1333 13.9 15.14 14.72 74.8933 28
Arlo Karikomi
1965 Chevrolet El Camino
61 50 0.0000 0 10.22 9.8 70.0200 29
Jesse Siordia
1966 Chevrolet Chevelle SS
97 0 38.5333 10.62 9.4 9.4 67.9533 30
Brandon Harris
1974 Chevrolet camaro
69 0 16.1333 13.08 12.68 10.62 52.5133 31
Kimmo Nevalainen
1965 Chevrolet Corvette
29 0 39.2000 11.44 0 0 50.6400 32
Charles Davis
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
107 0 0.0000 0 13.08 10.22 23.3000 33
Shane Rawlins
1969 Chevy Camaro
106 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 34
XMike XFinnegan
1974 Mazda REPU
9999 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 35
Alexis Piantieri
1966 Dodge Coronet
22 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 36
Michael Hamrick
1966 Ford Mustang
59 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 37
Kevin Reidy
1965 Chevrolet Chevelle
91 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 38

GTS

Registrant (13) Car # Road Rally Design Hot Lap Autocross Speed Stop Score Rank
Hugh Bate
2013 Nissan GTR
81 50 34.8000 44 36 50 214.8000 1
Todd Rumpke
2006 Chevrolet Z06 Corvette
63 50 38.2000 50 44 26 208.2000 2
Carrie Willhoff
2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
49 50 34.3333 40 40 40 204.3333 3
Ryan Volk
2014 Nissan GTR
53 50 36.6667 36 24 44 190.6667 4
Mike Ryan
1997 Chevy Corvette
95 50 35.0000 32 32 32 181.0000 5
Gregg Blundell
2002 Chevy Corvette
80 50 37.6667 30 30 30 177.6667 6
Ron Myers
2002 Chevrolet Corvette
79 50 28.8000 28 26 28 160.8000 7
Bob Denny
2008 VW R32
62 50 39.4667 24 18 22 153.4667 8
Kanan Gubins
2006 Chevy Corvette Z06
27 50 36.4000 0 22 18 126.4000 9
Brian Hobaugh
2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
25 0 37.1333 0 50 36 123.1333 10
Ryan Thacker
2008 Chevrolet Corvette
72 0 35.8000 26 28 24 113.8000 11
jonathan chu
2014 nissan GTR
38 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 12
Rick Hoback
1999 Chevrolet Corvette TT
55 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 13

GTL

Registrant (19) Car # Road Rally Design Hot Lap Autocross Speed Stop Score Rank
Rich Willhoff
2006 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
47 50 30.2667 50 44 50 224.2667 1
David Carroll
1975 Datsun 280z
16 50 38.7333 32 40 44 204.7333 2
John Lazorack III
1988 Chrysler Conquest Tsi
92 50 39.8000 44 36 32 201.8000 3
Karl Dunn
2002 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
17 50 37.6000 36 32 36 191.6000 4
Douglas Wind
2004 Dodge SRT4
78 50 38.5333 40 26 24 178.5333 5
Cris Gonzalez
1970 Chevrolet Corvette
45 50 37.4667 28 28 28 171.4667 6
Martin Pond
1980 Mercury Zephyr
2 50 38.0000 26 17.6 26 157.6000 7
Jane Thurmond
1964 Chevrolet Corvette
83 50 39.9333 17.18 16.78 22 145.8933 8
Alcino Azevedo
1976 Ford Mustang Cobra
36 50 34.8667 17.6 22 18 142.4667 9
Gregg Biddlingmeier
1988 Ford Mustang
24 50 37.4667 18 17.18 17.6 140.2467 10
Randall Pond
1966 Shelby Mustang
12 50 30.0000 22 16.36 16.78 135.1400 11
Bob Boileau
1966 Datsun 520 Truck
67 50 20.0000 24 24 15.96 133.9600 12
Joe Escobar
1974 Ford Pinto
20 40 38.1333 16.78 15.96 16.36 127.2333 13
Joey Seely
1985 Porsche 911
104 0 32.1333 30 30 30 122.1333 14
Ian Sakurai
1966 Ford Mustang
60 50 35.7333 0 18 17.18 120.9133 15
Steve Abbott
2004 Chevrolet Corvette Z06
99 0 0.0000 0 50 40 90.0000 16
Tony Kirouac
1973 Chevrolet Camaro
50 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 17
Kenneth Allan Mitchell
1989 Chevrolet Corvette
40 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 18
Casey Cronin
1972 Chevrolet Corvette
51 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 19

GT

Registrant (30) Car # Road Rally Design Hot Lap Autocross Speed Stop Score Rank
Cody Mason
2015 Chevrolet Camaro Z/28
11 50 38.6667 50 50 40 228.6667 1
Bryan Johnson
2013 Chevrolet Camaro
71 50 38.0667 44 44 50 226.0667 2
Jordan Priestley
2011 Chevrolet Camaro SS/RS
86 50 38.3333 36 36 44 204.3333 3
Danny Popp
2010 Chevrolet Camaro
10 50 39.6667 40 32 36 197.6667 4
Andrew Nier
2012 Ford Mustang GT
15 50 37.4000 30 17.18 28 162.5800 5
Don Gonzales
2010 Chevy Camaro SS
64 50 36.0000 22 30 24 162.0000 6
Greg Nelson
2014 Chevrolet Camaro
76 50 35.8000 18 40 17.18 160.9800 7
Jason Chinn
2015 Chevy Camaro
85 50 34.2000 26 18 32 160.2000 8
Kurt Robinson
2015 Chevrolet Camaro
66 50 35.6000 32 24 18 159.6000 9
Cliff Elliott
2011 Ford Mustang
21 50 37.4000 24 15.96 30 157.3600 10
Dannie Pinard
2013 Chevy Camaro
34 50 37.3333 16.78 22 26 152.1133 11
Rick Andrade
2010 Chevrolet Camaro
68 50 37.8000 28 15.14 15.54 146.4800 12
chuck terry
2010 Chevy Camaro
70 50 36.4667 15.54 16.78 22 140.7867 13
Keith Jurcazak
2013 Chevrolet Camaro
90 50 37.0000 17.18 16.36 17.6 138.1400 14
Justin Goen
1995 Infiniti Q45
58 50 34.6667 17.6 17.6 16.78 136.6467 15
Robert Byrd
2010 Chevy Camaro
54 50 35.8000 16.36 15.54 15.96 133.6600 16
Daniel Lewis
2014 Dodge Challenger
102 50 37.9333 14.72 13.9 14.32 130.8733 17
Trish Byrd
2011 Chevrolet Camaro
46 50 36.9333 13.9 14.72 13.9 129.4533 18
Craig Hardee
2015 Chevrolet Z28
73 50 34.4000 15.96 13.5 14.72 128.5800 19
Dean Long
2010 Chevy Camaro
93 50 34.2000 14.32 14.32 15.14 127.9800 20
Ronald Alpert
2014 ford mustang gt
19 50 33.7333 15.14 12.68 13.08 124.6333 21
Frank Farace
1994 chevy c1500
110 0 34.1333 0 28 13.5 75.6333 22
Mike Finnegan
1974 Mazda REPU
103 0 30.2000 13.5 13.08 0 56.7800 23
Will Flores
2013 Chevy Camaro 1LE
65 0 0.0000 0 26 16.36 42.3600 24
Zachary Quinones
2002 Ford Mustang GT
37 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 25
darren reed
2014 chevrolet camaro ss 1le
23 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 26
Ken Thwaits
2014 Chevrolet Camaro
108 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 27
Chandler Premo
2009 BMW E92 M3
75 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 28
Martha Gregory
2002 Chevrolet Camaro SS
18 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 29
Mike Gallagher
2009 Cadillac CTS-V
44 0 0.0000 0 0 0 0.0000 30