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Welcome to Episode 55 of the Pro-Touring.com Podcast!
For those new to the scene, the Pro-Touring.com podcast show is hosted by myself and Larry Callahan, the owner of Pro-Touring.com.
The show is sponsored by the fantastic hot rod wiring supply company, Ron Francis Wiring, and we’re very appreciative that they were our FIRST EVER show sponsor, and the first sponsor to re-sign for 2013!
FM3 announces a new sanctioning body called “Ultimate Streetcar Association”
On Thursday at SEMA and more in depth the Pro-Touring.com dinner FM3 Performance marketing announces 10 new events for 2014 with the final event being OUSCI after SEMA. Stay tuned for a podcast interview with Jimi day soon. Until then you can find more info at ultimatestreetcarassociation.com. You can sign up there to be kept up to date on the latest happenings when it becomes available.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Texas Motor Speedway
Daytona International Speedway
Auto Club Speedway
Gateway Motorsports Park
Portland International Raceway
Michigan International Speedway
Sebring International Raceway
Pittsburgh International Race Complex
OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational
2013 OUSCI Recap!
The Sixth Annual OPTIMA® Ultimate Street Car Invitational, presented by Royal Purple Synthetic Oil and K&N Filters, successfully hosted a full field of 58 participants driving the world’s best street vehicles, in front of the largest spectator crowd the event has ever seen.
A day full of amazing vehicle performances, impressive lap times and surprising finishes made for the most memorable display of competition in OPTIMA Invitational franchise history.
Ultimately, Brian Hobaugh was crowned the overall winner, driving his 1965 Corvette to top finishes in the Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross as well as the Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge. The competition was very close, with defending champion, Mark Stielow driving a 1967 Camaro and former OUSCI Champion, Danny Popp piloting his 2010 Camaro, built by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
The 2013 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational top 10 overall finishers are listed below. The individual event results and complete scores for all participants can be found on the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational website at http://www.optimainvitational.com.
Top Ten Overall Finishers
Brian Hobaugh, 1965 Corvette
Mark Stielow, 1967 Camaro
Danny Popp, 2010 Camaro
Brian Finch, 1971 Camaro
Karl Dunn, 1968 Camaro
Todd Earsley, 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII
Steve Kepler, 2013 Nissan GT-R
Kyle Tucker, 2012 Camaro
Bret Voelkel, 1933 Ford Coupe
Larry Woo, 1968 Camaro
2013 GoodGuys Shootout Recap!
From Good Guys own Ed Capen:
Friday was an exciting day at the Goodguys Autocross Finals Shootout. Ten finalists attempted to race their way in on Friday, with the following four making the Saturday race:
The Saturday event was a 5 round shootout! Times for rounds 3-5 are below:
Round 3 Time
Mike Maier 67.53
Danny Popp 66.349
Mary Pozzi 68.564
Jim Mckamey 65.713
Bret Voelkel 68.082
Brian Hobaugh 65.956
Round 4 Time
Danny Popp 64.669
Jim Mckamey 68.278
Brian Hobaugh – bye
Round 5 Time
Danny Popp 64.914
Brian Hobaugh 66.362
Congrats to our friend Danny Popp who drove his ’72 Corvette to an Autocross win at the Goodguys event in Scottsdale, AZ, yesterday. Not only did he defeat last week’s OUSCI champion, Brian Hobaugh, but he also earned the title of 2013 Goodguys Autocross Champion of the Year!
All of us at Goodguys would like to salute and congratulate “Rockin'” Rob MacGregor of No Limit Engineering on winning the Goodguys Autocross PRO class season championship! Rob toured the country all year racing his stout ’69 C-10 pickup and earned every ounce of this championship!
Be On The Show!
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