Photos by Tony Huntimer
We’re gearing up for another great racing season and topping our list of must-see events for 2012 is the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI). We had such a great time at this event last year after the annual SEMA Show and hope to make it out to the Nevada desert to experience the heat (in more than one way) once again in 2012.
Although the event isn’t until November, we’re not the only ones anxiously awaiting the test of the best already, however. In fact, pro-touring fans all over the country are gearing up for the OUSCI since Optima Batteries just released the list of qualifying events for the ultimate competition.
Headed into its fifth year, the OUSCI is the most anticipated, all-encompassing pro-touring challenge in the U.S. With stakes in autocross, road course racing, braking and accelerating tests, road rally participation, and a style and design contest, OUSCI provides the ultimate challenge for any racer, no matter how experienced.
This year, pro-touring drivers can qualify for the OUSCI at nine different events.
The list kicks off with the Run to the Alamo event on February 17th through the 19th put on by the American Street Car Series in San Marcos, Texas. The Run to the Coast event in Irvine, California held March 9th through the 11th provides the next opportunity to qualify, followed by The Optima Face Off at Hot Rod Power Tour June 9th in Arlington, Texas, and The Optima Face Off at Road America June 22nd through the 24th in Elkhart, Wisconsin.
The summer heats up with another qualifying event July 13th through the 15th at the Motorstate Challenge in South Haven, Michigan, followed by The OPTIMA Faceoff at MPH Nebraska/ Sandhills Open Road Challenge in Hastings, Nebraska August 8th through the 12th.
The last chances of qualifying for the OUSCI come in September, starting the 7th through the 9th at the Bowling Green, Kentucky LSFest. You can also qualify at the Silver State Classic Challenge September 12th through the 16th in Ely, Nevada, or at the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio from September 21st through the 23rd.
So if you’re like us and can’t wait for the OUSCI this year, be sure to check out any of the qualifying events for your chance to guarantee a participation spot. Hopefully we’ll see you in the desert come November!