2012 American Street Car Series Final Event

El Toro Assault

Jake Amatisto Sep 5, 2013 0 Comment(s)
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The American Street Car Series Return to the Coast (RTTC) event has been the West Coast staple for corner carving, and each time we attend we are thoroughly impressed by the group of masterly crafted street machines in contention. Last year’s RTTC hosted some of the most agile-looking muscle cars we’ve seen in one place, and guess what, they were mostly Chevys.

Held at the decommissioned El Toro Air base in Irvine, California, this event is an ideal destination for muscle car hot shoes who want to prove they have the mettle and skill to outdrive the competition. Braking, horsepower, and your ability to have control of your vehicle are all tested in three stages that are set up by the ASCS: an autocross course, a speed-stop challenge, and a high-speed road course.

Basic rules require tires with a 200 treadwear rating, helmets are used at all times, and clipped cones grant a time penalty. Each driver is awarded points for placement in these three categories, and randomized head-to-head shootouts are held at the end of the event to determine a “King of the Hill”. If you like old Chevys that have been modified to handle like legendary sports cars, read on.

Road Course Top 15
Position Driver Vehicle Best Lap
1 Rob MacGregor 1969 Chevy C10 1:43.919
2 Karl Dunn 1968 Chevy Camaro 1:44.947
3 Karl Dunn 2007 Ford Mustang 1:45.800
4 Chris McCrea 1969 Ford Mustang 1:48.414
5 Tom Kamman 2013 Ford Mustang 1:48.500
6 Scott Call 1967 Ford F-100 1:48.657
7 Keith Smith 1971 Chevy Camaro 1:48.900
8 Don Gonzales 2010 Chevy Camaro 1:49.522
9 Kyle Newman 1955 Chevy 210 1:49.600
10 Jimi Day 1969 AMC AMX 1:49.624
11 Nick Licata 2004 Chevy Camaro 1:50.200
12 Gerald Lum 1971 Chevy Camaro 1:50.200
13 Mike Hickman 1969 Chevy C10 1:50.518
14 Rodney Prouty 1968Chevy Camaro 1:51.281
15 Dannie Pinard 2010 Chevy Camaro 1:51.629

Autocross Top 15 (Saturday)
Position Driver Vehicle Best Lap
1 Karl Dunn 1968 Chevy Camaro 49.879
2 Rob MacGregor 1969 Chevy C10 49.901
3 Nick Licata 2004 Chevy Camaro 50.968
4 Karl Dunn 2007 Ford Mustang 51.191
5 Kyle Newman 1955 Chevy 210 51.355
6 Sal Solorzano 1968 Chevy Camaro 51.619
7 Chris Gonzales 190 Pontiac Trans Am 51.625
8 Tom Kamman ’202 Ford Mustang 51.638
9 Keith Smith 1971 Chevy Camaro 52.228
10 Gerald Lum 1971 Chevy Camaro 52.305
11 Don Gonzales 2010 Chevy Camaro 52.400
12 Scott Call 1967 Ford F100 52.661
13 Rodney Prouty 1968 Chevy Camaro 52.800
14 Steven Rupp 1967 Chevy Camaro 52.974
15 Henry De Los Santos 2002 Chevy Corvette 53.156

Autocross Top 15 (Sunday)
Position Driver Car Total
1 Karl Dunn 1968 Chevy Camaro 49.522
2 Rob MacGregor 1969 Chevy C10 49.552
3 Gerald Lum 1971 Chevy Camaro 50.156
4 Rodney Prouty 1968 Chevy Camaro 50.946
5 Chris Gonzales 1970 Pontiac Trans Am 51.193
6 Nick Licata 2004 Chevy Camaro 51.235
7 Chris McCrea 1969 Chevy Camaro 51.635
8 Scott Call 1967 Ford F-100 51.833
9 Don Gonzales 2010 Chevy Camaro 51.999
10 Kyle Newman 1955 Chevy 210 52.024
11 Rod Chandler 1968 Chevy Camaro 52.028
12 Keith Smith 1971 Chevy Camaro 52.049
13 Dannie Pinard 2010 Chevy Camaro 52.247
14 Jimi Day 1969 AMC AMX 52.346
15 Mike Hickman 1968 Chevy C10 52.704

We’ve tested a lot of sneakers over the years and for this outing, we tried out Falken’s latest Azenis RT-615K tires. This is a motorsports-inspired tire with a 200 treadwear rating, making it perfectly legal for the American Street Car Series. Technically speaking, the Azenis RT-615K features an 8/32-tread design with a solid center rib that offers plenty of traction in both dry and wet conditions. A tire of this nature certainly sounds good on paper, but obviously, it’s the real-world evaluations that’ll dictate how popular the tire is. Frankly, Falken did their homework and produced one impressive DOT-approved track tire. From a performance standpoint, the RT-615Ks are phenomenal. They’re very predictable—just point them in the direction you want to go, stab the throttle, and enjoy the ride. How are they on the street? Let’s just say they’re extremely quiet; those who are sensitive to noise will appreciate this quality. From all aspects of traction to lateral grip and stopping, this is a fantastic tire that truly delivers as promised. —Henry D.

Falken Azenis Rt 615k 11/23

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