Optima Ultimate Street Car Qualifying SeriesThe Optima Batteries Ultimate Street Car Qualifying series is the first national event series of its kind, putting street cars of every genre on famous tracks around the country. The events will be nationally televised with the Optima Batteries Search for the Ultimate Street Car thanks to a partnership with MAV TV. MAV TV will create a 13-episode series capturing all the action and take it into the homes of over 30 million people in the U.S. Each participant in the weekend events will have an opportunity to be invited to Las Vegas to participate in the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational (OUSCI) – the crown jewel of street car competitions, and the championship event for this series. OUSCI invitations will be awarded to car and driver pairings with the highest point totals accumulated over each weekend event. Competitors will also have the opportunity to get an invite to OUSCI by capturing one of the coveted “Spirit of the Event” awards at each event. All events will utilize a tried and true competitive pentathlon that includes a road rally sponsored by Detroit Speed, Inc., an autocross sponsored by RideTech, a speed-stop challenge sponsored by Wilwood Disc Brakes, a fast-paced road course competition sponsored by BFGoodrich Tires, and a design/engineering competition sponsored by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
Optima Batteries has formed an alliance with the newly formed Ultimate Street Car Association (USCA) to prioritize safety and generate an exciting platform to have fun driving high-performance street vehicles.
USCA is open to everything from European cars to sport compacts and Pro Touring muscle cars to exotics. The events encourage participants of all skill levels with on-site education and instruction available for new and experienced drivers alike.
Entry into each event, including all five competitive pentathlon segments, will be $500 per entrant ($475 for USCA members). Other event offers include the $50 “Silver” entry, which gives car enthusiasts an opportunity to experience the USCA event as a spectator, enter their car in the Lingenfelter Design & Engineering Challenge and participate in a segment of the Detroit Speed, Inc. Road Rally. Pit passes are also available for $20/person at each event.
For more information, including a list of track dates, rules, and membership information, please visit ultimatestreetcarassociation.com.
2014 Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series ScheduleProMedia Events is proud to announce that the Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series is back for 2014. It is the premier racing series for street-based vehicles powered by Chevrolet’s LS and LSX engines and it takes place at four select events around the U.S. The four-race Chevrolet Performance LSX Challenge Series includes stops in Commerce, Georgia; and Norwalk, Ohio, with the championship again to be decided at the 8th Annual Chevrolet Performance LSX Shootout, held in conjunction with the NMCA World Street Finals in Indianapolis.
The race dates and locations are:
3rd Annual Chevy High Performance (All-GM) Nationals
Atlanta Dragway - Atlanta, Georgia
May 30 - June 1, 2014
8th Annual NMCA Muscle Car Nationals
Summit Motorsports Park - Norwalk, Ohio
August 21-24, 2014
5th Annual Holley LS Fest
Beech Bend Raceway - Bowling Green, Kentucky
September 5-7, 2014
13th Annual Fel-Pro NMCA World Street Finals
Lucas Oil Raceway - Indianapolis, Indiana
October 9-12, 2014
The third event will be the Holley LS Fest, Sept. 5-7, 2014, in Bowling Green, Kentucky, at Beech Bend Raceway. As in the past, LS Fest organizers will allow racers to follow the rules and classes of the LSX Challenge Series, with points and contingency payouts awarded during the event applying to the championship.
Racers competing for the championship must participate in three of the four races, including the LSX Shootout. The results of each race will be tracked throughout the season in NMCA’s Fastest Street Car magazine.
The LSX Challenge Series features six racing classes each season:
JE Pistons Drag Radial
ERL Performance All Motor
Holley EFI Real Street
Proform LSX Rumble
LME 5th Gen Camaro
Gear Vendors True Street
Chevrolet Performance Enhances 2014 NHRA ContingencyIt can pay to run Chevrolet Performance parts in drag racing. Competitors who use parts and display the brand’s decal on their race cars are eligible for contingency payouts in many NHRA classes.
COPO Camaro racers who win in NHRA’s Mellow Yellow Series – in Super Stock and Stock classes – are eligible for $1,500 payout. The runner-up will receive a $1,200 payout, a $450 increase from 2013. New for 2014, Chevrolet Performance will pay ’12- 14 serial-numbered COPO Camaro racers $1,000 for a class win at these three remaining events:
NHRA U.S. Nationals, Aug. 27 – Sept. 1
JEGS Northern SPORTSnationals, Sept. 19-21
JEGS Pacific SPORTSnationals, Oct. 3-5
Contingency awards for ’12- 14 serial-numbered COPO Camaro racers are also available in the NHRA Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series, where the payouts are $1,000 for an overall win and $500 for runner-up. Eligible racers must display Chevrolet Performance’s brand decals, which are available from each of the seven NHRA divisions.
Even racers who don’t drive a COPO Camaro can win contingency money. In the NHRA Mellow Yellow Series, racers are eligible for payouts when using a Chevrolet Performance cylinder block or cylinder heads. Double payouts are possible when running both the block and heads.
In the Pro Stock class, for example, Chevrolet Performance pays $500 for a win and $100 for the runner-up if the racer uses a Chevrolet Performance engine block or cylinder heads. That means a winner can collect $1,000 for a win with an engine using the block and heads.
A similar payout schedule of $300 for a win and $100 for runner-up are available for Sportsman racers running a Chevrolet Performance block or heads—or $600/$200 payout for an engine with both the block and heads—in the following categories:
Racers must display the Chevrolet Performance decal. The previous GM Performance Parts decals are invalid for contingency payouts. Go to nhraracer.com for contingency program details.