The OPTIMA Invitational has regional qualifying events to increase diversity among vehicles, drivers and enthusiasts. These qualifiers will also help uncover talented vehicle builders and owners with the hottest street machines in the country for this year’s fourth annual OPTIMA Invitational. OPTIMA held qualifying events in 2011 and the first seven were:
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•Run to the Coast: February 26-27, 2011
•Run to the Shore: April 1-3, 2011
•Run to Music City: May 28-29, 2011
•Motor State Challenge: June 17-19, 2011
•Heidts Performance Car Challenge – Midwest: July 15-17, 2011
•Holley LSFest II: September 9-11, 2011
•Run Through the Hills: September 23-25, 2011
The show is brought to TV on Speed and hosted by automotive enthusiast and larger-than-life personality Bill Goldberg and regular SPEED contributor and automotive racing reporter, Jamie Howe, is to give viewers the feeling that they are there on the track, living in the moment with the participants as they tweak, drive and will their cars to peak performance in pursuit of the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car title.
“This event is all about giving people a look at what these cars can really do when they are pulled off the show floor and put on the track to compete,” said Cam Douglass director of product development and marketing for OPTIMA Batteries
The OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, presented by K&N Filters and Wilwood Disc Brakes, occurs the first weekend in November (that was today) immediately following the SEMA Show, and has become a highly anticipated, international event among industry enthusiasts, manufacturers and media. The Invitational brings in some of the top automotive talent and highly-modified vehicles, credible racing veterans and fresh talent with undiscovered street machines.
The Invitational takes place at Spring Mountain Motor Ranch, a state-of-the-art racing facility in Pahrump, Nevada. The track is located just 45 minutes west of downtown Las Vegas
Here is Dan and his road runner in late 2008, that's my yellow R/T in back