June, 22, 2012 was an interesting day at Road America in Elkhart, Wisconsin. Thirty-eight participants gathered at this year’s Optima Faceoff Challenge, presented by Royal Purple, to battle it out to see who would become the finalists for the 2012 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational. The festivities kicked-off in a laid-back manner on Friday with a car show and the Optima Build-A-Bike charitable event that benefits children from the Milwaukee area Boys & Girls Club and YMCA.
Things got a little more interesting the following day, however, with participants voting for their favorite car in the Lingenfelter Performance Design Challenge followed by a 60-mile jaunt through Wisconsin’s Kettle Moraine State Park to the Detroit Speed/JRI Shocks Road Rally at Road America. Upon arrival, show-goers had an opportunity to watch professional drivers test the track during the NASCAR Nationwide race.
Wrapping up the the show on Sunday consisted of participants challenging their skills during the BFGoodrich Hot Lap Challenge, which was dominated by Danny Popp and his 2010 Lingenfelter-tuned Camaro SS. Taking home the Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge trophy and representing one of the few imports in attendance was Darren Draves with his 2005 Porsche Carrera GT. A first-year Camaro was represented well with Britt Marlof coming in 1st place with his ’67 in the Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross.
Winning the coveted “Spirit of the Event” award and an invite to the Optima Invitational was Pedro Gonzales, 1979 Trans Am; Herb Stuart, 1967 Cougar; Brian Davis, 1999 Trans Am, and Matt Jamojedny with a 2003 BMW M3, putting the myth to bed that this is an all-American car event. Below we’ve attached the results of the event by category so you can see how they break down. We’ll keep you updated on the results of the Invitational at a later date.