As the Ultimate Street Car season comes to its pinnacle competitors and manufactures scramble for supremacy at Fontana. The opportunity to say that you are the best comes around once a year, however this opportunity is made from multiple large and small investments throughout the year’s long days and nights. People and companies putting their faith in one another to give each the upper hand over the competitors. Some teams are made from pure selfishness and the pure desire to win and other teams have been forged in the pursuit to create a legacy of quality. Wherever we all fell in that mix it was and is a wild ride.
This last event before the finale was held at the Auto Club Speedway in Southern California. This was one of three double points events. The USCA series will take the best three finishes of each competitor and add them together to become your season points. This ensured a large turnout in which all the top people were there. It was to have a start stop competition, autocross, cruise, and a time trial on the road course. However this event would kick off at K&N Filters on Friday and just for fun it decided to be 100+ degrees all weekend. This final event would crown the season champion in each class.
“However this was not to be, getting out of the car we had noticed the camera that the film crew had put on the side of the car was bent back from hitting a cone. The cone automatically disqualified the run and we had to stand on a slower 16.9 second run.”
Like we had mentioned earlier all the big names were there. JJ from Ultimate performance, Detroit Speed, Falken Tires, Wilwood Brakes, Baer Brakes, TCI, RideTech, Black Widow Exhaust, Roush Yates Performance part, etc. This event would kick off for the GTV guys on the Start Stop. Jake Rozzell, Kyle Tucker, Mary Pozzi and Larry Woo were all in the group. The results of this would ultimately would be split by several tenths of a second. So when we posted a solid 16.59 second pass which was good enough for a third, a tenth behind the leader (Tucker). However this was not to be, getting out of the car we had noticed the camera that the film crew had put on the side of the car was bent back from hitting a cone. The cone automatically disqualified the run and we had to stand on a slower 16.9 second run. Jake the Kid Rozelle was having a tough go with it as well pulling in a low 17 sec time. For a competitor like him to be back a bit shows that this wasn’t an easy event. Kyle, Mary and Smitty rounded out the top three.
Next up was autocross. As the day went on the heat was impressive, rumors of 107 degree’s floated around. We showed up late to this event because we went and did the design and engineering review with the panel of judges. When we arrived people were starting to dip into the high 46’s, Kyle was on top and we laid down a solid 47.5. We started in on our usual tuning with a little help from JJ with Ultimate Performance and we got the Falkens to start hooking up. This is about the time I was thinking back on how thankful I was to have had the help from Quartermaster earlier in the week. We had some starter issues and with a new Quartermaster starter that thing was cranking every time.
“The surface of the autocross was slick as can be and patience was the key.”
The surface of the autocross was slick as can be and patience was the key. Feeling as though we were in a constant slide we all pedaled our cars to a whopping half throttle. By the end people were burnt out. Mary saving the best for last and had an incredible run, improving by half a second to a 46.0 stunning every one. Kyle pushed to a 46.4 and we pulled out the third with a 46.5. Jake still with the black cloud, pushing as hard as he can but it was just not meant to be.
Shop driver and friend Brian Hobaugh started to experience a violent vibration in his Corvette and had to call it quits early. Brian ended up navigating in Ol Blue on the cruise. As we drove through the streets we were feeling a little vibration but could not pin point it. This was to prove an issue later on.
“Jake commented that he hasn’t seen a car go through grass that fast before and something else about dirt flying everywhere.”
When Sunday morning came it was time to look for that vibration nothing could be found. So drive it and keep your ears up was the solution. We got our first session on the road course and this surface was slick. Being that this was the first session and there was a whole day ahead the plan was to learn the track and get a set up sorted out for the next session. Did we mention that the track was slick? So much that we found Ol Blue taking an off course excursion at about 100 mph through the grass at the end of the back straight. Jake commented that he hasn’t seen a car go through grass that fast before and something else about dirt flying everywhere. Remarkably after the first session we had top time in GTV. The next session came and went in a hurry, after only one lap we found the vibration. After years of punishment 3rd gear of our awesome C&R transmission let go and we were done for the day.
As we packed up our things delightfully the rest of the guys had a bit of a go taking down that first sessions lap time. Jake’s cloud ended up going away and he won the road course with a mid 1:17 and Kyle squeaked by us by a few tenths to put us in third. After all was said and done Kyle rose as the event winner and we pulled out the second spot. Kyle ultimately won the year end GTV points championship with Larry Woo in second with the Mike Maier in Ol Blue pulling out the third overall for the year.
- Thunder Hill 2nd GTV
- Las Vegas 1st GTV
- Charlotte Motor Speedway 3rd GTV
- Brian Hobaugh in a MMI prepped car in 2nd
- Road America 2nd GTV
- Auto Club Speedway 2nd GTV
With all that went on and the people that are involved with this series From Falken, Wilwood, JRi Shocks, Quarter Master, Roush Yates, Lucas Oil, K&N Filters, and so on. We are truly among the best. If that’s what you want to be then you better start hanging with the best.