Getting’ After It.
The 2015 Ultimate Street Car Association USCA season started, came, and left. Hoping to get to one or two events was the goal. Finding ourselves at 6 events this year, among all the other events we attended proved to be a breeding ground for growth and learning; not to mention achieving more than we ever had planned on. Having the opportunity to represent the Vintage Mustang scene at SEMA for the OUSCI finale was a wonderful way to finish the season. While having all of this in mind, we find ourselves constantly reflecting on how to improve for next season.
“Thunder Hill was our home track and we had a car full of brand new parts that had not been used together yet.”
At the start of this season we were thrashing for the first event as like everyone else. Thunder Hill was our home track and we had a car full of brand new parts that had not been used together yet. Finishing with a second in GTV proved to be a constant struggle throughout the weekend. Not knowing that this season was going to last as long as it did each event became a test for the shop. Finding issues and tuning components became a constant. Everything from mile-aged out parts that needed replacing to road wear from trailer miles. Enough gear changes to necessitate replacing the studs on the rear end housing all the way to simple nagging oil leaks. You plug one leak up and another starts.
For us to charge into a corner at 150+ MPH with confidence sure says something about the tire.
However this was not for loss. We improved a lot of components on the car throughout these changes. We installed an awesome twin disc Quarter Master clutch that can take 750+ horsepower pounding every weekend with much better modulation. JJ from Ultimate performance was there to help us with getting the most out of our JRi shocks. We ended up putting some JRi double adjustable canisters on all four corners to give us the added control that we need to get the most out of Old Blue. With some basic maintenance on the Roush Yates power plant including valve spring, 5 gallons of Lucas oil per oil change and a huge K&N oil filter, the beast continued to pull hard. We finally killed third gear in the C&R tranny which gave us the opportunity to regear the transmission to a closer ratio combination that helped out a bunch. The new Wilwood Aerolite calipers with 14 inch rotors and Dynapro6 calipers in the back were doing work. Tracks like Las Vegas, Road America and Charlotte tested those things for sure. The brakes saw temps as high as 1100 degrees F proved that Wilwood was up to the test. While all of this was going on we were doing this on a 200 treadwear Falken 615K. We cannot say enough about these tires. For us to charge into a corner at 150+ MPH with confidence sure says something about the tire.
“Running head to head with cars like C5 Corvettes on steroids, all-wheel drive beasts and monster Porsches with a car that was 50 years old is no simple task.”
With all of this, the car started to become a tuned machine towards the end of the season. It showed in our final results at OUSCI. At the finale, Optima got rid of all the classes and went for the best overall. This meant we were against all the new cars as well as the old cars. Running head to head with cars like C5 Corvettes on steroids, all-wheel drive beasts and monster Porsches with a car that was 50 years old is no simple task. So when you are looking at those results, look at all the other cars around Old Blue and hopefully you will give her an atta girl for the pounding she dished out this year. We are also proud of where Mike Maier Inc has come from and with help of all of our partners and friends we look forward to the 2016 season!