Preparing a car for Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car is not an easy task. As the series has grown and more people build awesome cars, the times keep dropping and sweat equity never stops. When it comes to regular racing you have one thing you need to do well: with Optima there are multiple disciplines in one weekend. Getting into the top pack is breaking into a lifestyle. It requires constantly improving your weak points and a dedication to evolving the car. Not to mention actually having to drive the thing well!
Updates from the racing program at MMI.
As part of our continued development and testing, Mike Maier and the MMI crew are planning to attend several events this year with the Stagnaro Mustang, the New Blue 2015 Mustang, and the Ansell Corvette. We hope to see you at the starting line!
2021 Haul Ass Tour Schedule
Race or Event Name
|3/20-3/21||USCA – Las Vegas||Las Vegas, NV|
|3/27 -3/28||Goodguys-Pleasanton||Pleasanton, CA|
|4/9-4/11||Goodguys – DelMar||DelMar, CA|
|5/1-5/2||SCCA National Tour||Crows Landing, CA|
|5/21-5/23||Goodguys-Salt Lake City||Salt Lake City, UT|
|05/28-5/29||USCA – Willow Springs||Rosamond, CA|
|6/5-6/6||Goodguys – Summer Get Together||Pleasanton, CA|
|7/17-7/18||USCA- UMC Toole||Toole, UT|
|9/7-9/10||SCCA – National Championship||Lincoln, NE|
|11/6-11/7||OUSCI – **If Qualified||Las Vegas, NV|
|11/13-11/14||Goodguys – Autumn Get-Together||Pleasanton, CA|
|11/19-11/21||Goodguys – Southwest Nationals ** If Qualified||Scottsdale, AZ|
2021 American Auto-X Series
Mike and Brianne have been a part of American Autocross for years, this is where they like to test and play locally. Keep in mind due to other schedules they may not attend all events. Also take time to check out SCCA Sacramento Chapter they have amazing autocross events they put on at Thunderhill Raceway.
|4/10/21||Round 1||Crows Landing|
|4/11/21||Round 2||Crows Landing|
|5/15/21||Round 3||Crows Landing|
|5/16/21||Round 4||Crows Landing|
|6/5/21||Round 5||Crows Landing|
|6/6/21||Round 6||Crows Landing|
|7/3/21||Round 7||Crows Landing|
|7/4/21||Round 8||Crows Landing|
|8/7/21||Round 9||Crows Landing|
|8/8/21||Round 10||Crows Landing|
|9/25/21||Round 11||Crows Landing|
|9/26/21||Round 12||Crows Landing|
|10/23/21||Round 13||Crows Landing|
|10/24/21||Round 14||Crows Landing|
The decision has been made. Mike Maier’s Old blue is getting lower, wider and new wiring. We will need new front control arms and spindles. The back will need a little more, the plan is to keep the guts of the MOD2 , but just raise it up in the car to keep all the geometry. This is super easy when your talking with your buddies, But somehow every time when the tools come out only one or two guys are left ready to work. Well that’s better than none.
As per the intro on the last write up we had touched on keeping up with the times. Ol’ Blue has gone through its evolution’s and we had come to a cross roads. Do we lay over and leave the car or do we continue with the thoughts that made the car what it is now? Over much deliberation the decision was clear; Continuing is the only way to go!