DSE “Equipped” Cars Dominate at Optima’s “Search for the Ultimate Street Car” at Z-Max Dragway and Charlotte Motor Speedway
Mooresville, NC – It was a bit of a special weekend for Detroit Speed. For the first time in a while the hauler wasn’t zipping across the country for an event. The event was in our own backyard at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Optima and their “Search for the Ultimate Street Car” series invaded Charlotte, NC and it couldn’t have gone better for Detroit Speed and Detroit Speed equipped cars. Kyle Tucker and the Detroit Speed 1970 Camaro Test Car came away with first overall in the GTV class while Bryan Johnson, driving his DSE “Equipped” 2013 5th Gen Camaro, took home top honors in the GT class. DSE was also represented by Ryan Mathews in the 5th Gen Camaro Test Car while Stacy Tucker wheeled the DSE 2008 FR500S Mustang during the events.
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The event started bright and early Saturday morning about 30 minutes south of the Detroit Speed shop at the Z-Max Dragway parking lot for autocross and speed stop action. DSE Engineer, Ryan Mathews, laid down fantastic times in the DSE 5th Gen Camaro Test Car and came away with the fastest autocross time of the entire event. Not to be outdone, Kyle followed that up with the 2nd fastest autocross time of the event in the DSE 1970 Camaro Test Car. The Speed Stop was a bit different than usual, with it being held on the drag strip at Z-Max.
Following a full day of racing the road rally took off from Z-Max and ended with the Holley Welcome Party at Detroit Speed. There was music, food, prizes and much more with the shops open for all competitors to enjoy including some homemade ice cream for dessert.
Sunday was all about the road course at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The infield road course had all new asphalt and a new configuration with 60 feet of elevation change over the length of the course. Bryan Johnson and his 2013 DSE “Equipped” Camaro came away with the fastest time of the weekend on the road course en route to winning the GT class while Ryan Mathews had the 2nd fastest time of the event in the DSE 5th Gen Camaro Test Car. DSE customer Craig Hardee was also out and was a first timer to USCA driving his DSE “Equipped” Z/28. Based on Bryan’s performance in a Detroit Speed “Equipped” 5th Gen Camaro, Detroit Speed is offering 16% off of 5th Gen Camaro products throughout the rest of the week and will end Friday, July 31st at 5:00 PM.
The crew now has a bit of time off at the shop with the next event being the Optima “Search for the Ultimate Street Car” at Road America August 29th – 30th at Elkhart Lake, WI.
Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Charlotte Highlights:
- Ryan Mathews had the fastest autocross time of the event and the 2nd fastest road course time in the DSE Gen 5 Camaro Test Car
- Kyle Tucker won the GTV class and had the 2nd fastest autocross time of the event in the DSE 1970 Camaro Test Car
- Bryan Johnson won the GT class and had the fastest road course time of the event in his DSE “Equipped” 2013 5th Gen Camaro
- Detroit Speed is going to offer 16% off of Gen 5 Camaro products throughout the rest of the week and will end Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM
We heard some people were looking for a sale on some of the Fastest Gen 5 Camaro products? Well, we are here to help! Detroit Speed is offering 16% off Gen 5 #Camaro products from now until Friday, July 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM. Congratulations to Bryan Johnson and Ryan Mathews with a 1st and 2nd place finish in their DSE Equipped Gen 5 Camaros at the Ultimate Street Car Association’s OPTIMA Batteries “Search for the Ultimate Street Car” event at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this past weekend.
Call our sales team at 704.662.3272 or order your parts online right here.http://goo.gl/sWk0Ne
Watch Detroit Speed, Inc. Fabricator, Mark McDonald, walk you through the installation of Detroit Speed’s Mini-Tubs on a 1969 F-Body Camaro.
Detroit Speed welcomes OPTIMA Batteries and the “Search for the Ultimate Street Car” competitors to Charlotte on Saturday, July 25th and Sunday the 26th. It’s a double points event with a huge number of competitors! Registration and Tech begin at 7 AM Saturday. Speed Stop and Design and Engineering will take place 9:30-4:30. The Detroit Speed Autocross is 9:30-12:30 and again at 1:30-4:30 in the afternoon.
We’re off to the road rally at 5 PM and about 30 minutes from the track, so competitors joining us at the Holley Performance Products Welcome Party at our facility will start pulling in around 5:30. Bring your appetites because we have a nice surprise for you after a full day of racing. Also, if you are #DSEequipped, please come by; we’d like to interview you.
Sunday we’ll be back at it again…on track with the Hot Lap Challenge with awards to follow at 5:00 PM.
We invite you to come by and check out our Brand NEW 3rd Gen Camaro parts….winner of the 2015 Best New Suspension products at the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Columbus Nationals a couple weeks ago. These high level parts will make any 3rd Gen a force to be reckoned with! We’ll have a full contingent of 5th Gen Camaro parts and our other offerings on the rig this weekend as well.
If you’re looking to up your game, Brian Nutter and Matt Bellamy will be on hand to discuss various suspension options for a wide variety of cars. As always, if you need to place an order for parts for pickup; please give us a ring at 704 662 3272 and we’ll coordinate with you.
More info here… http://driveusca.com/events/charlotte-motor-speedway-2015/
Moe’s 1969 Mayhem Charger Impresses and Detroit Speed Takes Home a “Best New Product” Award at the Goodguys Columbus Nationals
Mooresville, NC – Another Goodguys Rod & Custom Association Columbus Nationals is in the books. It was a full weekend of excitement with Moe’s Detroit Speed built 1969 Charger, Mayhem, debuting along with the Sponsor Shootout and our new 3rd Gen F-Body front and rear suspension competing for best new suspension product. See all the pictures here http://goo.gl/Tvva5r
The crew was up bright and early Thursday morning for the over 400 mile trip to Columbus from Mooresville, NC. One of the best parts of the weekend is driving through the West Virginia mountains on 77 as the sun lifts itself up over the trees with the fog still sitting in the valleys. It is also a great chance to shake down the test cars before they go full force on the autocross.
This was an extra exciting year for Detroit Speed at Columbus. This was the year that Detroit Speed unveiled the 1969 Mayhem Charger built for customer Moe Alnassr. This project was unique in many ways, the first being that it was a Mopar and the 2nd in that it was equipped with a monster late model Arrington Hemi with a Whipple Super Charger rated at over 800 horsepower. As soon as the Charger was unloaded people took notice. The Charger had a nice crowd checking it out Friday.
Friday was an exciting day. Kyle Tucker ran the DSE 1970 Camaro Test Car in the Pro-Class while Stacy was muscling the DSE 1965 Mustang Test Car. Following a few hours of lots of onlookers checking out every nook and cranny of the Charger it was time to be tested on the autocross. This has been a fantastic addition to the Street Machine competition, requiring participants to take their machine around the autocross for two laps. If it is a true street machine, it should be able to handle on the street. The Charger handled fantastic for such a large car on a tight autocross. Following the autocross all the Street Machine competitors drove into the Celeste building where the list would be cut down to the Top 5 Finalists. Unfortunately, it wasn’t our year and the Charger was not chosen as a Top 5 finalist. Detroit Speed was still extremely proud to have competed and would like to congratulate all the finalists including the winner, a 1967 Corvette built by Mike Goldman Customs.
Even though the Charger was not a Top 5 finalist, we didn’t let that spoil our weekend. There was plenty to do with one of the largest crowd attendances ever. While part of the team was busy at the hauler Saturday, Kyle and Stacy were busy over at the autocross putting in as many laps as possible. Saturday also had the sponsor shootout in which the competitors run timed laps and then are seeded for an elimination bracket. Kyle ran hard and made his way to the 2nd round before being knocked out of the competition by the eventual winner, Danny Popp. Danny was on fire this weekend as he also claimed the Pro Class autocross. Congrats also to Tim Mcgilton who ran hard and made the board driving his DSE “Equipped” 1970 Camaro. Saturday evening Detroit Speed was thrilled to take home the “Best New Suspension, Tires, Wheels & Brakes” award for the new 1982-1992 F-Body suspension.
Sunday was an All American autocross. Good friend, Bryan Johnson brought in his DSE “Equipped” 2013 Camaro and cleaned house, taking home the All American Sunday autocross. Way to go Brian!
Another Goodguys Columbus Nationals in the books, it was a fantastic show. We were very proud to debut Moe’s 1969 Mayhem Charger and were very happy to take home a best new product award. We are already looking forward to next year and one of our favorite dates on our calendar, the Goodguys Columbus Nationals. Next up for the crew is the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series taking place in our backyard at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.
• The DSE 1982-1992 F-Body Suspension was named Best New Suspension, Tires, Wheels &
• Kyle and Stacy ran hard in the DSE 1970 Camaro Test Car and the 1965 Mustang Test Car on the autocross
• Many DSE Equipped rides were in attendance including Tim McGilton who made the Pro Class autocross board
• Bryan Johnson won the All American Sunday autocross driving his DSE “Equipped” 2013