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Drivers came from all over to put their cars to the ultimate test of performance, handling, breaking, and engineering
On July 19th, just east of St. Louis, Missouri, the ground rumbled as 44 performance street cars made their way to Gateway Motorsports Park, signifying the start of the Ultimate Street Car Association’s sixth event of the 2014 season. These drivers came from all over to put their cars to the ultimate test of performance, handling, braking and engineering as they participated in five different challenges during two days of driving excitement.
The weekend kicked off with the Lingenfelter Design and Engineering Challenge Saturday morning, where the cars were evaluated by industry professionals for both their aesthetic design and their performance engineering. After the judging was complete, it was time for the Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge and Ridetech Autocross where drivers racked up a total of 943 back-to-back laps before taking to the street for a 17.5 mile Detroit Speed, Inc. Road Rally later that afternoon. The rally ended at Gateway Classic Cars for the always exciting Holley Welcome Party where USCA participants were able to mingle and relax as they prepared for Sunday’s main event on the infield road course at Gateway.
As the sun rose over the track on Sunday morning, drivers were taken for a lead/follow trip around the course, giving them the opportunity to scout the legendary race track before the BF Goodrich Hot Lap challenge began. The 44 street cars then split into the three run groups and headed out to Gateway’s pavement where they turned a whopping 1,151laps in hopes of claiming the top spot in one of the three competing classes. Participants ran the course all morning long and took a short lunch break around noon to refuel their bodies and cars as they prepared for the last half of the road course challenge.
At day’s end it was Danny Popp’s 2003 Z06 Corvette that came out on top in the GT3K category with a total score of 120.533, though runner up Kyle Tucker was not far behind, earning a total of 107 points. Jeff Montgomery seized the top spot for the GT2K class in his 1963 Corvette with a total of 112.1 points and Brandon Ranvek claimed his seat as the AWD overall winner with 121.567 points in his 2006 Mitsubishi Evo. Last but certainly not least, Rodney Prouty and his 1968 Camaro were given the spirit of the event award for the weekend. One of the best stories of the weekend was the celebration of Sam Farrington’s 18th birthday during the event, making him the youngest competitor in USCA history. Happy Birthday Sam we hope you had a blast!
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