The OSUSC Podcast – Episode #16


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Welcome to the Optima Search For the Ultimate Street Car Series Podcast! This show is produced twice–per-month show and will be a great way to keep people informed on everything going on, from rules discussions, to event coverage, and to feature interviews with competitors and people of interest!

The show is hosted by myself (Rob Kibbe) and Race Director Jimi Day. Our goal is to bring you all of the latest and greatest information possible…plus have plenty of fun along with way. Feel free to e-mail us with feedback and questions, and we’ll work as many of them can into the show!

-Rob Kibbe ( & Jimi Day (


Rob Kibbe


Jimi Day


Ron Sutton’s 2015 Workshop!


BIG NEWS! Ron Sutton’s 2015 Workshop and Book Tour has been scheduled….and you can attend! This is your chance to spend a full day with Ron and learn how to design and improve YOUR CAR for the best performance possible. Three different dates for the workshop are available yet in 2015….but book now because Ron may never put these on again! Visit to learn more and register for your spot.

Remaining 2015 Workshops:

1. Thursday, Oct 1 – Near the Goodguys Lone Star Nationals – Fort Worth, Texas (SOLD OUT)
2. Thursday, Nov 5 – Near SEMA & the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, Las Vegas, NV

“I never sell in a workshop. Never. I educate. Even if I love a product, I don’t sell anyone. That’s just not my style. No one sells or “pitches” any products in my workshops. If you attend my workshop, you will walk away with valuable, powerful information you understand to help make your car handle better & more fun to drive. I guarantee it.” – Ron Sutton
Phone/Text: (916) 834-8051


Inside OPTIMA Jim’s World!

"OPTIMA" Jim McIlvaine

“OPTIMA” Jim McIlvaine

In this episode we had a chance to chat one-on-one with “OPTIMA” Jim McIlvaine.  For those of you who have not yet met Jim in person (and trust us here – he’s hard to miss), Jim is part of the family at OPTIMA and has been a huge component of promoting the OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series.

For those that never knew, Jim’s professional career started out in the NBA as a professional basketball player. Following his playing days he returned back to his automotive passions beginning with writing articles and shooting photos for a few different magazine outlets. That eventually led to his career with OPTIMA where he has been a driving force of the brand and the racing series ever since.

In addition to his time at OPTIMA he’s also a radio analyst for Marquette University Basketball, holds a children’s camp, and is currently having a Mercury Cyclone built at D&Z Customs. His OPTIMA Power Source Blog and analysis of the 2015 Points Standings has been a regular source of information for us as well so we were sure to get his take on how he thinks the “Points Playoffs” will pan out for those gunning to get into the 2015 OUSCI on points along. Perhaps at the end of the season we can go back and see if he was right!

Thanks for the terrific interview, Jim!
Rob & Jimi