The OSUSC Podcast – Episode #19


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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


Welcome Ron Sutton!

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A HUGE THANKS to Ron Sutton Race Technology for coming on board as our very first sponsor! We’re proud to announce that Ron will be back for 2016 with an entirely new workshop tour planned as well.

Stay tuned to future shows for details and Visit to get more information on Ron’s incredible service lineup!
Phone/Text: (916) 834-8051


SEMA Showcase and Danny Popp’s OUSCI Win!


Daddy Popp – 2015 OUSCI Winner and 3-time Champ!

SEMA and OUSCI 2015 are in the books! In this show we looked back at OPTIMA’s Thursday-of-SEMA press conference as well as the segment-by-segment results of OUSCI. For those of you that love the inside-baseball of how OUSCI works (and how two-tenths of a second can make a huge difference), you’ll love this episode for sure.

SEMA Press Conf Segments:

1. OSUSC Season Award Winners – Trophy Presentation
2. OUSCI Golden Ticket Award Presentation
3. Cam Douglass and Kyle Tucker surprise Pedro Gonzales with a fully equipped (and installed) Detroit Speed Second Gen F-body Suspension system!

OUSCI Segment Recap:

Design and Engineering

1. Matthew Butts – 69 Dodge Charger
2. Brett Behrens – 78 Ford Mustang II
3. Steve Keefer – 67 Camaro



1. Dr Brandon Ranvek – Evo
2. Andy Smedegard – Evo
3. Danny Popp – 2002 Corvette


Speed Stop

1. Clay Shearer – Porsche 911
2. Andy Smedegard – Evo
3. Danny Popp – 2002 Corvette


Road Course

1. Danny Popp – 2002 Corvette
2. Hugh Bate – GTR
3. Andy Smedegard – Evo


Ultimate Street Car Champ – Danny Popp

Interesting OUSCI Points of Note:

1. Danny Popp is the first 3-time OUSCI Champion and is the first back-to-back Champion
2. Had Andy Smedegard finished in 2nd place in the Road Course segment he would have been the 2015 OUSCI Champion!

That’s it for this season! We’ll be back during the first week of December to preview the 2016 schedule…and perhaps start digging into the likely 2016 rule changes as well. Happy Thanksgiving and we’ll see you soon!

-Rob & Jimi