The OSUSC Podcast – Episode #46

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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 is back for 2017 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: (844) RACETEC

Ron’s Workshops Near 5 Big Events:

April 22nd, Saturday, at Ridetech HQ in Jasper, IN / Before Cars & Cones Autocross Tour
July 6th, Thursday, in Columbus, OH / Before the Good Guys Event
Sept 28th, Thursday, in Ft Worth, TX / Before the Good Guys Event
Oct 19th, Thursday, in Charlotte, NC / Before the Good Guys Event
Nov 1st, Wednesday, in Las Vegas / During SEMA & Before the Optima Invitational


Welcome Forgeline!

forgeline-keating-large_image-630We are incredibly proud to announce that Forgeline Motorsports has also returned to the OSUSC Podcast show for 2017! Forgeline has been a staple among OSUSC competitors, and their incredible wheels are as well engineered (and race tested) as they are beautiful.

Stay tuned to future shows to hear more from Forgline, and be sure to visit their website and give them a call for all of your competition wheel needs!
Phone: (800) 886-0093


Kepler in action in his Nissan GTR.

Kepler in action in his Nissan GTR.

Series Update and NOLA Preview!

The season is underway and our next event is just around the corner. In this episode we dug in on the latest happenings of the show and have a NOLA preview as well. Enjoy!

-Rob & Jimi


Series News:

-Ron Sutton News will be doing seminars at Holley LS Fest West and on Friday and Saturday (May 5-6)

-The FM3 RoadTrip Cars-&-Cones begins next week immediately following NOLA. Several people are doing both.

-New Welcome Party Sponsor – Fire Ade – portable fire extinguishers and other “aerosol can” type options.

-Points Event Update: More people are now getting a USCA invite that did not win an event. Why? Because we have more classes now (GTC specifically). 17 invites may be coming this year, which is a future discussion with OPTIMA Jim.

-Clarification coming for spoiler rules on Hatchbacks!

-Clarification coming for new cars with autonomous safety systems: Automatic braking, Lane change avoidance, etc.


Overall Event Segment Leaders:

-2nd Year at NOLA

-Speed Stop different this year (was on track last year) – will be held at autocross location. As a reminder:
Friday tech from 12-6PM.
Be at the track no later than 7PM.
Saturday morning tech begins at 7AM for those that didn’t get in Friday.
Don’t ask to leave your trailer at the track PRIOR to Friday.

-At NOLA this year is something new and fun – Cars and Coffee on Saturday morning! 7AM to 9AM ish….

-Saturday evening – local seafood company is catering dinner. Great NOLA style dinner.

-Sunday – Speed Stop and Road Course running simultaneously.

-70 cars coming – there are technically 5 open spots even though it’s already sold out!

-Several cars coming that are recent builds – and this is their first event. Jimi is looking forward to seeing Eric Vandermey’s Miata “Minimal Upgrades”