Fords Out Front
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords|January 2020
FORD TAKES THE LEAD IN OPTIMA’S SEARCH FOR THE ULTIMATE STREET CAR AT ROAD AMERICA
Jim Mcilvaine
Chevrolet has had a stranglehold on the GT Class championship in Optima’s Search for the Ultimate Street Car, presented by Advance Auto Parts, since the series started in 2014. However, last year saw the toughest battle to date, with the championship determined in the final event by just 15 points. When the cars traveled to Las Vegas, runner-up Jonathan Blevins’ 2008 Shelby GT500 took home the class cup and signaled a new dawn for Fords in the series.

Fast-forward to the middle of the 2019 season. Things don’t appear to be all that different in the GT Class standings—lots of Camaros and few Fords in the top 10. Even so, those standings don’t always paint an accurate picture of the battle within, until we get very close to the end of the season. A competitor’s best three events count toward his or her season-long point totals, so someone could come out and crisscross the country to start the season, running in Las Vegas, Daytona, and NCM Motorsports Park, and find themselves at the top of the standings, just because they were the only car in their class to run in the first three events.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine

MORE STORIES FROM MUSCLE MUSTANGS & FAST FORDSView All

GOTTA HAVE A TERMINATOR

STEPHEN FLOYD’S SINGLE-TURBOCHARGED, GOTTA HAVE IT GREEN 2003 COBRA

4 mins read
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
February 2020

SECOND-CHANCE PONY

GORDON HUME PASSED ON THIS S197, BUT IT WAS DESTINED TO BE HIS

4 mins read
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
February 2020

FOX AND FRIEND

BRAND X GUY DRIVES BUDDY’S MUSTANG, FALLS IN LOVE, NEVER LOOKS BACK

5 mins read
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
February 2020

Street Machine With Racecar Soul

2020 Shelby GT350R Is Still King of the Stick-Shift Stallions

6 mins read
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
February 2020

A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS

JIMMY SMITH’S 8-SECOND TURBO S197 PROVES ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE WITH THE RIGHT TEAM

7 mins read
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
February 2020

Racing Runs In The Family

DAVID FARLOW’S FOUR-EYED FOX IS A TURBO MOD MOTOR FAMILY HEIRLOOM

5 mins read
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
January 2020

Single-Minded Stallion

NICK MURPHY’S SLEEPER S550 PACKS THE PERFORMANCE WOW-FACTOR OF ONE BIG TURBO

5 mins read
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
January 2020

Fords Out Front

FORD TAKES THE LEAD IN OPTIMA’S SEARCH FOR THE ULTIMATE STREET CAR AT ROAD AMERICA

3 mins read
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
January 2020

A Winning Combination

THE LEGACY OF FUN FORD WEEKEND TROPHY STOCK CHAMPION BRUCE WINN’S 1993 MUSTANG COBRA LIVES ON

9 mins read
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
January 2020

Coyote Evolution All About Gen 1 To Gen 3 Engines

This Coyote-powered SN95 does it all and looks good doing it

4 mins read
Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
January 2020