The third time proved to be the charm for Brian Hobaugh.
Hobaugh had finished third in 2011 and moved up to second in 2012 (losing by just a point) with his 1973 Camaro in the OPTIMA Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational before finally pulling out a victory with his family’s 1965 Corvette in the sixth annual event held in Pahrump, Nev., on Saturday.
Hobaugh and his Corvette were crowned the overall OUSCI winner after taking the top spots in the Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross and the Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge.
This year’s OUSCI, presented by Royal Purple Synthetic Oil and K&N Filters, featured a full field of 58 participants driving the world’s best street vehicles.
Hobaugh took a 12-point victory over the defending champion, Mark Stielow and his 1967 Camaro, who had to settle for second this year, a point ahead of former OUSCI champion Danny Popp and his 2010 Camaro built by Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
“The drivers pushed their cars as hard as they possibly could, and their lap times show it. All the participants were fantastic, and all of the spectators at the Spring Mountain Motor Resort and Country Club were able to witness a truly exciting event,” says Cam Douglass, director of product development and marketing for OPTIMA Batteries. “It was a terrific example of how capable and entertaining street-legal cars of all makes can be. All three of the top finishers proved their cars are truly exceptional performers, delivering outstanding results in each of the various driving challenges.”
The overall win at OUSCI capped an already impressive year for Hobaugh’s Corvette. Earlier in 2013, he won six trophies at the American Street Car Series Run to the Coast event, including autocross, speed/stop, and road course. He also became the first qualifier for the Goodguys Shootout after winning several Goodguys autocross events.
Even before Brian’s dad bought the car in the early 1980s, it had been run in autocrosses by previous owners, dating all the way back to the time it left the showroom floor.
An original fuelie, the car now has a 364 engine with Brodix heads and TPiS fuel injection and Accel DFI Gen 7 engine management, among other power enhancements that have upped the horsepower to 525 and 500 lb.-ft. of torque.
Top Ten Overall Finishers
- Brian Hobaugh, 1965 Corvette
- Mark Stielow, 1967 Camaro
- Danny Popp, 2010 Camaro
- Brian Finch, 1971 Camaro
- Karl Dunn, 1968 Camaro
- Todd Earsley, 2003 Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII
- Steve Kepler, 2013 Nissan GT-R
- Kyle Tucker, 2012 Camaro
- Bret Voelkel, 1933 Ford Coupe
- Larry Woo, 1968 Camaro
Here are pictures of Brian’s 1965 Corvette from the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Parking area at SEMA:
Brian Hobaugh and his 1965 Corvette to Compete in the 2013 OPTIMA Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational
[VIDEO] Autocrossing a 500-hp 1965 Corvette
[VIDEO] Brian Hobaugh’s 30 Year History with a 500-hp 1965 Corvette Sting Ray