Corvette ‘Z06Life’ Scores First Victory in Opening Round of the 2015 Optima Batteries Ultimate Street Car Invitational


Corvette 'Z06Life' Scores First Victory in Opening Round of the 2015 Optima Batteries Ultimate Street Car Series
Photo Credit: Jeffery Balliet

It’s been a busy year so far for the winners of the opening event in the 2015 Optima Batteries’ Ultimate Street Car Series.

Rob Krider and Keith Kramer, successful endurance racing drivers since 2008, drove Krider’s 2006 Corvette Z06 to the top spot in the Feb. 28/March 1 competition at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, Calif.

The two drivers won $500 from Wilwood Brakes but more importantly earned an invitation to the finals of the Search for the Ultimate Street Car slated for Nov. 6-8 in Las Vegas. Seven other Ultimate Street Car Series events are planned across the United States through October before the Invitational at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The Thunderhill event featured two days of competition in five events, including an autocross, a speed stop, engineering inspection, road rally, and time trial. MAVTV filmed the competition for its motor sports reality TV show, “Search for the Ultimate Street Car.”

It wasn’t the first time Krider and Kramer have been on television, though. Earlier this year, they were chosen for the BBC America TV show called “Mud, Sweat and Gears.”

The Z06 has proven to be a successful ride for Krider and Kramer, who drove the Corvette to two wins last summer in Speed Ventures’ Corvette Challenge at Buttonwillow Raceway Park and the Lone Pine Time Trials.

The two men have been successful partners since going under the Krider Racing banner in 2008, when they won the 24 Hours of LeMons race at Altamont. In 2010 they were winners at the National Auto Sport Association Western Endurance Racing Championship competing for Nissan Motorsports.

You can follow the exploits of the racing team at


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