OPTIMA(r) Batteries today announced the addition of a new, street car racing TV series titled OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car. The two episode series is intended to air on the SPEED(tm) channel beginning in fall of 2012, and will capture participants from the OPTIMA Faceoff at the HOT ROD Power Tour and the OPTIMA Faceoff at Road America asthey compete to win the coveted "Spirit of the Event" award that will allow them an automatic entry to the fifth annual OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational.
Registration is still open for both events and those interested in participating should visit www.optimainvitational.com to download and submit an entry form. Spots are limited and will be awarded based on a first come, first serve basis. The OPTIMA Faceoff at HOT ROD Power Tour is scheduled to take place Friday, June 8 - Saturday, June 9 at QuikTrip Park in Grand Prairie, Texas and Eagle Canyon Raceway in Decatur, Texas respectively. Meanwhile, the OPTIMA Faceoff at Road America is Friday, June 22 - Sunday, June 24 in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
"The new TV series will give us an opportunity to share some of the driver's unique backgrounds and experiences," said Cam Douglass, director of product development and marketing for OPTIMA Batteries. "It will also include dramatic race footage from each event and give our viewers a chance to really get to know the competitors throughout the year."
In addition to the new TV series OPTIMAwill continue to produce its annual OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational TV Special that is tentatively scheduled to air within early 2013.
The new TV series has also inspired some new sponsors to sign-on to the widely covered event. Newcomers this year include presenting sponsor Royal Purple and featured sponsor Lingenfelter Performance Engineering.
A complete list of sponsors for the 2012 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational and OPTIMA Faceoff at HOT ROD PowerTour include presenting sponsors K&N Filters and Royal Purple; race event sponsors BFGoodrich, RideTech, Wilwood Disc Brakes, Lingenfelter Performance Engineering and Detroit Speed and Engineering; and associate sponsors MagnaFlow and Roadster Shop. OPTIMA Faceoff at Road America sponsors include all of the above with the exception of K&N Filters.
For more information on the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car franchise including event dates, schedules, official rules and its new charitable Build-A-Bike program, please visit www.optimainvitational.com and http://www.optimabuildabike.com/.