Ryan Mathews and the DSE 2012 “White Monster” Camaro Earn a Trip to The Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational
Mooresville, NC -http://goo.gl/x5jWkZ For the DSE Test Car’s first dip into the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car events of 2015, it was quite a successful one. Ryan Mathews took the top spots in the GT Class with 1st place finishes in the Detroit Speed sponsored Autocross, the Speed Stop Challenge and the Hot Lap Challenge. Unfortunately, due to the transportation logistics of the new BFGoodrich Rival S, they weren’t quite available for the public; so Kyle was positioned in the exhibition class. The new BFG Rival S tires had incredible turn-in grip and came up to temperature fast. If you are going to be consistently competing for the top spots of these events with the best street cars in the country, the BFGoodrich Rival S need to be the next set of tires you purchase.
This was not a big deal for Kyle, as he is more about proving himself with how he runs and not the hardware on his office shelf, put down great times and finished with a 1st place overall in the Speed Stop and 2nd place overall in the Hot Lap Challenge while finishing in 5th place overall on the Detroit Speed sponsored Autocross.
Unlike the previous week in Fort Worth, Saturday morning started early and came with beautiful temps and abundant sunshine. The Driver’s meeting kicked off a day full of events with the Detroit Speed sponsored Autocross, the Speed Stop Challenge, the Road Rally and finished up with the welcome party. Cars were running hard all morning and afternoon with just a short break in the middle for lunch. Ryan driving the DSE 2012 “White Monster” Camaro put down great times early including a 0:43.907 on his first run. His 1st place clinching run came on his third of the morning, a 0:43.724 which was good enough for the win. Kyle, not to be outdone by Ryan, posted a 0:43.028 in the exhibition class in the DSE 1970 Camaro Test Car. Ryan also claimed the Speed Stop Challenge in the GT class while Kyle who finished first in the exhibition class and overall, ran one of the only three sub ten second times of the weekend.
Sunday was the Hot Lap Challenge and the two drivers were ready to get at it, especially after their great times and cooperative cars on Saturday. Kyle finished first in the exhibition class while Ryan ran the only sub forty second time on the road course with a 0:39.520 that couldn’t be caught.
There were many DSE “Equipped” cars running all weekend including Ken Thwaits in his Showtime 2014 Camaro, Ken was neck in neck with Ryan, finishing right behind him in the autocross and road course and 3rd in the Speed Stop.
This was a great weekend for a great event at Texas Motor Speedway. It was a successful first event for the Detroit Speed team and we forward to getting back at it during the Optima event at Bowling Green in June.
Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Texas Highlights:
• Ryan won the GT Class and punched his ticket for the end of year Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitation in Las Vegas
• Ryan posted the only sub 0:40 run during the Hot Lap Challenge
• Kyle, running in the exhibition class, came up with a win in the Speed Stop Challenge and Hot Lap Challenge
• Ken Thwaits and his DSE “Equipped” 2014 Camaro finished 2nd overall in the GT class with two 2nd place finishes and a 3rd place finish
• The new BFGoodrich Rival S is an amazing tire and exceeded expectations
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Detroit Speed Employee Spotlight – Andy Stapp
1. Name and Occupation?
Andy Stapp – Project Fabricator
2. How many years at Detroit Speed?
3. Hometown and State?
4. Favorite Detroit Speed Test Car and why?
The DSE 1963 Chevy II. “The all-around drivability and it’s just damn cool.”
5. What do you like best about your job?
We get to work with and work on some of the best street cars in the world.
More here http://bit.ly/andystapp
6. What’s your dream car/truck?
A 2008 White Duramax Chevy Dually 3500 (Because we don’t have to add DEF to it.) with a 2015 J&J 410 sprint car in the trailer behind it.
7. Favorite interest/hobby when not at work?
Racing with my kids.
8. Favorite movie/movies?
World’s Fastest Indian & Planes, Trains & Automobiles.
9. Pet Peeve?
The smell of cigarette smoke.
10. Favorite quote/best advice to give?
“Life’s way too important to be taken seriously.” – Oscar Wilde
Watch Engineering and Technical Sales associate, Dan Oddy, discuss the @DetroitSpeedInc Mustang Mini-Tubs. The Tubs are stamped from 18 gauge steel, made in the USA and are guaranteed for a perfect fit! Increase your tire size and get more rubber on the road with the Mustang Mini-Tubs available for your 1964.5-1970 #Mustang
Mooresville, NC - Goodguys Texas didn’t pan out exactly like Scottsdale the previous weekend. Rainy weather kept the participants off the autocross Friday, was rain shortened Saturday, and was a washout for Sunday.
Friday morning the rain swept in and dropped a good amount of moisture on the track. Just as the track was drying out and the drivers were prepping to get some runs in the rain came back in and closed down the course for the day. Saturday was much better and it was about time for Kyle and the DSE 1970 Camaro Test Car to take on the autocross with the hopes of consecutive Pro Class victories after taking the win at Scottsdale. The course was filled with cars all day long getting in their runs in the event before the rain returned and put a halt to the action.
Sunday at Goodguys was an All-American weekend letting in cars of any year running an American made engine. This could’ve been the chance for the DSE 2012 “White Monster” Camaro Test Car to put in some laps but unfortunately Sunday was a total washout.
Kyle ran well all weekend and was able to crack the top 5 but was unable to claim the top spot. That privilege went to Josh Leisinger with an overall time of 56.306. We’re sure Kyle is anxious to get back at it in Del Mar April 10th – 12th.
Goodguys Texas Highlights:
• Kyle Tucker captured 5th place in the Pro Class during a rain shortened autocross at Fort Worth
• Josh Leisinger won the Pro Class autocross in his Corvette with a time of 56.306
• Chris Jacobs won the Street Machine class
• Duke Roddy took home 1st place in the Truck class
Detroit Speed will team with Holley EFI, Hooker BlackHeart and Earl’s Performance Plumbing for the 2015
Mooresville, NC – Detroit Speed will display, promote, and sell the Holley Brands in the Detroit Speed booth at all shows and events for 2015. Teaming with Holley will increase awareness for both Detroit Speed and Holley while allowing us to reach new customers who are looking for the ultimate in performance. Detroit Speed will be using Holley products on their Test Cars, as well.
“Detroit Speed and Holley teaming up is a perfect fit in the aftermarket industry. Both companies are committed to quality, excellence, and being leaders in the industry. Detroit Speed is excited to begin this partnership and watching it grow year after year,” said Stacy Tucker, co-owner of Detroit Speed, Inc.
The partnership of Detroit Speed and Holley can be seen all across the country with Detroit Speed attending over 30 events this year including Goodguys Rod & Custom Shows, Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car competitions, the Holley LS Fest, and much more.
“We’re excited to team-up with the topnotch crew at Detroit Speed. Their suspension and engineering expertise combined with our Holley EFI, Hooker BlackHeart Exhaust, and Earl’s Performance Plumbing products make for a winning combination,” said Tom Tomlinson, President of Holley Performance Products.
About Detroit Speed, Inc.
Detroit Speed, Inc. is located in Mooresville, North Carolina. The company provides products and services to transform a vintage muscle car into an all-around versatile vehicle. In addition to design and fabrication services, the company manufactures a line of components to bring muscle cars into the new millennium. Detroit Speed, Inc. has been recognized for its engineering and attention to detail.
Holley was founded in 1903 around the advent of the automobile and has been a supplier to every major American OEM automobile manufacturer. Holley supplied half of the fuel systems in WWII including those for land vehicles, marine and aircraft. Its primary focus today is in the high performance aftermarket where its world famous carburetion has won more races than all others combined. Holley is proactive in developing EFI systems for street users and professional racers alike. Holley manufactures products under the famous brand names including Holley, Hooker Headers, Flowtech, Earl’s, NOS Nitrous Oxide Systems, Demon, and Weiand. For more information about Holley visit www.holley.com