Bob Sobey Wins the 2022 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational; Forgeline Customers Sweep the Podium
Forgeline customers virtually dominated the 15th annual OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational, presented by Advance Auto Parts, in Las Vegas, during the 2022 SEMA week, where they claimed all thee spots on the overall podium and won four of the seven classes. This effort was led by Bob Sobey, whose 2013 Nissan GT-R was crowned the 2022 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car!
Bob finished near the top overall in each of the four competition segments, including first place overall in the Peak Performance Acceleration/Braking Challenge, second place overall in the QA1 Autocross, eighth place in Falken Tire Hot Lap Challenge, and ninth place overall in the Lingenfelter Performance Design and Engineering Competition. His performance throughout the 7-day competition placed him at the top of the Recaro GTS Class (in which his GT-R competes) for the second consecutive year, and – more importantly – the sum of his 2022 performances earned him the overall win out of all 85 competitors.
Bob’s 2022 win marks the eleventh year that the OUSCI champion has ridden to victory on Forgeline wheels throughout the event’s 14 year history, including Steven Rupp’s ’68 Camaro in 2008, Mark Stielow’s ’69 Camaro in 2010, Todd Rumpke’s ’06 Corvette in 2011, Danny Popp’s ’03 Corvette in 2014, 2015, & 2016, Ken Thwaits’ ’06 Mitsubishi Evo in 2017, Mike DuSold’s ’67 Camaro in 2018 & 2019, and Jake Rozelle’s ’03 Corvette Z06 in 2021.
Bob’s winning R35 Nissan GT-R rides on Essex-AP Racing disc brakes, Falken Azenis tires, and 18-inch Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels finished in Gloss Black.
In addition to Bob’s overall and GTS class victories, the other 2022 class champions include GTL class champion and second place overall finisher Jake Rozelle in his 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock VX1R wheels, GT class champion and third place overall finisher Dave Schotz in his 2020 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GTD1 5-Lug Open wheels, and Outlaw class champion Duke Langley in his 2002 Chevrolet Corvette on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels. Congrats to all of the 2022 OUSCI champions!
The 2022 OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational will be broadcast on MAVTV on Friday, December 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. For more information about the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational and the OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car Series, visit DriveOPTIMA.com.