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ruising around the SEMA show in Las Vegas, there was no way not to run into cars entered in the Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car (OUSCI) event. The year-long televised racing series featured street legal cars in five different challenges: autocross, speed stop, road rally, engineering and design, and road course time trials. Cars that won their respective events across the country at different race tracks during the year were invited to the SEMA show in November to compete in the Optima Invitational Championship race at Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS). 76  Power & Performance News / Vol. 7, No. 1

Since I was at SEMA anyway covering the show, I figured I would head out to the track and see some of the action. On Friday night, Xceleration Media videographer Derric Curran met one of the Optima competitors, Rob Krider, who was running in a Z06 Corvette. Derric was looking to bum a ride in the SEMA parade to the SEMA Ignited event, and he ended up jumping into Rob’s ’vette to capture the parade. Derric said Rob was an easy-going guy and told me to look him up when I got to LVMS. I figured I could do a “day in the life of an OUSCI competitor.” Saturday morning, I took an ex-

tremely expensive cab ride from The Strip in Las Vegas to LVMS — $75 gone. I walked around the track, taking in all of the serious machines that were competing in the OUSCI and found Rob Krider’s Corvette Z06 in the grid for the autocross competition. It wasn’t hard to locate Rob as his car had his nickname, Rob “Right Foot” Krider, over the driver’s win-

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Built upon a Resto Mod theme, this issue of Power & Performance News is packed full of DIY performance projects, car features and hardcore t...

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