The Motor State Challenge will once again be an Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Open Event.
It kicks off on Thursday evening with a round-trip cruise complete with BBQ Cookout. Friday’s track event will take place at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, MI where participants will have the opportunity to run their cars in a safe and controlled environment. The event wraps up on Saturday with Autocross action at The Tire Rack in South Bend, IN.
Thursday, July 21 - Check-In And Cruise at Lane Automotive/Motor State Distributing Facility
1:00pm Check-In Opens At Customer Pick Up Area
1:30pm to 3:00pm Facility Tours and Meet and Greet
3:00pm to 4:00pm Drivers/Participant Meeting (Training Room)
4:15pm Cruise Departs
5:00pm to ? Cruise-In, Car Show, Cook-Out (Location TBD)
Friday, July 22 - Gingerman Raceway (In South Haven, MI)
7:30am to 8:00am MSC/SCCA Staff Meeting
8:00am Technical /Safety Inspection (At Tower)
8:45am Drivers Meeting
9:30am to 11:35am 15 Minute Track Sessions
12:00pm to 1:00pm Lunch
1:00pm to 4:00pm 15 Minute Track Sessions
Saturday, July 23 - Autocross at The Tire Rack (In South Bend, IN)
7:30am to 8am MSC/SCCA Staff Meeting
8:00am to 9:00am Registration, Drivers Meeting, and Course Walk
9:30am First Car on Autocross
All Events Run Rain Or Shine
$180 - Complete 3-Day Event Pass (includes all below)
$30 - Single Day Thursday Cruise, T-Shirt, Cookout, Car Show, and Entertainment
$150 - Single Day Friday Gingerman Track Day
$50 - Single Day Saturday Autocross
We have posted pictures in our galleries on Flickr and on facebook. See the links below.
MS Challenge Pics - Lots of photos Including 1032 Photos By Car Number Added 8/4/15!
The Motor State Challenge was once again an incredible weekend of competition and camaraderie. Participants travelled from throughout the United States to take part in this annual competition. Thanks to picture perfect weather over 80 participants made this edition of the Motor State Challenge one of the largest in its seven-year history.
The three-day event began on Thursday with a sixty-mile trip through the southwest Michigan countryside with a slow cruise through downtown St. Joseph, Michigan and historic Silver Beach. The trip ended at Warren Dunes State Park for a beach party barbecue cooked and served by the Allstar Performance team. Guests also took advantage of the beautiful Lake Michigan sand dune beach backdrop for numerous photo sessions. Thanks to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Motorcycle Unit for their VIP escort the entire route to the beach.
Day two had 70 entries spend the day at the 2.1 mile Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, Michigan. The track day gave each competitor six separate sessions to turn laps and improve their lap times throughout the day.
The final day of the event saw 75 competitors head to Tire Rack in South Bend, Indiana for a final day of autocross competition. The event finished with numerous class and special awards as well as the awarding of the Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Certificate. See below for full list of results.
The seventh annual Motor State Challenge was sponsored in part by: Allstar Performance, Optima Batteries, Ridetech, Detroit Speed, Aeroquip, ARP, Holley, QA1, Magnaflow, Edelbrock, K&N Filters, MSD Performance, Wilwood, C & R Racing, Royal Purple, and Hawk Performance
A special thank goes to the South Bend Region of the SCCA for all their support and hard work ensuring the two days of competition were safe as well as extremely enjoyable for everyone.
Champion: Billy Utley - #85 1972 Chevrolet Nova (23 Points
2nd Place: Danny King – #76 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (15 Points)
3rd Place: Rich Gregory – #33 1969 Chevrolet Camaro (13 Points)
Champion: Chris Jacobs – #66 2001 Chevrolet Corvette (23 Points)
2nd Place: Brad Yonkers – #19 2002 Chevrolet Corvette (15 Points)
3rd Place: Zack Rogers – #96 1994 Ford Mustang (13 Points)
Champion: Chris Smith (Ridetech) #3 1972 Chevrolet Corvette (23 Points)
2nd Place: Bret Voelkel (Ridetech) - #1 1967 Chevrolet Camaro (17 Points)
3rd Place: Jason Kolk (Street or Track) #39 1966 Ford Mustang (16 Points)
Champion: John Fehring (Hoosier Performance Engineering) - #86 2000 Pontiac Trans Am (21 Points)
2nd Place: Jim McKamey (Ridetech) - #2 2000 Chevrolet Corvette (21 Points)
3rd Place: Jeff Schwartz (Schwartz Performance) - #41 2015 Chevrolet Corvette (21 Points)
Jim Stehlin – #73 1973 Chevrolet Camaro
Jim will now be headed to this year's Optima Search for the Ultimate Street Car Invitational in Las Vegas, Nevada November 7-8.
Todd Gartshore Memorial Award: Matt Altamore #59 – 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
Long Distance Award: Kenny Edwards #98 – 1966 Ford Mustang
People's Choice Award: Gordon Rojewski - #67 1967 Chevrolet Camaro
Fastest Lap Awards
GingerMan Vintage: Danny King #76 – 1:40.742 1969 Chevrolet Camaro
GingerMan Late Model: Brad Yonkers #19 – 1:41.090 2002 Chevrolet Corvette
GingerMan Mfg. Vintage: MChris Smith #3 – 1:43.561 – (Ridetech) 1972 Chevrolet Corvette
GingerMan Mfg. Late Model: Jeff Schwartz #41 – 1:39.626 (Schwartz Performance) 2015 Chevrolet Corvette
Autocross Vintage: Billy Utley #85 – 36.525 1972 Chevrolet Nova
Autocross Late Model: Chris Jacobs #66 – 36.566 2001 Chevrolet Corvette
Autocross Mfg. Vintage: Jason Kolk #39 – 36.705 – (Street or Track) 1966 Mustang
Autocross Mfg. Late Model: John Fehring #86 – 35.866 (Hoosier Performance Engineering) 2000 Pontiac Trans Am
GingerMan Results (68KB PDF)
Autocross Results (458KB PDF)