Street Cars Rule on Mavtv's New Reality Series

MAV TV takes viewers on a ride starting Friday, August 1st, 2014 as it follows OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car to race tracks around the country.

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| Source: Ultimate Street Car Association

Grafton, Wisc., July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Get ready to relive all of the excitement of OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car 2014 season when MAVTV debuts its newest series Friday, August 1st.  Follow along as the OPTIMA Search for the Ultimate Street Car visits some of the most legendary racetracks in the U.S. in search of the nation's best performance street cars and watch as the drivers compete in an action packed pentathlon  of driving challenges that puts their cars and driving skills through the ultimate test.

"OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car" pits drivers of street-legal performance cars against one another as they battle for an invitation to the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway following the 2014 SEMA Show.  To earn a spot in the "Big Show," drivers must compete in the Detroit Speed and Engineering Road Rally, the Ridetech Autocross and the Wilwood Disc Brakes Speed Stop Challenge, have their vehicles' judged in the Lingenfelter Performance Engineering Design and Engineering competition and finally try to set the fastest lap in their class during the BFG Road Course Challenge.  Adding to the excitement of the series are the track locations themselves, with drivers proving their mettle while following in the footsteps of racing legends as they tackle Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca's famous "corkscrew" or navigate the famous Rolex24 course at Daytona at night and under the lights.

The TV series kicks off Friday, August 1st with an introductory episode introducing viewers to the event concept, philosophies, and sponsors.   Starting with week 2, viewers will be introduced to tracks, drivers, and their vehicles. Beyond driving coverage, the show will give viewers a behind the scenes look at what it's like to compete in these events as drivers push themselves and their cars to the limit.  Follow along as the drivers deal with triumph, disappointment, mechanical failures as well as physical and emotional stress, as they prepare to leave it all on the track in an effort to secure a spot in the OPTIMA Ultimate Street Car Invitational.

Don't miss your chance to join in on the action and get yourself and your car featured on the show.  There are still three events left in the season as the series heads to Michigan International Speedway, Sebring International Race Complex and Pittsburgh International Race Complex over the next three months.  Head over to www.DriveUSCA.com to purchase driver or spectator tickets for upcoming events and be sure to check out the new "News" section while you're there to see race recaps, series news and special discount offers.

Don't forget to catch the premier of "OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car" Friday night at 8PM ET/PT. If you don't have MAVTV or don't know where to find it, contact your TV provider or click here for more information on where to find the show.

Upcoming Air Dates for August:

August 1st 8PM OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car TV Series Introduction Special
August 1st 11PM OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car TV Series Introduction Special
August 2nd 8PM OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car TV Series Introduction Special
August 3rd 5AM OPTIMA's Search for the Ultimate Street Car TV Series Introduction Special
August 8th 8PM USCA Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
August 8th 11PM USCA Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
August 9th 8PM USCA Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
August 10th 5AM USCA Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
August 15th 8PM USCA Texas Motor Speedway
August 15th 11PM USCA Texas Motor Speedway
August 16th 8PM USCA Texas Motor Speedway
August 17th 5AM USCA Texas Motor Speedway
August 22nd 8PM USCA Daytona International Speedway
August 22nd 11PM USCA Daytona International Speedway
August 23rd 8PM USCA Daytona International Speedway
August 24th 5AM USCA Daytona International Speedway
August 29th 8PM USCA Auto Club Speedway
August 29th 11PM USCA Auto Club Speedway
August 30th 8PM USCA Auto Club Speedway
August 31st 5AM USCA Auto Club Speedway