• Episode 36
Round two of the 2014 Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship. Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch, just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.
In the Touring Class, Mike Sekhon took the checkered flag first in his BTM Motorwerks BMW M3 but was later repositioned to fourth place. Taking the first professional road racing win for Hyundai in America was the team of Sheehan/Arsham in the GoGoGear.com/UTI/ Konig Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
In the GT class it was Daniel Akhromstev's Red Star Racing BMW M3 that beat out the competition from Porsche and Honda.
Season opener of the 2014 Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship. Buttonwillow Raceway Park, just north of Los Angeles. This is a two hour race that started in the daytime and finished at night.
In the Touring class, Jason Alexandridis in his BMW M3 cruises to a win while the fight behind is between Pete Bovenberg's MBO Motorsports Honda Civic and Karl Chicca's Hawk Brake BMW M3.
In the GT class, the race was won by Andrie Hartanto's Supertech/Wicked Tuning Honda S2000. The win did not come easy as three other cars all had a chance to win. Finishing in second was Dave Brown's Hawk Brakes/Competition Clutch Chevrolet Camaro. In third place was Daniel Akhromstev's Red Star Racing BMW M3.
The 2013 USTCC round 2 and round 3 took us to Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California. The races were full of excitement and near collisions as the BMWs were in a fight with the Mazdaspeed 3s against the Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
In the GT class Geoff Sykes has been winning but at Mazda Raceway he had a huge fight on his hand with the Honda S2000 of Andrie Hartanto with the Chevrolet Camaro of Karl Chicca mixing it up as well.
The 2013 USTCC season starts in Northern California's Thunderhill Raceway. The battle of BMWs vs. Mazdas builds as the two Mazdas of Tim Barber and Bob Bradfield go against the BMWs of Brad McClure, Doug Makishima and Dave Brown. Dave Brown leads the early stages until he gets passed by Barber. A lap later Barber's engine explodes and with one lap remaining McClure makes a pass on Brown to win the race.
In the GT class Daniel Akhromstev had a big battle with Geoff Sykes with Sykes eventually taking the checkered flag. Rob Rodriguez looked strong at first with his Noble M400 but ended up exloding his gearbox in the race.
The Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) teams at the final race of the 2012 season. Winning from pole position was the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart of Dave Brown and Karl Chicca. The big battle was for the season championship which was a fight between Chris Lock's Honda Prelude and Robert Thorne's Volvo C30. A late race full course yellow helped Thorne just edge out Lock by a tie breaker.
Ken Kurtz won the GT class race and championship.
The Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) teams race at the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship event at Sonoma Raceway on Sept 23, 2012. Winning from pole position was the Brandon Kraus / Pete Bovenberg team in their Ettore Squeegee Honda Civic. Not far behind was the KPAX Volvo of Robert Thorne who was followed by the Roger Kraus Racing Honda of Chris Lock.
Ken Kurtz won the GT class in the TPIS/Yokohama Pontiac Trans Am followed by Geoff Sykes in the Replay HD BMW M3 and Henry Schmitt in the San Francisco BMW M3.
The Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) teams race at the inaugural FIA World Touring Car Championship event at Sonoma Raceway on Sept 22, 2012. Winning from pole position was the Brandon Kraus / Pete Bovenberg team in their Ettore Squeegee Honda Civic. Not far behind was the KPAX Volvo of Robert Thorne who was followed by the Neillo Mini Cooper S of Andy Chittum.• Episode 29
Larry Bani scores his first win in USTCC in the GoGoGear.com/ Universal Technical Institute BMW M3. Bani is followed by Chris Lock in the Roger Kraus Racing Honda Prelude and Felipe Cabezas who is leading the championship points in the TNI Racing Mazdaspeed 3. Lock also won the iGrille Top Rookie award at Thunderhill.• Episode 28
The Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship visits Sonoma Raceway for the second time in 2012. This time the Brown/Chicca Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart takes charge and scores a win while the Volvo C30R of Robert Thorne finishes second only to later get disqualified. Felipe Cabezas in the TNI Racing Mazdaspeed 3 finished second and Pete Bovenberg's MBO Motorsports Honda Civic started in last position and finished third.• Episode 27
Round two of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship takes us to Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California for a two hour race. Chris Lock, driving the GoTo Racing Honda Prelude takes the win with a brilliant gamble in the pits to jump ahead of the Auto Parts Warehouse K-Pax Volvo C30. Finishing third in the GoGoGear.com/UTI/DelCity.net Hyundai Genesis Coupe was Ali Arsham who pulled out a terrific strategy with a no stop race.• Episode 26
The 2012 season opener of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship in March 2012 from Infineon Raceway was a big battle between the Mitsubishi of Dave Brown/Karl Chicca, the Mazdaspeed 3 of Felipe Cabezas and the Volvo C30 of Robert Thorne. After a two hour long race, the Volvo came out ahead with Cabezas second. Curt Simmons in the Dodge SRT4 finished third.• Episode 24 & 25
Episode 24 and 25 Takes you to Buttonwillow Raceway for Round 6 and Infineon Raceway for Round 7 of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship. Brandon Kraus in the DW Pumps Honda Prelude is fighting with Pete Bovenberg's MBO Racing Honda Civic to win the championship as it comes down to the last race of the year. Dave Brown is trying to be the spoiler to beat them in the Works / Hawk Brake Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.• Episode 23
Nitto US Touring Car Championship 2011 Round 5 from Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California. Brandon Kraus scores his third win of the year in the Honda Prelude but the competition is tough as Pete Bovenberg's Honda Civic is always there as is three time champion Dave Brown in the Mitsubishi Lancer Ralliart.• Episode 22
Final Drive 22 takes you to rounds 2 and 3 of the 2011 Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA. Watch two separate races as Pete Bovenberg, Curt Simmons, and Brandon Kraus battle for the lead. A special feature of this episode is a special driver profile of USTCC GT driver, Ken Kurtz.
In this episode, Final Drive shows you how to work with steel braided lines and how to properly plumb your race car using Earl's Racing fittings and lines. Next we test drive a car that can get 50 mpg and do 0-60 mph in less than 8 seconds and have room for five people. All for about $40,000. Science fiction? No, actually it is the BMW 320d. We also test a new lens from Tamron, the 28-300 f/3.5-6.3 zoom which can take the place of several lenses in your camera bag. Finally, Final Drive looks at the new Samsung Galaxy Tab to see if it is as good as they say. Tablets are the latest rage and everyone is talking about the Galaxy.• Episode 20
Round 1 of the 2011 Nitto Tires US Touring Car Championship at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA. Many teams suffer mechanical issues but at the end Brandon Kraus in the Honda Prelude manages to win. Felipe Cabezas finishes second and Pete Bovenberg finishes third.• Episode 19
Go across the globe to the Mugello Circuit near Rome and take a tour of the Best Western Hotel Astrid in Rome. Then follow the first Final Drive project car, a 1996 Mazda Miata, as it is cleaned up and practically rebuilt with new parts. With help from some aftermarket companies, the Miata gets a new life instead of heading for the crusher.• Episode 18
Round three of the 2010 Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship at Thunderhill Raceway is a unique 2 hour race format where fuel economy and strategy as well as speed play a vital role. Ken Dobson's FLI Tuning Mazdaspeed 3 takes the early lead while the MBO Racing Honda Civic of Simmons/Bovenberg tries to catch up. Pit stops change the game though as poor fuel economy forces Dobson into a second stop and costs him the win.• Episode 17
Race two of the Nitto Tires US Touring Car Championship takes us to Thunderhill Raceway. Ken Dobson gets the win but a big battle between the BMW of Navid Kahangi, the Honda of Pete Bovenberg, and the Dodge of Curt Simmons makes this an exciting one.• Episode 16
2010 Season of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship gets underway at Infineon Raceway. Great battle between the high horsepower turbocharged front wheel drive Mazdaspeed 3, Chevrolet Cobalt SS and Dodge SRT-4. Curt Simmons takes the early lead but suffers from a broken axle. Ken Dobson ends up winning the race with Pete Bovenberg in second and Ron Valtierra in third.• Episode 15
Round 7 of the 2009 Nitto Tires US Touring Car Championship is full of action with the 2 hour format. Watch the action as Curt Simmons with his Dodge SRT-4 goes against Andy Chittum's BMW 328ti and Pete Bovenberg's Honda Civic. The team of Tom Lepper and Andrie Hartanto switch to a Chevy Cobalt SS to clinch the championship.• Episode 14
Final Drive TV presents Nitto Tire US Touring Car Championship. Watch a great battle between the BMW of Andy Chittum vs. the Honda Civic of Pete Bovenberg as well as the turbo Dodge SRT-4 of Curt Simmons vs. the turbo Chevy of Tom Lepper. Buttonwillow Raceway October 2009• Episode 13
Final Drive TV presents Nitto Tire US Touring Car Championship. Tom Lepper switches from Honda to turbo Chevy power in order to beat Andrie Hartanto's Acura TSX in the high Utah elevation. Mini Cooper of Owen Trinkler had a fierce battle with Curt Simmons in the Dodge SRT-4. Miller Motorsports Park, Salt Lake City, UT. September 2009• Episode 12
Episode 12 covers the introduction of the Ford Fiesta with a rare drive in Europe. The show also takes the viewers to Istanbul, Turkey, Prague, Czech Republic and Milan, Italy.• Episode 11
Final Drive TV presents Nitto Tire US Touring Car Championship. Watch a great battle between the BMW of Andy Chittum vs. the Acura of Tom Lepper vs. the Dodge SRT-4 of Curt Simmons. Plus see the fight between the Mazda of Michael McColligan and the Mini Cooper of Vince Parker. Auto Club Speedway, Fontana, CA. August 2009• Episode 10
Final Drive TV presents Nitto Tire US Touring Car Championship. Watch a great battle between the BMW of Andy Chittum vs. the Acura of Andrie Hartanto plus see the fight between the Mazda of Michael McColligan and the Acura of Rich Woo. Infineon Raceway, Sonoma, CA. June 2009• Episode 9
Final Drive TV presents Nitto Tire US Touring Car Championship. Watch a great battle between the BMW of Andy Chittum vs. the Acura of Andrie Hartanto. Thunderhill Raceway, Willows, CA. May 2009• Episode 8
Final Drive TV Episode 8. Season opener for the 2009 Nitto Tire US Touring Car Championhip action at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA. Great four way battle between Andrie Hartanto's Acura TSX, Andy Chittum's BMW 328ti, Curt Simmons' Dodge SRT-4 and Pete Bovenberg's Honda Civic. April 2009• Episode 7
Nitto Tire USTCC from Buttonwillow, CA November 2008. Andrie Hartanto and his Acura TSX battle Andy Chittum's BMW 328 and Curt Simmons' Dodge SRT-4.• Episode 5
Curt Simmons returns to Infineon in the Dodge SRT-4 and becomes the fourth different winner in as many races in the 2008 Nitto Tires USTCC. Newcomer Andrie Hartanto shows his muscle with a great run.• Episode 6
Andrie Hartanto scores his first win in the RedZone Performance Acura TSX at Thunderhill Raceway in a great battle with Andy Chittum's BTM Motorworks BMW 328ti. Tom Lepper and Curt Simmons make the race more exciting by getting to grid late and starting behind the others.• Episode 4
Andrie Hartanto driving the RedZone Performance/CT Engineering Acura TSX scored his first win at the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) race at Thunderhill Raceway on August 24, 2008. Hartanto became the fifth different winner in as many races this season.• Episode 3
Andy Hope, driving the Opak Racing/Spoon Sports Acura RSX-R, won the Infineon Round of the Nitto Tires United States Touring Car Championship. Hope, who is one of the Editors for Sport Compact Car magazine, was never at the front except for the one lap that counted, the last one. Curt Simmons finished in second place in the Sunnyvale Dodge SRT-4. Simmons started on the pole and led every lap except for the last one. Dave Bongiovanni managed to drive a great race and brought the Goodsport Racing Mitsubishi Evo in third place.• Episode 2
The Goodsport Racing Mitsubishi Evolution, driven by David Bongiovanni, took first place in the first United States Touring Car race of the 2008 season. Held at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, CA, the inaugural race held much promise with good weather, excellent car count, and some fierce competition including past USTCC champions and Grand Am veterans.• Premiere Episode
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