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Arsham finishes fourth in thrilling battle at Thunderhill

Willows, CA – Ali Arsham, driving the Wheels Hyundai Genesis Coupe finished fourth in the United States Touring Car Championship (USTCC) round 1 at Thunderhill Raceway on April 14, 2024.
Arsham did not have it easy and had to skip a wet qualifying. “We had a set of rain tires get stolen from our storage trailer so I chose to sit out the session and start from the back of the field. It was not a great feeling but I wanted to make sure that our clients were taken care of and in the end it was great to see them battle for pole position,” said Arsham after qualifying.

At the start of the race, the entire row just ahead had a much slower reaction time and cause dArsham some delay. After finally getting away he worked his way up and was up to third place when a full course yellow came out. At the restart, traffic once again played a major role and caused Andy Chittum, driving the other Hyundai Genesis to get a jump. Arsham had two laps to get by Chittum but there was no opportunity for a pass.

At the end, a fourth place was a good way to start the season considering that Arsham started in 9th place. “It was a weird weekend and we had zero practice time in the #33 Hyundai. I was actually very impressed with our baseline setup that we prepared at the shop before arriving at the track. Thanks to Reza for making a solid recommendation on the right tires to choose for the race. The car was a blast to drive and we should be much stronger at the next race,” commented Arsham. Racing Team is a professional racing team that has been winning races since 1994 and has grown from one car to seven cars. The team has won dozens of championships since then in different classes and different cars. The team most recently won the driver’s championship in the United States Touring Car Championship in 2019 and placed second in the Team Championship. The team does more than just win races though. The team has built some awesome project cars, including ones for the SEMA show for major manufacturers including General Motors, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota and Kia.

USTCC is a professional road racing series comprising of late model sport compact sedans such as BMW 3 series, Mazdaspeed 3, Hyundai Genesis Coupe, Chevrolet Corvette, Porsche 911, Audi R8, Ford Mustang, Honda Civic and others. The cars use slightly modified engines and highly modified suspensions with aerodynamic ground effects and sticky Hankook slick race tires. The races can be seen exclusively on Final Drive TV available on NBC Sports on Xfinity cable, Dish Network, DirecTV and AT&T U-verse. For more information on USTCC, visit

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