Kia Forte Koups Make California Racing Debut This Weekend during Round Eight of a GRAND-AM Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge

Posted on 07. Jul, 2011 by in Kia Canada

KIA FORTE KOUPS MAKE CALIFORNIA RACING DEBUT THIS WEEKEND AT ROUND EIGHT OF THE GRAND-AM CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE

Kia Racing Returns to Action After Victory during Road America

  • No. 10 Infinity Audio Forte Koup enters Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca heading a Street Tuner (ST) Team standings; Nic Jnsson leads a ST Driver standings

  • Kia Racing to contest in a company’s home state for a initial time; enters a foe in third position in a ST Engine Manufacturer standings
  • IRVINE, Calif., Jul 07, 2011 – On a heels of Kia Racing’s second GRAND-AM feat of a year during Road America final month, a Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koups lapse to a lane in Kia Motors America’s (KMA) home state of California for a eighth turn of a 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) deteriorate during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. With 3 races remaining in a CTSCC season, Kia Racing and partner Kinetic Motorsports have their sights set on improving in a ST Engine Manufacturer standings, while a No. 10 Forte Koup piloted by Michael Galati and Nic Jnsson aims to keep a tip symbol in a ST Team standings and Jnsson now a tip ST motorist hopes to in. closer to a championship.

    Following Kia Racing’s second feat during final month’s Road America 200, Michael Galati and Nic Jnsson will co-drive a No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup on Saturday in a Continental Tire Sports Car Festival during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Photo Credit: Melissa K. Smith Photography

    With renewed movement following a win during Road America, Kia’s second-year racing module heads to a West Coast where it will be greeted during a lane in Salinas, Calif., by a vast roving jubilee of KMA organisation members from a company’s U.S. domicile as good as a vast fortuitous of dealers from via a Northern California area. The 2.24-mile, 11-turn highway march with betterment changes and unconditional high-speed turns should make for an sparkling foe and play to a Forte Koup’s strengths.

    “Our second win of a deteriorate has given a whole Kia family means for celebration, though we still have 3 races left to go this season,” pronounced Michael Sprague, clamp president, selling communications, KMA. “A large organisation of KMA organisation members and Kia dealers from via a San Francisco Bay Area are looking brazen to welcoming a organisation to California, and after a success during Road America we are assured that a Forte Koups’ superb doing and braking characteristics will compare adult good with Laguna Seca’s severe layout.”

    Co-drivers of a No. 12 Forte Koup Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood will applaud their 50th foe start as a organisation this weekend anticipating to urge on their sixth-place finish during Road America.

    The foe will be promote on Sunday, Jul 17 during 1:00 p.m. ET on a SPEED Channel. Race fans can follow Kia’s motorsports module and accept live updates during www.facebook.com/kiaracing.

    Road America 200 Race Recap

    Following unsatisfactory outings during Lime Rock Park and Watkins Glen International, Kia Racing headed to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisc. with an eye on improving in all 3 CTSCC standings Street Tuner (ST) Driver, Team, and Manufacturer. The No. 10 and 12 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koups returned to a lane for their second-consecutive dusk foe and done their entrance on a famed Wisconsin highway course.

    Coming into a Road America 200, a organisation knew that a prolonged straights and betterment changes would put a Forte Koups during a waste opposite some-more absolute turbocharged competitors. And yet, notwithstanding a plea Road America presented, a Kinetic Motorsports organisation was assured a Forte Koups’ higher braking and doing characteristics as good as a extensive ability of a drivers Jnsson and Galati in a No. 10 automobile and Burrows and Hopwood in a No. 12 automobile would keep them rival during a race.

    Benefitting from several weeks of credentials time during Kinetic Motorsports’ domicile in Buford, Georgia, both foe cars exceeded a team’s initial expectations during early use sessions. Qualifying valid that a plain use performances were not an curiosity as a No. 12 automobile piloted by Hopwood cumulative a seventh position on a grid and Galati nabbed a third symbol in a No. 10 car. It fast became clear that a Forte Koup’s advantages in a braking and cornering zones would keep them rival via a race.

    Galati started behind-the-wheel of a No. 10 Forte Koup and spent scarcely all of his time in a automobile fending off relentless attacks from some-more absolute cars. Meanwhile, Hopwood started in a No. 12 automobile and found himself using nose-to-tail with teammate Galati only mins into a event. The twin decently kick behind hurdles from turbocharged competitors to stay in 5th and 6th place until an collision during a 20 minute-mark resulted in a full march caution.

    The No. 10 and 12 cars continued in 5th and 6th and afterwards 4th and 5th places heading adult to a 1.5 hour mark. Following incident-free racing for a initial 20 minutes, accidents and automatic issues involving competitors kept a lane underneath yellow several times for a initial half of a Road America 200.

    After creation a vital preference to stay out during a full march counsel during 45 minutes, a Kinetic organisation brought Galati and No. 10 in for array stop with only over an hour left to go in a 2.5 hour race. A flawless array stop to change tires and supplement fuel authorised new motorist Jnsson to react a foe while still underneath counsel and in a same altogether position (fourth) as Galati had entered array row.

    Hopwood used a full march counsel during a 1.5 hour symbol to his advantage and fast navigated a No. 12 automobile to a tip position once a full march counsel was lifted. An additional full march counsel only mins after brought No. 12 behind to array quarrel to reinstate tires, supplement fuel and switch drivers.

    A longer than approaching stop changed a No. 12 automobile behind to 12th position, though that teenager reversal did not deter new motorist Burrows as he changed adult to 9th position in only 20 mins and eventually took sixth place with 25 mins left in a race.

    While Burrows was relocating by a field, Jnsson maneuvered his approach into a tip 3 with 45 mins left to foe and entered into a extreme conflict for initial with a Volkswagen GTI. The multi-lap conflict grew some-more sparkling as a No. 18 BMW a fastest ST-class automobile on a lane assimilated in a foe for a lead with 30 mins remaining. A few mins later, Jnsson’s unusual pushing pushed his Forte Koup into a lead, only before a BMW gifted a automatic emanate that sent a automobile tough into a petrify barrier. While a motorist was unhurt, a impact caused poignant repairs to a maintaining wall and eventually compulsory a foe to finish underneath a yellow flag.

    The black finish to a foe hastened a well-deserved feat for a Kia Racing organisation a second win of a deteriorate for Jnsson and Galati and a sixth place finish for a No. 12 automobile organisation BurHop’s best finish of a 2011 season. The Road America foe noted a second time this year both Forte Koups finished in a tip 10.

    The Road America feat propelled Kia’s second-year motorsports module and racing partner Kinetic Motorsports to a tip of a ST organisation and motorist standings. In addition, a team’s superb opening during Road America changed Kia to a third position in a ST engine manufacturer standings.

    About Kia Motors America

    Kia Motors America (KMA) is a selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 730 dealers via a United States and serves as a “Official Automotive Partner of a NBA.” In 2010, KMA accessible a best-ever U.S. sales and 16th uninterrupted year of increasing U.S. marketplace share. Kia is staid to continue a movement and will continue to build a code by pattern innovation, quality, value, reserve facilities and new technologies.

    Information about Kia Motors America and a full car choice is accessible during a website www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, revisit www.kiamedia.com.

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