Kia Motors Captures First Racing Victory in Company History

Posted on 11. Apr, 2011 by in Kia Canada


Michael Galati and Nic Jnsson Drive a No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup to Victory Lane during Barber Motorsports Park

  • Kia’s second-year motorsports module took a mottled dwindle in Saturday’s GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition in Birmingham, Ala.
  • Large throng of internal Kia dealers and group members from a company’s U.S. public plant in circuitously West Point, Georgia were on palm to see Kia’s first-ever win

IRVINE, Calif., Apr 11, 2011 – It was a ancestral weekend for Kia Motors’ second-year motorsports module as Michael Galati and Nic Jnsson co-drove a No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup to a company’s first-ever racing feat in a Street Tuner (ST) category of a GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) competition in Birmingham, Ala. A vast fortuitous of Kia dealers and group members from Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) filled a Barber Motorsports Park stands to watch Kia win a Barber 200 in only a third competition following a team’s “development year” in 2010.

“After starting a year with dual tip 10 formula and a initial lectern finish, we arrived during Barber Motorsports Park with high expectations and a sights set on earning Kia’s first-ever victory,” pronounced Michael Sprague, clamp president, selling communications, Kia Motors America. “With a vicinity to KMMG, a Barber competition was a bit of a homecoming for us, and a efforts of Michael, Nic and a whole Kinetic Motorsports organisation led to this extensive milestone. Notching a initial win with a vast series of Kia group members and dealers entertaining us on done a outcome even some-more memorable.”

The No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup warranted Kia Motors’ first-ever racing feat during Saturday’s Barber 200 in Birmingham, Ala.

In further to a victory, a pushing span of Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood accessible their initial tip 10 finish of a year in a No. 12 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup.

After subordinate in a sixteenth position, Michael Galati maneuvered a No. 10 Forte Koup by a margin and into a tip 10 early in a competition before handing a automobile off to Jnsson as partial of a flawless array stop with 90 mins remaining in a dual and a half hour event.

With Jnsson behind a wheel, a No. 10 automobile fast changed adult a grid and into a tip 5 before overtaking a personality with only over 30 mins remaining in a race. Jnsson led a final 23 laps as he hold off several challengers on his approach to securing Kia’s first-ever mottled flag.

Michael Galati and Nic Jonsson co-drove a No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup to a initial place finish in a GRAND-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge competition on Saturday, Apr 9. The Barber 200 feat was Kia’s initial racing win in association history.

“It’s scarcely unheard of for a second year racing module to mount on tip of a podium, and currently was a special day for Kia Motors and Kinetic Motorsports,” pronounced Jnsson. “It’s even improved that we were means to broach a initial win with so many Kia dealers and group members from a plant here, and this outcome would not have been probable but a untiring efforts and joining from each member of a racing team.”

Racing fans can watch Kia competition to a first-ever feat when SPEED broadcasts a Barber 200 on Saturday, Apr 16 during 2:00 p.m. ET. The Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koups will lapse for turn 4 of a CTSCC on May 14 during Virginia International Raceway, and fans can follow their swell and accept live updates from a lane during

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