Kia Motors Returns to Daytona to Begin Sophomore Racing Season in The U.S.

Posted on 24. Jan, 2011 by in Kia Canada


Adam Burrows, Trevor Hopwood, Nic Jnsson and Andy Lally Return to Pilot Two Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koups in a GRAND-AM 200 on Jan 28

  • Kia Motors and Kinetic Motorsports demeanour for large gains in second year of racing in GRAND-AM’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series’ Street Tuner (ST) class
  • No. 10 and No. 12 Forte Koups rebuilt for 2011 deteriorate regulating believe gained from program’s “development year” in 2010

IRVINE, Calif., Jan 24, 2011 – Kia Motors arrived during Daytona International Speedway final year with no prior racing knowledge in America, though a company’s first-ever U.S. motorsports module fast held a courtesy of GRAND-AM competitors and fans as a No. 10 and No. 12 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koups racked adult an considerable list of accomplishments in a “development year” in a 2010 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series’ Street Tuner (ST) class, including dual tip 5 and 6 tip 10 finishes, heading dual races, and ranking fifth in a engine manufacturer standings. One year later, Kia and racing partner Kinetic Motorsports will lapse to Daytona for a GRAND-AM 200 on Jan 28 with increasing expectations after an off-season spent enlightening a Forte Koups formed on a lessons schooled in 2010.

After finishing 19th (No. 12) and 31st (No. 10) in Kia’s Daytona debut, Kinetic Motorsports fast embarked on a header growth module for a Forte Koups with several additional changes implemented as a deteriorate progressed, including a new final expostulate gear, a lighter weight flywheel and purchase public and new empty system.

Kia Motors earnings to Daytona to start sophomore racing deteriorate in a U.S.

“Right from a start it was easy to see a extensive intensity of a Kia Forte Koups final year as both cars valid to be arguable and remarkably manageable to motorist input,” pronounced Andy Lally, motorist of a No. 10 Forte Koup. “With a opening improvements a group during Kinetic Motorsports was means to make via a season, and after a few months of contrast and adjusting given a final race, a whole group is vehement and confident about a intensity for a Kia racing module in 2011 and beyond.”

After a season-ending eventuality during Miller Motorsports Park in Utah, a Forte Koups underwent a finish disassembly and extensive reconstruct designed to revoke a altogether weight of a cars per GRAND-AM rules. The Forte Koups are returning to Daytona approximately 100 pounds lighter than final year.

“Our primary objectives in 2010 were to get a Kia Forte Koups on a lane and learn as most as we presumably could during each event while also creation improvements as a deteriorate progressed to be unchanging and rival for a first-year program,” pronounced Christian Rushforth, Kinetic Motorsports’ Kia plan engineer. “While we positively did learn a lot, and in some cases might have exceeded a possess goals, including heading a few races, a whole off-season module was formed on a idea of removing a Kia Forte Koups on a lectern in 2011.”

In further to off-season car development, Kia’s racing module and a Kinetic Motorsports group also served as high-profile code ambassadors for Kia Motors by chubby dealers and group members into a Forte Koups for prohibited laps during Las Vegas Motor Speedway as partial of a company’s inhabitant play assembly in October. Kia also called on group drivers Burrows and Jnsson to assistance deliver consumers to a brand’s first-ever turbocharged car in a U.S., a all-new 2011 Optima SX1, with tradition video segments filmed during Willow Springs Raceway and Palm Beach International Raceway that can be noticed during Kia’s automobile uncover displays opposite a country. Capping off a bustling off-season, a No. 12 Kia Forte Koup also was recently featured in a Feb emanate of Road Track magazine.

“We are unapproachable of a good strides and accomplishments a Kia racing group done in a initial year, and as we demeanour brazen to a illusory deteriorate of racing in 2011 we are also anticipating new and innovative ways to showcase a racing efforts to enthusiasts and unapproachable Kia owners opposite a country,” pronounced Michael Sprague, clamp president, selling communications, Kia Motors America.

In further to maintaining a finish motorist roster, Infinity Audio whose high-end audio systems are offering in several Kia vehicles earnings for a second year as a pretension unite of a Kia motorsports module in 2011.

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.

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