Kia Motors’ U.S. Motorsports Program Scores First-Ever Podium Finish <br>at Daytona International Speedway

Posted on 31. Jan, 2011 by in Kia Canada


Andy Lally and Nic Jnsson Drive a No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup to Second Place Finish in Season Opener

  • Kia Motors reaches feat line for a initial time in a GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge
  • Kinetic Motorsports’ off-season engine and automobile growth module delivers dramatically softened path times in Kia’s lapse to Daytona

IRVINE, Calif., Jan 31, 2011 – Kia Motors’ dual Infinity Audio Forte Koups valid they will be a force to be reckoned with in their second year on a Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge circuit as a pushing group of Andy Lally and Nic Jnsson piloted a No. 10 automobile to a second place finish in final week’s GRAND-AM 200 during a mythological Daytona International Speedway. The lectern finish is a initial for Kia Motors and racing partner Kinetic Motorsports, and was achieved in a initial competition following a execution of a program’s “development year” in 2010.

“For Kia’s second-year motorsports module to strech a lectern for a initial time during a universe famous Daytona International Speedway is an extraordinary accomplishment, and a reverence to a tough work Kinetic Motorsports put into a Forte Koups during a off-season and a superb bid of each organisation member during a competition track,” pronounced Michael Sprague, clamp president, selling and communications, Kia Motors America. “The intercourse and diligence of Nic and Andy and a vicious drafting assistance from teammates Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood done a competition and a outcome even some-more memorable.”

Following a 2nd Place Finish for a #10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup in a GRAND-AM 200 in Daytona, Drivers Nic Jnsson and Andy Lally Celebrate Kia Motors America’s First Podium Finish in Motorsports

The impact of Kinetic Motorsports’ off-season modifications were apparent in early use and subordinate sessions as a Kia Forte Koups posted path times scarcely 7 seconds faster than 2010. Andy Lally and a No. 10 automobile started in a 18th position and he fast changed adult a grid and into a tip 10 within a initial 5 laps of a dual and a half hour race.

Nic Jnsson got behind a circle of a No. 10 Forte Koup following a flawless array stop usually past a mid indicate of a competition and with dual laps remaining he had changed into a tip three. Jnsson’s run to a front of a container was aided by drafting assistance from Burrows and a No. 12 automobile that had climbed some-more than 25 spots in a early partial of a competition though fell behind by several laps after a damaged chair caused by a use event strike compulsory endless repairs.

With reduction than 10 mins remaining in a competition and a No. 10 Forte Koup sitting in third place, racing resumed after a yellow dwindle and Jnsson surged to second place on a final path after completing a formidable pass in spin one and finished reduction than one second behind a leader to constraint Kia’s first-ever lectern finish.

“Reaching a lectern during Daytona is a illusory miracle for both Kia Motors and Kinetic Motorsports,” pronounced Jnsson. “It’s a second year of a Forte Koup program, and to grasp this outcome in a initial competition of a 2011 deteriorate is unimaginable and something that was usually done probable by a tough work and loyalty of each member of a team.”

Racing fans can watch Kia competition to a initial lectern when SPEED broadcasts a GRAND-AM 200 on Saturday, Feb 5 during 3 p.m. ET. The Kia Forte Koups will lapse for turn dual of a Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge on Mar 5 during Miami-Homestead Speedway.

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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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