Kia Racing Aims to Cap Successful Rookie Season in Pirelli World Challenge during Sonoma

Posted on 23. Aug, 2012 by in Kia Canada


Turbocharged Optimas Make First Appearance in Wine Country for 2012 Finale

  • No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima commander Michael Galati now fourth in a Grand Touring Sport (GTS) points after back-to-back top-five finishes during Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Galati, teammate Mark Wilkins and associate World Challenge racers to contend with reconfigured Sonoma Raceway
  • IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 23, 2012 – Taking impulse from a best pinots and zinfandels constructed in a region, Kia Racing rolls into Wine Country looking for a clever finish. After 6 podiums and dual victories in what was approaching to be a expansion year for a turbocharged Infinity Audio Optimas, a 2012 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) deteriorate has incited out to be one to deteriorate for Kia Racing’s immature team. And Saturday’s PWC deteriorate culmination during a Raceway during Sonoma offers a possibility to top it off in style.


    Michael Galati secures back-to-back top-five finishes in a No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima in turn 10 and eleven of a Pirelli World Challenge during Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course–>

    “We’ve had an implausible initial year with some superb results,” pronounced five-time World Challenge champion Michael Galati. “The group has grown a Optima to be a genuine aspirant in this class, and we consider we have something good going for 2013 and beyond. With this illusory group and a Optima platform, we am assured we have what it takes to run for a championship subsequent season.”

    Although this will be a first-ever coming by a turbocharged Optimas during a Raceway during Sonoma and Galati’s initial revisit to a scenic and storied trickery given 2004 Kia Racing won’t be a usually group anticipating their orientation when use starts today. The whole PWC margin will be racing to acclimate to a new lane pattern that includes modifications to turns seven, 9 and 11 to emanate additional flitting opportunities on a twisted 12-turn circuit.

    “The Optima loves long, fast, unconditional corners and carousels, and Sonoma has lots of those,” pronounced Canadian Mark Wilkins, who has a competition win and stick position to his credit notwithstanding fasten Kia Racing 4 races into a season. “2012 has been an well-developed year for us, and we devise to tighten a deteriorate on a high note. Finishing good during Sonoma will propel us into 2013 more-than-ready to make a run during a championship.”

    The PWC-sanctioned B-Spec racing array will also tighten a initial deteriorate during Sonoma, and Kia Racing will be represented with dual Rio 5-doors during a bustling weekend, that includes 3 apart races for a grassroots array that pits a latest subcompact-class cars from several manufacturers opposite one another. Two races will take place on Saturday, Aug 25 with a final scheduled for Sunday, Aug 26.

    PWC Round 12 during a Sonoma Grand Prix takes place on Saturday, Aug 25 during 3 p.m. ET. Check out live competition status, photos and updates during Race fans can also watch a competition live during and balance in for radio coverage on Sunday, Sep 9 during 3:30 p.m. ET on a NBC Sports Network.

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