Kia Racing Announces Driver Lineup for 2012 Pirelli World Challenge Championships Season

Posted on 14. Mar, 2012 by in Kia Canada


Michael Galati and Colin Braun to Pilot Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Turbo charged Optimas in Kia’s Inaugural World Challenge Season

  • Michael Galati (No. 36 Optima) earnings to Kia Racing after assisting a fast-growing code win a first-ever GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge championships final season

  • Colin Braun (No. 38 Optima) brings a resources of pushing knowledge to Kia Racing following stints in a NASCAR Nationwide Series and Camping World Truck Series
  • IRVINE, Calif., Mar 14, 2012 – Kia Motors America (KMA) will turn a initial Korean manufacturer to contest in a Pirelli World Challenge (PWC), and together with racing partner Kinetic Motorsports, Kia Racing has fabricated a world-class motorist lineup for a 2012 season, that starts on a Streets of St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday, Mar 24. Fresh off his 2011 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Team title, five-time World Challenge Drivers’ champion Michael Galati will expostulate a No. 36 Optima SX in a GTS class. Racing corresponding with Galati will be Kia Racing’s newest group member, 23-year-old Colin Braun, pushing a No. 38 Optima.

    “The Kia Racing group and Kinetic Motorsports have achieved impossibly good in only 3 years of veteran foe and rising a Optima Turbo into World Challenge outlines another sparkling step in a enlargement of a brand,” pronounced Michael Sprague, clamp president, selling communications, KMA. “With a talent we have behind a circle and in a shop, Kia Racing has turn a world-class motorsport organization, and everybody during Kia is looking brazen to being a partial of it for 2012.”

    With his 2011 GRAND-AM championships now in a record books, motorist Michael Galati is prepared to get a World Challenge deteriorate rolling. “Getting to expostulate for Kia Racing and Kinetic Motorsports again is a illusory opportunity,” pronounced Galati.”We gifted good success final year in GRAND-AM with a Forte Koup winning Kia’s first-ever highway racing championship, and hopefully we can keep that movement going in World Challenge with this new turbocharged Optima racecar. The automobile already handles unusually good and is impossibly fast, notwithstanding a singular contrast we’ve done. we can’t wait to get on a lane during St. Pete.”

    Bringing a different credentials to a Kia Racing module that ranges from open-wheel regulation cars all a approach to NASCAR stockers, Colin Braun joins a group carrying amassed 17 years of rival pushing success. Braun’s racing resume includes stints in a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series with Krohn Racing, a NASCAR Nationwide Series with Roush-Fenway Racing and, many recently, a Camping World Truck Series with Billy Ballew Motorsports.

    “I’m unequivocally looking brazen to being a partial of such a successful team, and to play a purpose in Kia’s enlargement into World Challenge is truly exciting,” pronounced Braun. “The Kia Optima Turbo competition automobile is positively overwhelming and while it’s still really early in a development, I’m totally psyched for a 2012 deteriorate and display this automobile off around a nation to all a World Challenge fans.”

    With dual Optima Turbo sedans fabricated during Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) and dual highly-skilled drivers on a team, spirits are using high for a group as Kia’s PWC entrance nears. Kia and Kinetic Motorsports will salute a group members who work during a automaker’s open plant in West Point, Ga., on Tuesday, Mar 27 for a initial open phenomenon of a racecars.

    “Kinetic Motorsports is really vehement with KMA’s enlargement of a racing module to embody a turbocharged Optimas in World Challenge. The charge of building a Optima into a rival GTS automobile is a plea that we are looking brazen to,” pronounced Russell Smith, owners of Kinetic Motorsports. “Together with a Optima World Challenge, a B-Spec Rio entering during a grassroots turn and a No. 10 and 12 Forte Koups fortifying their GRAND-AM titles, it should make for a really bustling year for us and an interesting one for Kia Racing fans everywhere.”

    Round 1 and 2 of a 2012 PWC deteriorate flog off during a Streets of St. Petersburg on Saturday, Mar 24 and Sunday, Mar 25. Check out live competition status, photos, and updates during and watch live competition streaming during Race fans can also balance in to see a racing movement on a new NBC Sports Network on Sunday, Apr 8 during 4:30 p.m. ET.

    About Kia Motors America
    Kia Motors America 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 755 dealers via a United States and serves as a “Official Automotive Partner of a NBA.” In 2011, KMA accessible a best-ever annual sales sum and became one of a fastest flourishing automobile companies in a U.S. Kia is staid to continue a movement and will continue to build a code by pattern innovation, quality, value, modernized reserve facilities and new technologies.

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