Kia Racing Announces New Driver Pairings for a 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Season

Posted on 23. Jan, 2012 by in Kia Canada

KIA RACING ANNOUNCES NEW DRIVER PAIRINGS FOR THE 2012 GRAND-AM CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE SEASON

2011 Street Tuner Driver Champion Nic Jnsson Reunites With NASCAR’s 2011 Sunoco Sprint Cup Rookie of a Year Andy Lally in a No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup

  • Lally played a vicious purpose in Kia’s 2010 “development year” and helped Kia acquire a first-ever GRAND-AM lectern finish during Daytona International Speedway in Jan 2011

  • Third year module adds flashy brothers Mark and Mathew Pombo to commander a No. 12 Forte Koup and strengthen Kia’s follow for a first-ever manufacturers championship
  • IRVINE, Calif., Jan 23, 2012 – Kia Motors America and racing partner Kinetic Motorsports will start invulnerability of a 2011 Street Tuner (ST) Team and Driver titles with new motorist pairings for both a No. 10 and No. 12 Infinity Audio Forte Koups when a immature dwindle drops on a 2012 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Championship (CTSCC) deteriorate during Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Jan 27. Fresh off his 2011 Sonoco Sprint Cup Rookie of a Year performance, informed face Andy Lally earnings to a Kia Racing program, reuniting with ST Driver champion Nic Jnsson and a No. 10 car. Lally and Jnsson were final seen capturing Kia’s first-ever GRAND-AM lectern during Daytona in Jan 2011 before Lally left to pursue his dream of competing in NASCAR Sprint Cup.

    “I’m anxious to be enclosed with Kinetic Motorsports and Kia Racing again for a 2012 deteriorate and am vehement to be teamed with Nic for a run during a championship,” pronounced Lally. “The Kia Forte Koups are some of a best prepared competition cars we have ever driven, and we am looking brazen to removing a deteriorate started.”

    “Having Andy behind as my teammate again full time is really sparkling for a whole Kia Racing and Kinetic Motorsports team,” pronounced Jnsson. “We are looking brazen to kicking off 2012 and fortifying a Driver and Team championships.”

    In further to posterior back-to-back championships, Kia and Kinetic will aggressively contest for a manufacturers’ pretension and dual new faces will support in that try brothers Mark and Mathew Pombo who join a group after campaigning a MazdaSpeed3 for i-Moto Racing in a 2011 CTSCC. The Pombo family has endless racing history, and both Mark and Mathew got started during an early age commencement with go-carts and eventually relocating their approach adult with vital success in SCCA informal and inhabitant events and GRAND-AM’s CTSCC. After battling for position on a lane with a Kia Forte Koups final year, a Pombo brothers now find themselves behind a circle of a No. 12 automobile and looking brazen to creation a matter in 2012.

    “I’m really elegant of a event Kia and Kinetic have given me in a Infinity Audio Forte Koup,” pronounced Mark Pombo. “To get a possibility to group adult with a ST Driver and Team championship winning module from 2011 and expostulate alongside champions like Nic and Andy is something Mathew and we are looking brazen to and are not holding lightly.”

    Kinetic Motorsports owners Russell Smith commented on a new motorist lineup for 2012, saying: “We are gay and respected to be headed into a third deteriorate of racing with Kia Motors; we exceeded a possess expectations for 2011 and were happy with a outcome. We’re looking brazen to 2012 with Nic and Andy behind together in a No. 10 Koup, and Mark and Matt Pombo paint a good event for us to margin a No. 12 Koup with tip turn drivers. Both drivers managed to bind a manufacturers’ pretension final year for Mazda, and we are advantageous to keep their services in 2012.”

    The Forte Koups will entrance a new demeanour during a Daytona deteriorate opener with both a No. 10 and No. 12 Forte Koups sporting a new extraneous paint intrigue in Kia’s red and white corporate colors. The new pattern was recognised by Kia’s U.S. pattern core in Irvine, Calif. and will be unchanging opposite Kia’s stretched motorsports activities in 2012, including dual turbocharged Optimas racing in a Pirelli World Challenge and a all-new Rio 5-door competing in B-Spec events.

    The 2012 CTSCC deteriorate kicks off during Daytona International Speedway on Friday, Jan. 27 with a 2.5-hour competition starting during 1:30 p.m. ET. Check out live competition status, photos, video and group updates during facebook.com/kiaracing. SPEED will promote a BMW Performance 200 during Daytona on Saturday, Feb. 4 during 12 p.m. ET. Broadcast times theme to change. Check internal listings.

    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.

    Information about Kia Motors America and a full car choice is accessible during a website www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, revisit www.kiamedia.com. Visit a Facebook page during facebook.com/kiaracing.

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