Kia Racing Enters Ninth Round of a Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge during New Jersey Motorsports Park Atop a Street Tuner Driver and Team Standings

Posted on 22. Jul, 2011 by in Kia Canada


Kia’s Second-Year Motorsports Program Focused on Securing Valuable Championship Points

  • No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup ranks initial in a Street Tuner (ST) Team standings

  • Nic Jönsson leads ST Driver standings by 18 points
  • IRVINE, Calif., Jul 22, 2011 – Kia Motors entered a 2011 GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) deteriorate with increasing expectations and a company’s second-year racing bid has some-more than delivered with dual competition victories, 3 trips to a lectern and 8 tip 10 finishes in a initial 8 events of a year. With only dual races remaining on a report including Saturday’s B+ Foundation Heroes 200 during New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) Kia is positioned on tip of a Street Tuner (ST) class’s Team (No. 10 Infinity Audio Forte Koup) and Driver (Nic Jnsson) standings and looking to constraint as many points as probable in office of a brand’s first-ever full-season automobile racing championship in a U.S.

    After back-to-back clever performances during Road America and Laguna Seca with a No. 10 Forte Koup finishing initial and fourth, respectively and a No. 12 car’s sixth place finish during Road America Kia’s racing partner, Kinetic Motorsports, believes Kia’s racing machines will be really rival during NJMP due to a technical inlet of a 2.25-mile, 14-turn circuit and a doing and braking strengths of a Forte Koups. In addition, a line does not underline poignant betterment changes that will serve advantage a naturally-aspirated Forte Koups as they plea several turbo-charged competitors.

    Kia Racing enters a ninth competition of a 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge deteriorate during New Jersey Motorsports Park atop a Team and Driver Standings in a Street Tuner Class and focused on securing profitable championship points.

    “With Nic Jnsson and Michael Galati recording another tip 5 finish in Monterey, Kia Racing is a legitimate contender for a initial Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge championship in only a second year of racing,” pronounced Michael Sprague, clamp president, selling communications, KMA. “We have dual races to go, though a whole Kia classification is unapproachable of what a group has achieved so far, including a stream position as a leaders in dual of a series’ 3 standings, and we are vehement to watch a Infinity Audio Forte Koups as they quarrel for a championship in a final events of a season.”

    The B+ Foundation Heroes 200 during New Jersey Motorsports Park will be promote on Saturday, Jul 30 during 3:00 p.m. ET on a SPEED Channel. Race fans can follow Kia’s motorsports module and accept live updates during

    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Race Recap

    The Kia Racing group entered turn 8 of a 2011 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with hopes of scoring another clever finish and securing adequate points to extend a lead in a Driver and Team standings in a Street Tuner (ST) class. The eventuality during a mythological Laguna Seca circuit noted Kia’s west seashore racing entrance and a group was carrying outrageous movement into a competition after Nic Jnsson and Michael Galati took a No. 10 Forte Koup to feat line only dual weeks progressing during Road America for Kia’s second feat this year. To supplement to a excitement, some-more than 40 eager Kia Motors America (KMA) group members took a time to expostulate scarcely 400 miles to a Monterey peninsula from a corporate campus in Irvine, Calif. to hearten on their group as they began a final pull for a championship.

    Both Forte Koups were rarely rival in early use with a No. 10 automobile clocking a second-fastest path in a ST class.

    The 15-minute subordinate event was cut brief after an ST category MINI mislaid a circle and left tools of a expostulate missile on a track, and a ensuing full-course counsel halted subordinate after only dual laps. Fortunately, Michael Galati was means to put down a plain path and validate a No. 10 Forte Koup in a third position before a yellow came out, though a No. 12 automobile driven by Adam Burrows was not means to record a quick path and hence would have to start during a behind of a margin in 23rd position on Saturday.

    Race day began with a thick haze hovering over Laguna Seca, though that didn’t deter competition fans, Kia group members and Kia dealers from entertainment around a Forte Koups during a morning Fan Walk. The Laguna Seca competition also had special definition for Burrows and Trevor Hopwood group “BurHop” as it noted their 50th competition as co-drivers.

    Following a Fan Walk, a object pennyless by as a immature dwindle waved and both Forte Koups immediately began relocating adult by a field; in fact, Galati in a No. 10 automobile went from third to initial in a race’s initial notation and kept a lead until he pitted for a motorist change about 45 mins into a race.

    Burrows began an assertive attack of his possess in a No. 12 car, relocating into a tip 10 after a initial 40 mins of racing and executing a sublime two-car-pass over a tracks’ famous encircle territory along a way.

    Galati brought a No. 10 Forte Koup to array highway underneath a full-course counsel during a 45-minute mark, and a group executed a quick array stop including a motorist change. Jnsson reentered a line in eighth behind cars that did not stop during a yellow flag. When a immature dwindle came out, Jnsson began relocating his approach towards a front roughly immediately.

    Meanwhile, Burrows was forced to array underneath green-flag conditions during a one-hour mark, and Hopwood would lapse to a line carrying forsaken behind to 19th place.

    Jnsson found himself in a parsimonious conflict with a ST leaders as he methodically picked off cars one-by-one and regained a lead with only over one hour to go. Jnsson hold a lead as a laps ticked down, and a tip 5 ST cars were all using within one second of any other. After some thespian back-and-forth movement in a race’s final 15 minutes, Jnsson narrowly missed a second true lectern finish, channel a line fourth and some-more importantly, forward of a closest competitors in a Driver and Team categories.

    Hopwood and a No. 12 Forte Koup would stand as high as ninth place before pang a cut left-front tire that compulsory a late-race array stop and led to a 14th place finish, a important display deliberation BurHop’s starting position during a tail of a field.

    The top-five finish during Laguna Seca extended a leads of Galati, Jnsson and a No. 10 Forte Koup in a ST Team and Driver standings, and Kia now sits only 3 points out of second in a ST Engine Manufacturer points with dual races remaining in a 2011 CTSCC season.

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