Kia Racing Optimas Look for Third Straight World Challenge Podium during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Posted on 10. May, 2012 by in Kia Canada


Infinity Audio Optima Pilot Michael Galati Currently 5th in a Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Points Battle Heading into Round Five

  • Galati’s No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima led for a initial time during Miller Motorsports Park and finished third

  • Mark Wilkins to commander a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima
  • IRVINE, Calif., May 10, 2012 – Kia Racing’s dual turbocharged Optimas continue their considerable entrance deteriorate during a mythological Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on a Monterey peninsula for Round Five of a Pirelli World Challenge Championships (PWC). Michael Galati, motorist of a No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima, is now 5th in a Grand Touring Sport (GTS) championship conflict during a median indicate of a 2012 season. Galati’s 3rd place finish during Miller Motorsports Park gave Kia Racing back-to-back podiums though also warranted a “reward” of 22 pounds of combined counterbalance for a No. 36 appurtenance to lift in Monterey.

    Kia Racing’s Infinity Audio Optimas find third-straight lectern finish in spin 5 of a Pirelli World Challenge Championships during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

    “We’ve had a illusory start to a Pirelli World Challenge season, and a fast growth and superb opening of a Optimas is a covenant to a joining and loyalty of Kia Motors America and Kinetic Motorsports,” pronounced Galati. “Competing during a technical lane like Laguna Seca will serve plea a Optima module as will a ‘reward’ weight we’ve been given though we feel we are entrance to a lane with a right package and are looking to spin some heads in Monterey this weekend.”

    Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca facilities poignant betterment changes via a 11-turn, 2.2-mile circuit. Because of this, both Kia Racing drivers will demeanour to take advantage of a considerable torque generated by a Optimas’ turbocharged 2.0L gasoline approach injected (GDI) engines to stand a mountain to a famous encircle and lift them adult a prolonged front straight.

    The No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima will be driven by Kia Racing’s newest group member, Mark Wilkins, a 28-year-old internal of Toronto, Ontario. Wilkins brings a resources of talent to a Kia Racing group with knowledge in a American Le Mans Series, GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car series, Star Mazda Championship and Formula Renault North American Championship. His past achievements embody wins in Daytona Prototypes and American Le Mans Series prototypes as good as countless victories and podiums in other classes.

    “Mark has been on a radar for some time, and we are intensely gratified to acquire him to a Kia Racing group during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,” pronounced Russell Smith, co-owner, Kinetic Motorsports. “Mark is a motorist who will continue to assistance us with a fast-paced growth of a Infinity Audio Optimas as a deteriorate hits a mid point.”

    Round 5 of a PWC deteriorate during Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca takes place Friday, May 10 during 12:20 p.m. PT. Check out live competition status, photos and updates during, and watch live streaming competition coverage during Race fans can also balance in for radio coverage on a NBC Sports Network Sunday, May 27 during 11 p.m. ET. (Time and date theme to change. Check internal listings).

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