Kia Racing’s Infinity Audio Optimas Prepare for Battle in Rounds 10 and 11 of a Pirelli World Challenge during Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Posted on 03. Aug, 2012 by in Kia Canada

KIA RACING’S INFINITY AUDIO OPTIMAS PREPARE FOR BATTLE IN ROUNDS 10 AND 11 OF THE PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE AT MID-OHIO SPORTS CAR COURSE

Turbocharged Optimas will Face Challenging Mid-Ohio Circuit for First Time Following Back-to-Back Wins during Canadian Tire Motorsports park

  • The No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima piloted by Michael Galati is now fourth in a Grand Touring Sport (GTS) points with 3 races remaining in a 2012 season
  • Both Optimas to run heavier during Mid-Ohio as victories in rounds 8 and 9 outcome in “Rewards Weight” per Pirelli World Challenge order book
  • IRVINE, Calif., Aug 3, 2012 – One month after unconditional a weekend with dual victories during Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in rounds 8 and nine, Kia Racing’s first-year Optima module enters Mid-Ohio Sports Car march with extensive movement and a few additional pounds of “Rewards Weight” as a cars make their initial entrance during a famed highway racing circuit. Michael Galati in a No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima and Mark Wilkins in a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima lift an additional 44 pounds and 109 pounds, respectively, as specified by a Pirelli World Challenge foe regulations — a large cost to compensate for station on a tip step of a lectern north of a border. The combined weight will make Mid-Ohio, arguably one of a many severe outlines on a schedule, even worse when a immature dwindle drops in Lexington, Ohio.

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    Even with Kia Racing’s new success during Mid-Ohio with a Forte Koup module Kia and racing partner Kinetic Motorsports clinched a 2011 Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Team and Driver Championships there final deteriorate and accessible a lectern finish progressing this year this revisit to America’s heartland outlines a initial time a Infinity Audio Optimas put their Pirelli rubber on a track. Mid-Ohio’s hurdles arise from good aged fashioned speed. The undulating circuit is one of a fastest outlines in a series, featuring drum coaster inclines and descents and signature corners including a “Keyhole” and “Thunder Valley.” It is certain to be a exam for a drivers, though for Galati, it is also a homecoming.

    “I cruise Mid-Ohio my home lane and have had a lot of success here in past years. It’s one of my favorite outlines to competition at, and we unequivocally feel like a Optima will be means to get around this place in a hurry,” pronounced Galati, who lives reduction than 100 miles from a circuit, outward of Cleveland. “The change of a Optima is glorious and a energy entrance from a turbocharged, direct-injected engine will make it fun climbing adult these hills. we can’t wait to get out there and spin some heads.”

    Canadian-native Wilkins arrives in Lexington confident about a Optima’s opening and has many Grand-Am Rolex Series races underneath his belt during a 2.3-mile, 13-turn circuit, dating behind to 2004, including a lectern finish in 2010.

    “Mid-Ohio is a good lane for a Optima. It’s a automobile that is unequivocally matched to a prolonged true and many betterment changes,” pronounced Wilkins. “The Optima is a well-balanced automobile so it will be engaging to see what a combined counterbalance does to a doing characteristics. we have faith that a organisation will do a good pursuit as common to make certain a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima is dialed in scrupulously come competition time.”

    Rounds 10 and 11 of a Pirelli World Challenge during Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course take place on Saturday, Aug 4 during 5:10 p.m. ET and Sunday, Aug 5 during 9:55 a.m. ET. Check out live competition status, photos and updates during www.facebook.com/kiaracing. Race fans can also balance in for radio coverage on Saturday, Aug 25 during 1:30 p.m. ET on a NBC Sports Network.

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    1 Based on 5-year accumulative expansion between 12-month sell sales for durations finale Jun 2007 and Jun 2012 of all U.S. automotive brands.

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