Kia Racing’s Optima Program Builds Momentum as Pirelli World Challenge Championships Heads to Miller Motorsports Park

Posted on 25. Apr, 2012 by in Kia Canada


Following Kia’s First-Ever World Challenge Podium Finish in Long Beach, Two Turbocharged Optimas Will Take On a Challenging Purpose-Built Road Course Outside Salt Lake City

  • Colin Braun piloted a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima to a third place finish on a Streets of Long Beach in front of a vast fortuitous of hometown Kia Motors America fans

  • B-Spec Kia Rio 5-door will make a racing entrance during Miller Motorsport Park
  • IRVINE, Calif., Apr 25, 2012 – Following an ancestral opening on a Streets of Long Beach in that Colin Braun put a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima on a lectern in usually a third race, Kia Racing sets a sights on Miller Motorsports Park outward Salt Lake City for turn 4 of a Pirelli World Challenge Championships (PWC). Braun and teammate Michael Galati (No. 36) are now seventh and eighth, respectively, in a Grand Touring Sport (GTS) point’s battle. Thanks to his success during Long Beach, Braun’s No. 38 Optima will lift 21.75 pounds of “reward weight” during Miller, that during 3.1 miles prolonged is a largest lane a PWC visits this deteriorate and a frigid conflicting of a tight, concrete-walled proxy travel circuits in St. Petersburg and Long Beach where a Optimas have raced so far.

    Kia Racing looks to build off a lectern finish during Long Beach as a Pirelli World Challenge Championships conduct to Miller Motorsports Park.

    The Infinity Audio Optimas won’t be a usually Kia racing machines during Miller Motorsports Park this weekend as a B-Spec Rio 5-door will also be on-hand for tight, door-handle-to-door-handle movement opposite other subcompact competitors in 3 apart races. Two Kia racers are entered for this initial B-Spec event, one for Russell Smith, co-owner of Kinetic Motorsports (No. 90) and one for maestro kart racer Michael Lliteras (No. 92).

    “Our initial World Challenge lectern came most earlier than we’d expected, generally given how rival this array is,” pronounced Michael Sprague, clamp president, selling communications, KMA. “The fact that we are using nearby a front this early in a Optima program’s story is a covenant to a tough work put in by a whole Kia Racing team. Miller, however, should poise a really opposite plea than a dual travel circuits we’ve run on so far, so we’ll be gripping a fingers crossed for a plain performance. And, of course, we are vehement to get a initial glance of a Rio 5-doors on a lane in B-Spec.”

    With Kinetic Motorsports formed outward Atlanta, a group opted to ready a No. 36 and No. 38 Infinity Audio Optimas for Miller in a use garages during a Kia Motors America (KMA) corporate campus in Irvine, Calif., rather than make a cross-country trek behind to their shop. On Monday, Apr 16, a group presented a third-place prize from Long Beach to group members during KMA, many of whom attended a Long Beach race, and thanked them for their support of a Kia Racing program. Since a Optimas have never run during Miller before, Kinetic will exam both cars on a opening dynamometer during a internal Salt Lake City emporium before to a competition to make certain a engines perform adult to spec in a aloft elevation’s skinny air. The Optimas’ turbocharged gasoline approach injected (GDI) engines should offer an advantage over a mostly routinely aspirated GTS field.

    Round 4 of a PWC deteriorate during Miller Motorsports Park takes place on Saturday, Apr 28 during 4:35 p.m. ET. 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 on Sunday, May 27 during 11 p.m. ET. (Time and date theme to change. Check internal listings).

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