Kia Racing’s Pirelli World Challenge Optimas Head to Belle Isle for Sixth Round Slugfest

Posted on 30. May, 2012 by in Kia Canada


Team fervent to accommodate American flesh head-on in Motown following dual top-ten finishes in Monterey

  • Michael Galati in a No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima to concentration on gaining points in query for a driver’s championship

  • Mark Wilkins looks to pierce adult a grid in his second tour for Kia Racing in a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima
  • IRVINE, Calif., May 30, 2012 – Kia Racing heads for Detroit Jun 1-3 for turn 6 of a entrance deteriorate in a Pirelli World Challenge Championships (PWC), pitting dual turbocharged Optimas opposite some critical hometown muscle. With his top-ten finish in Monterey (Calif.), Michael Galati, motorist of a No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima, is now fifth in a Grand Touring Sport (GTS) points conflict while Kia Racing sits fourth in a manufacturers championship. Mark Wilkins, piloting a No.38 Infinity Audio Optima, has his eye on a initial dual rows of a starting grid during a Belle Isle (Mich.) travel circuit located along a shores of a Detroit River.


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

    The Kia Racing Optimas will need each unit of a 22-pound diet they have undergone given Monterey “Reward Weight” warranted for lectern finishes progressing in a season, that a group is now means to strew after finishing sixth and eighth in a final foe to contest with a Mustangs and Camaros on a parsimonious proxy travel circuit during Belle Isle. Located roughly in a shade of General Motors’ tellurian headquarters, and usually mins from Ford’s universe headquarters, a foe is certain to pull a vast (and potentially partisan) crowd. With that in mind, Kia Racing is coming a weekend with discreet optimism.

    “There is no doubt a fans will be behind their hometown heroes,” pronounced Galati, who lives in circuitously Cleveland. “But we’ve astounded some-more than a few people in a entrance season, and we feel a Optimas are adult to a plea this weekend.” Galati will be operative tough to measure points in his bid for a 2012 driver’s championship and attempting to deflect off a plea from Acura motorist Nick Esayian, who is usually 8 points behind in a standing.

    Mark Wilkins, following his Kia Racing entrance in Monterey where he was fast adult to speed and incited in a plain performance, is expecting a distant opposite pushing knowledge during Belle Isle. “Laguna Seca is about blind crests and furious betterment changes while Belle Isle is a travel march and is by-nature utterly flat,” pronounced Wilkins. “The Optimas should do utterly good in this environment, though flitting is always tough given a march is so tight.”

    Situated on a 982-acre island perched in a center of a Detroit River, Belle Isle’s travel circuit was creatively combined for Championship Auto Racing Teams (CART) foe and has also hosted IndyCar and a American Le Mans Series (ALMS) off and on given 1992. Its straights snuggle opposite a shoreline and assistance to emanate one of a faster marks in a PWC series.

    Round 6 of a PWC deteriorate during Belle Isle takes place Jun 3 during 3 p.m. ET. Check out live foe status, photos and updates during, and watch live streaming foe coverage during Race fans can also balance in for radio coverage on a NBC Sports Network Saturday, Jul 7 during 5 p.m. ET. (Time and date theme to change. Check internal listings).

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