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Kia Racing Aims to Cap Successful Rookie Season in Pirelli World Challenge during Sonoma


Turbocharged Optimas Make First Appearance in Wine Country for 2012 Finale

  • No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima commander Michael Galati now fourth in a Grand Touring Sport (GTS) points after back-to-back top-five finishes during Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • Galati, teammate Mark Wilkins and associate World Challenge racers to contend with reconfigured Sonoma Raceway
  • IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 23, 2012 – Taking impulse from a best pinots and zinfandels constructed in a region, Kia Racing rolls into Wine Country looking for a clever finish. After 6 podiums and dual victories in what was approaching to be a expansion year for a turbocharged Infinity Audio Optimas, a 2012 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) deteriorate has incited out to be one to deteriorate for Kia Racing’s immature team. And Saturday’s PWC deteriorate culmination during a Raceway during Sonoma offers a possibility to top it off in style.


    Michael Galati secures back-to-back top-five finishes in a No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima in turn 10 and eleven of a Pirelli World Challenge during Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course–>

    “We’ve had an implausible initial year with some superb results,” pronounced five-time World Challenge champion Michael Galati. “The group has grown a Optima to be a genuine aspirant in this class, and we consider we have something good going for 2013 and beyond. With this illusory group and a Optima platform, we am assured we have what it takes to run for a championship subsequent season.”

    Although this will be a first-ever coming by a turbocharged Optimas during a Raceway during Sonoma and Galati’s initial revisit to a scenic and storied trickery given 2004 Kia Racing won’t be a usually group anticipating their orientation when use starts today. The whole PWC margin will be racing to acclimate to a new lane pattern that includes modifications to turns seven, 9 and 11 to emanate additional flitting opportunities on a twisted 12-turn circuit.

    “The Optima loves long, fast, unconditional corners and carousels, and Sonoma has lots of those,” pronounced Canadian Mark Wilkins, who has a competition win and stick position to his credit notwithstanding fasten Kia Racing 4 races into a season. “2012 has been an well-developed year for us, and we devise to tighten a deteriorate on a high note. Finishing good during Sonoma will propel us into 2013 more-than-ready to make a run during a championship.”

    The PWC-sanctioned B-Spec racing array will also tighten a initial deteriorate during Sonoma, and Kia Racing will be represented with dual Rio 5-doors during a bustling weekend, that includes 3 apart races for a grassroots array that pits a latest subcompact-class cars from several manufacturers opposite one another. Two races will take place on Saturday, Aug 25 with a final scheduled for Sunday, Aug 26.

    PWC Round 12 during a Sonoma Grand Prix takes place on Saturday, Aug 25 during 3 p.m. ET. Check out live competition status, photos and updates during Race fans can also watch a competition live during and balance in for radio coverage on Sunday, Sep 9 during 3:30 p.m. ET on a NBC Sports Network.

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