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Kia Racing is Brickyard-Bound in Bid to Regain GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Points Lead in Indianapolis

KIA RACING IS BRICKYARD-BOUND IN BID TO REGAIN GRAND-AM CONTINENTAL TIRE SPORTS CAR CHALLENGE POINTS LEAD IN INDIANAPOLIS

Kia Racing Team’s Michael Galati to Co-drive No. 12 Infinity Audio Forte Koup With Mathew Pombo While Mark Pombo Continues His Recovery

  • No. 10 Infinity Audio Forte Koup pilots Andy Lally and Nic Jönsson lay third in Street Tuner (ST) points with 3 races remaining
  • Large fortuitous of internal Kia dealers to hearten on Kia Racing for initial rival tour during mythological Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • IRVINE, Calif., Jul 26, 2012 – The hearth of U.S. automobile racing, Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS), is a site for Round Eight of a 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC). Kia Racing’s Infinity Audio Forte Koups take to a Brickyard for a initial time, and Kia Motors becomes a initial Korean automaker to take a immature dwindle during a mythological 103-year-old racetrack. Co-pilots of a No. 10 Infinity Audio Forte Koup, Nic Jönsson and Andy Lally, demeanour to rebound behind after a severe competition during Watkins Glen in Round Seven and recover a points lead in a Street Tuner (ST) class.

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    Returning to a lane after a single-race interregnum is a No. 12 Infinity Audio Forte Koup piloted by Mathew Pombo. Pombo’s co-driver will be none-other than Kia Racing group member Michael Galati, who helped bind Kia Racing’s ST Driver and Team Championships final deteriorate in a No. 10 Koup, and who has spent a initial half of a 2012 racing deteriorate behind a circle of one of Kia’s new turbocharged Optima racecars in a Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) series. Galati, who has already posted a feat in his PWC Optima, will fill in for a rest of a 2012 CTSCC deteriorate while Mark Pombo continues his liberation during home following his occurrence during Road America in June.

    “Michael was a initial and usually choice to keep a chair comfortable while Mark gets healthy and behind adult to speed,” pronounced Russell Smith, co-owner of Kia’s racing partner, Kinetic Motorsports. “He’s already partial of a Kia Racing family, he knows a Forte Koup really well, and he was instrumental in assisting Kia win a championship in 2011. He and Mat will make an glorious motorist pairing, and fortunately, there are no scheduling conflicts, so Michael will also be means to continue with his Optima pushing duties for a remaining dual World Challenge races.”

    The final dual outings for Kia Racing’s Forte Koups have been daunting, and a high-caliber CTSCC competitors aren’t approaching to make it easy for a group when a array hits Indy’s famous yard of bricks. Indianapolis will be a new knowledge for a Kia Racing family, though hopes are using high that teammates Jönsson and Lally will once again take a points lead in a ST category following this weekend’s 2.5-hour race.

    “Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a epicenter of automobile racing in a U.S., and it’s a good respect for Kia to contest with dual rarely rival Forte Koups during a lane with this most motorsports heritage,” pronounced Michael Sprague, executive clamp president, selling communications, KMA. “Kia Racing continues to showcase a performance, quality, continuance and reserve of a cars, and a motorsports success is holding a Kia code to new heights and assisting us to strech a new fan audience.”

    The Brickyard Sports Car Challenge during Indianapolis Motor Speedway is scheduled for Friday, Jul 27. The immature dwindle drops during 1 p.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 SPEED Sunday, Aug 5 during 12 p.m. ET. (Time and date theme to change. Check internal listings).

    About Kia Motors America
    Kia Motors America is a selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 755 dealers via a United States and serves as a “Official Automotive Partner” of a NBA and LPGA. In 2011, KMA accessible a best-ever annual sales sum and became one of a fastest flourishing automobile companies1 in a U.S. Kia is staid to continue a movement and will continue to build a code by pattern innovation, quality, value, modernized reserve facilities and new technologies.

    Information about Kia Motors America and a full car choice is accessible during a website www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, revisit www.kiamedia.com.


    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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