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Kia Racing Scores Back-to-Back Top Fives During Pirelli World Challenge Doubleheader during Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course


No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima commander Michael Galati slogs by Sunday’s rain-soaked foe to secure second fifth-place finish of a weekend for Kia

  • Mark Wilkins takes seventh place in a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima giving Kia Racing back-to-back tip 10 finishes during Mid-Ohio
  • 56-car grid was a largest margin for a Pirelli World-Challenge foe in 2012
  • LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug 5, 2012 – Kia Racing’s Infinity Audio Optima module done a initial revisit to a Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course a noted one as Michael Galati scored back-to-back top-five finishes in his No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima in turn 10 and 11 of a Pirelli World Challenge. The rain-soaked Mid-Ohio lane was arguably a toughest aspirant currently for all drivers, though Galati and teammate Mark Wilkins in a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima kept their noses purify and put on a good uncover for a foe fans who braved a weather.

    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

    “The No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima achieved unequivocally good today,” pronounced Galati, whose turbocharged Optima carried an additional 22 pounds of rewards weight interjection to new success. “The lane was a large plea during a start with how soppy it was, and we struggled a small bit putting a energy down, afterwards it started to dry out towards a end. We got some profitable points currently and demeanour brazen to jacket adult Kia Racing’s initial deteriorate in a Pirelli World Challenge championship on a certain note during Sonoma in a few weeks.”

    Mark Wilkins, motorist of a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima, carrying an additional 44 pounds of counterbalance per World Challenge foe regulations, ran tighten behind teammate Galati for most of a 50-minute foe and cumulative his second seventh-place finish of a weekend. The opening noted a sixth time in eleven races that both Optimas finished in a tip ten, an considerable record for a manufacturer’s rookie deteriorate in a series.

    “What a soppy and furious foe it was for us during Mid-Ohio today,” pronounced Wilkins, who has stood on a Mid-Ohio lectern as a Grand-Am Rolex Series Daytona Prototype motorist in a past. “This was unequivocally a initial time perplexing out these Pirelli sleet tires, so we were a small discreet during a start of a race. It was good to see Michael close adult dual some-more top-five finishes, and I’m unapproachable to supplement to a fibre of tip tens that Kia Racing is accumulating. The guys did good work all weekend to ready these overwhelming Optima racecars, and we can’t wait to get behind behind a circle for a deteriorate culmination during Sonoma during a finish of a month.”

    The final turn of a Pirelli World Challenge takes place during The Raceway during Sonoma on Saturday, Aug 25 during 12:00 p.m. PT. 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 of rounds 10 and eleven on a NBC Sports Network Saturday, Aug 25 during 1:30 p.m. ET. (Time and date theme to change. Check internal listings).

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