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Kia Racing Scores Double Top-Five Finish in 2012 Pirelli World Challenge Season Finale during Sonoma Raceway


Infinity Audio Optima pilots Mark Wilkins and Michael Galati Claim Fourth and Fifth in Wine Country to Close Out Kia Racing’s First Year in World Challenge

  • Five-time World Challenge champion Michael Galati secures his sixth top-five finish of a deteriorate in a No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima to finish a deteriorate fourth in points
  • Mark Wilkins takes fourth in a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima imprinting a seventh time in 12 events that both Kia Racing cars finished in a tip ten
  • SONOMA, Calif, Aug 25, 2012 – Like sun-soaked grapes sprawled opposite a rolling hills surrounding a pleasing Raceway during Sonoma, Kia Racing’s immature Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Optima module is fast sappy and developed for a championship run in 2013. Mark Wilkins, motorist of a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima, finished a PWC deteriorate culmination on a high note, holding fourth during Sonoma, while teammate Michael Galati crossed a line fifth in a No. 38 turbocharged Optima. It was a seventh time in a twelve-race deteriorate that was ostensible to be a growth year for a module that both Optimas finished in a tip ten. With a twin top-five finish, Kia claims fourth in a manufacturer’s championship, Galati finishes likewise placed in a driver’s championship, and a group turns a concentration to 2013.

    Kia Racing caps off 2012 Pirelli World Challenge rookie deteriorate with double top-five finish for a turbocharged Optimas during Sonoma

    “We couldn’t be happier with a deteriorate we’ve had in 2012. Six podiums in 12 races is a illusory feat for this module in a growth year, and to have 0 automatic issues all deteriorate is a covenant to a tough work and loyalty by a whole group who built dual plain racecars,” pronounced Russell Smith, co-owner, Kinetic Motorsports and a winning motorist of a Kia Rio 5-door for Saturday’s B-Spec race. “I wish to appreciate Kia Motors America for providing us with a good height in a Optima and a fans who hearten us on during any racetrack we visit. we unequivocally consider with some some-more growth over a winter that we can do good things in 2013 and beyond.”

    Wilkins started his No. 38 Optima in second place after a plain subordinate run on Friday and ran third for most of a 50-minute race. With a small over 10 mins to go, however, he began battling doing issues as a outcome of ragged front tires. Finally, on a final lap, Mustang-driver Justin Bell managed to trip past and Wilkins’ chances to finish a deteriorate with another lectern went with him.

    “What an implausible year for Kia Racing. We brought a No. 38 Infinity Audio Optima home in fourth today, though we unequivocally feel like we could have stood on a podium. We only mislaid a doing during a finish a slipped a spot,” pronounced Wilkins. “I feel respected to be a motorist of this automobile any weekend. It’s so most fun to expostulate and is a hazard to win during any lane we revisit via a schedule. I’m looking brazen to climbing behind behind a circle come open and creation a run for a championship.”

    Galati in a No. 36 Infinity Audio Optima started and finished fifth Saturday, picking adult his third-straight top-five finish to tighten out a 2012 season.

    “Finishing a deteriorate with another tip 5 is fantastic,” pronounced Galati. “The Kia Optima is such a good car. It loves purpose-built highway courses with high speed corners, and we know what we need to do to make it even improved for subsequent year. We astounded some people by finishing fourth in a Manufacturer and Driver standings, though with a small some-more growth over a off-season, we trust a Infinity Audio Optimas will be prepared for some-more in 2013.”

    Kia Racing closes out a initial Pirelli World Challenge deteriorate fourth in a Grand Touring Sport (GTS) points with Galati and Wilkins fourth and eighth in a Driver standings. Televised coverage of Round 12 of a Pirelli World Challenge from a Raceway and Sonoma is scheduled to atmosphere on a NBC Sports Network Sunday, Sep 9 during 3:30 p.m. ET. (Time and date theme to change. Check internal listings).

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