Kia Racing Wins Big at Pirelli World Challenge September 26th, 2014

Slow and steady wins the race? Not for the Kia Racing team! After just a few years of racing, Kia Motors America has been named the winner of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge (PWC), one of the biggest races in the automotive world. In 2010, Kia first teamed up with Kinetic Motorsports, a world-class racing organization based in Georgia, to start up what is now the Kia Racing team. Kia is the first Korean brand to earn the coveted title of PWC Champion.

The Kia Racing team was up against heavy hitters in the world of motor sports, competing against teams from Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Aston Martin and Nissan. But the Kia Optima (Optima SX Turbo) held its own this year, claiming the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Grand Touring Sport (GTS) and Touring Car A (TC-A) Manufacturer Championships at the series’ season finale two weeks ago at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. And after capturing second place during last year’s Pirelli World Challenge, Kia Racing drivers, Mark Wilkins and Nic Jonsson came out on top of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge!

This is just one addition to the number of accolades that the Kia Racing team has received since 2012, when it became the first Korean OEM to compete in the Pirelli World Challenge.

2013: Pirelli World Challenge (Optima SX Turbos)

  • Kia Racing finished second in the 2013 Pirelli World Challenge GTS-class Manufacturer Championship point standings (racing against Porsche, Acura, Aston Martin, Chevrolet and Ford)
  • Kia Racing driver Mark Wilkins – in the No. 38 B..R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo – finished third in the GTS Driver Championship points, winning twice and scoring six podium finishes
  • Kia Racing driver Nic Jonsson – in the No. 36 Optima turbo – finished tenth in the GTS Driver Championship standings

 2012: Pirelli World Challenge (Optima SX Turbos)

  • Two race victories
  • Six podium finishes

Check out some of our past racing video below!

Congratulations again to the Kia Racing team! With this new title under their belt, Kia fans can be sure to expect even greater things to come from our drivers.

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