Kia Becomes First Korean Brand to Race at Indianapolis Speedway July 31st, 2012

Kia Cerato (Forte) Koup owners who have the need-for-speed will be pleased to know that Kia made auto-racing history over this past weekend when its pair of Infinity Audio-backed Forte Koups became the first Korean cars ever to race at the famous Indianapolis Speedway in its 103-year history.

Contesting Round 8 of the 2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, the two red-&-white liveried Forte Koups were driven by Andy Lally sharing with Nic Jonsson and Mathew Pombo with Michael Galati.

On their first visit to the circuit which embodies so much motorsport heritage, the highly competitive 2.4-liter, 250 hp Forte Koups prepared by Kinetic Motorsports in Burford, Georgia, faced a 2.5-hour battle around the 2.534 mile course.


The race ended under caution at Indy after a ST Miata crashed against the front straight wall. Unofficial results have Kia’s #12 in 7th place and our vehicle #10 in 10th place.

Race Results:

Kia Car # 12 Car

  • Finished 7th
  • Drivers: Michael Galati & Mathew Pombo
  • Best Lap: 1:44.037
  • Average Miles Per Hour: 58.307

Kia Car # 10

  • Finished 10th
  • Drivers: Nic Jonsson and Andy Lally
  • Best Lap: 1:42.841
  • Average Miles Per Hour: 58.266

2012 Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Manufacturer Standings (Street Tuners) as of 31 July 2012

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