Kia Motors Captures First-Ever Racing Victory April 12th, 2011

It was a historic weekend for the Kia racing team in Alabama, U.S. Drivers Michael Galati and Nic Jönsson, lead the No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup to Kia’s first-ever racing victory in the Street Tuner (ST) class of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) race.

A large contingent of Kia dealers and team members from Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) filled the Barber Motorsports Park stands to watch Kia win the Barber 200.
At last year’s Barber 200, Kinetic Motorsports’ new Kia Forte Koup drove in its first competitive race with an eighth-place finish. This time, Kia made its first visit to the top of the podium.

Jönsson took the lead from Mathew Pombo on lap 54 and led the rest of the way in the No. 10 car, with just over 30 minutes remaining in the race. Jönsson led the final 23 laps as he held off several challengers on his way, securing Kia’s first-ever racing victory. He took the checkered flag .684 seconds ahead of BJ Zacharias, driving the No. 14 car (Office Depot/Intersil BMW 128i).

“It’s nearly unheard of for a second year racing program to stand on top of the podium, and today was a special day for Kia Motors and Kinetic Motorsports,” said Jönsson. “It’s even better that we were able to deliver our first win with so many Kia dealers and team members from the plant here, and this result would not have been possible without the tireless efforts and commitment from every member of our racing team.”

The Stats
ST 1 st: Michael Galati and Nic Jönsson, No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup
ST 2nd: Tim Bell and BJ Zacharias, No. 14 Office Depot/Intersil BMW 128i
ST 3rd: Jesse Combs and Jeff Mosing, RACE EPIC/Murillo racing BMW 328i
The Points
ST: Ryan Ellis/Ian Baas 95; Nic Jönsson 91; Sarah Cattaneo/Owen Trinkler 75.

Racing fans can watch Kia race to its first-ever victory when SPEED broadcasts the Barber 200 on Saturday, April 16 at 2 p.m. ET. Way to go team!