Kia Racing followed up last year’s Street Tuner (ST) victory with a nail-biting, second-place finish in a caution-filled Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race Saturday, featuring more than 70 cars.
Nic Jonsson and Andy Lally are second in the ST standings heading into next month’s Kia 200 at Miami-Homestead Speedway.
During a rain shower in the final 15 minutes of the race, Jonsson moved the No. 10 Infinity Audio Forte Koup up five spots to bring Kia Racing and Kinetic Motorsports its second podium finish in as many races. Both Koups finished strong at Barber with Mark Pombo bringing the No. 12 car home in ninth place.
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“It was great to be back at Barber Motorsports Park and stand on the podium again,” said Jonsson. “As usual, our Infinity Audio Forte Koup performed phenomenally. The crew did a great job setting up the car. We’re happy with our second place finish and the points we picked up along the way will help as we attempt to defend the championship.”
“The Forte Koup handled incredibly well today at Barber Motorsports Park,” said Lally. “The race was crazy at the beginning with all the cautions, but Nic did an amazing job at the end to get us on the podium. He is truly a world-class driver.”
With the successful result in Birmingham, Kia Racing now sets its sights on April’s Kia 200 at Miami-Homestead Speedway and looks to extend the positive early-season momentum.
Race fans can watch the 2.5-hour race at Barber Motorsports Park on SPEED on Sunday, April 8 at 12:00 p.m. ET.