Kia Motors’ U.S. racing program has started the 2011 season in style, making two podium appearances in the first three events of the year, including the company’s first-ever GRAND-AM victory last month at Barber Motorsports Park.
The Infinity Audio Forte Koups return to the track this weekend for the Bosch Engineering 200 at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) – where Kia notched the first of two top five finishes in 2010 – with Kia currently ranked second overall in the Street Tuner (ST) class engine manufacturer standings.
The early-season performance has proven that the Kia Racing team, in partnership with Kinetic Motorsports, will be a force to be reckoned with for the remainder of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) schedule, believes the company.
The No. 10 Forte Koup enters the Bosch Engineering 200 ranked second in the ST team standings, and co-driver Nic Jonsson is just four points behind in the ST driver standings.
“We felt like we had a great chance to secure our first GRAND-AM win at Barber, and the entire Kia Motors organization, both here in the U.S. and abroad, has been celebrating the historic result throughout the last month,” said Michael Sprague, vice president of marketing and communications, Kia Motors America.
The Bosch Engineering 200 will be broadcast on Sunday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. ET on the SPEED Channel.
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea.
In the picture above: After winning the Street Tuner class in last month’s Barber 200, Michael Galati and Nic Jonsson will pilot the No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup in the Bosch Engineering 200 on Saturday at Virginia International Raceway.