MOTORSPORTS WINS ST TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP; NIC JONSSON CAPTURES DRIVER’S
CHAMPIONSHIP IN CTSCS!
17, 2011 – LEXINGTON, OHIO The
Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup Drivers Seize The First Ever Team
Championship for Kinetic Motorsports While Nic Jönsson Takes
Home Driver’s Championship in Continental Tire Sports Car
Challenge ST Class.
An intense race weekend for the Kinetic Motorsports
team, that included plenty of highs and lows, resulted in two unexpected
championships. In just the second season of the Kinetic Motorsports
and Kia Motors America partnership in the Street Tuner (ST) class
of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge the underdog team secured
both the ST Team Championship for Kinetic Motorsports and the Driver’s
Championship for Nic Jönsson at Saturday’s finale at
the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Circuit.
Jönsson and co-driver Michael Galati
drove their #10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup to a seventh-place
finish in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, collecting
enough points to secure the championship title. It was an extremely
emotional day for all involved, especially after the Kinetic crew
worked tirelessly through the night to ensure that Jönsson
and Galati had the car they needed to bring the titles home.
Kinetic Motorsports went into the final race
leading the championship by just three points and were in close
battles all day with the other two championship contenders. Having
to work through almost the entire race without power steering, Jönsson
and Galati proved that their team had put in the hard work and dedication
to reward Kinetic with the greatest honor of all. In just the second
season of the program, Kinetic Motorsports is now a Team Champion.
Although it was a day for much celebration
in the Kinetic camp, Trevor Hopwood and Adam Burrows, drivers of
the #12 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup did not have the great race
that they had desired. After being bumped off track on just the
first lap of the race, and then having mechanical issues early on
before Burrows could even get in the car, it was not a great end
to the season for their car. However, they were able to celebrate
being part of the incredible championship effort of the entire season.
Russell Smith, owner, Kinetic Motorsports:
“This is an unbelievable day for us! To win the ST Team Championship
and for Nic to be awarded the St Driver’s Championship is
so far above the goals we thought we would be able to achieve in
just the second year of this racing program with Kia Motors America.
They have been an incredible partner and made these titles achievable
because of their remarkable support. Nic and I had a vision of this
day years ago when we started our company and then when we partnered
with Kia. To actually achieve it makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Our Kinetic guys have given blood, sweat and tears to deliver the
best cars for our drivers. These championships are a testament to
Nic Jönsson, driver, #10 Infinity Audio
“It feels so good to win this championship. The guys have
done a phenomenal job here and to have put together a championship
team is very exciting for us. We tried not to overthink our driving
today, and we were obviously hoping that nothing would break. We
were focused on just getting the car to the finish. We knew exactly
where we needed to be to take the championship and we kept that
under control for the whole race. We made sure to not have any contact
or do anything stupid, and we prevailed in the end. For me, personally,
it means a lot because it’s my first championship with my
own team. When Russell (Smith) and I started this team back in 2005
we always dreamed that one day we would be winning championships.
To work with a factory like Kia, who produces extremely successful
and high-selling cars, and deliver a championship, is just extraordinary,
especially in just the second year of the Kia Motors America program.
They are very supportive and have given us all the resources we
need to bring this title home, and they’ve also given us a
free hand to do what we do best, and that’s racing. I’m
very pleased and looking very much forward to our future with Kia
and to winning more championships.”
Michael Galati, driver, #10 Infinity Audio
“I think it’s just fantastic what we’ve all done
here today. We got the job done. We were all just a nervous wreck
the whole race. We lost the power steering on the second lap and
it was very intense. We said all along that we had a pretty good
car for the weekend, but it was just very nerve-wracking for all
of us. It’s worth it in the end. It’s very special because
coming in for the second race of the season with Kinetic after having
not driven in a very long time, and to be able to be part of the
championship win for the team, is very rewarding. These guys are
like family to me and I just really can’t even describe what
this means to me and to us right now. It was a very emotional race
and win, and at the end of the day, everyone works so hard, the
crew puts in so much work, and look what happens. We’ve all
been rewarded for our hard work, so I don’t know what else
you can say. I’m just so happy.”
Trevor Hopwood, driver, #12 Infinity Audio
Kia Forte Koup:
“It was not a great day for us, getting knocked off track
and then losing power. But, it is a great day for the team and we’ve
seen first hand all the incredible work that the Kinetic guys put
in every weekend. It’s been great to be a part of the Kia
family and even though the results didn’t fall our way this
year, it was great to once again be a part of a championship effort.
Hats off to the guys, I know it is going to be a BIG celebration
Adam Burrows, driver, #12 Infinity Audio
“Congratulations to Nic and Russell. It really is just an
incredible achievement for Kinetic and Kia to win a championship
in just the second year of this program. Seeing and feeling the
constant improvement with the Koup every weekend out is a testament
to the team’s effort. It has been great to be here every step
of the way. Now it’s time for some celebrating with the team
and then we are heading off to Vegas to spend some time with a great
group of Kia dealers.”
The Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge
season finale race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be broadcast
on Sunday, September 25 at 1:00 p.m. ET on SPEED.
About Kinetic Group
Kinetic is an automotive group that includes Kinetic Motorsports,
Kinetic-Sunbelt Engines, and Kinetic Speed Shop. Kinetic Motorsports
taps into every aspect of professional and amateur racing, from
car builds to prep and trackside support. Every resource needed
to develop, manage and run a professional race team in any series
is located on-site. Kinetic-Sunbelt Engines have powered amateur
and professional racers to numerous championships in North America.
Kinetic Speed Shop caters to aftermarket street performance. Kinetic's
42,000 square foot, state-of-the-art showroom and race complex is
located in Buford, Georgia, just 15 minutes from Road Atlanta. More
information can be found online at www.kssmotorsports.com, or on
the Kinetic Motorsports fan page and group on Facebook. Follow Kinetic
on Twitter @KSSMotorsports, and on YouTube at www.youtube.com/KSSMotorsportsTV.
About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of
Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a
complete line of vehicles through more than 745 dealers throughout
the United States and serves as the “Official Automotive Partner
of the NBA.” In 2010, KMA recorded its best-ever U.S. sales
and 16th consecutive year of increased U.S. market share. Kia is
poised to continue its momentum and will continue to build the brand
through design innovation, quality, value, safety features and new
Information about Kia Motors America and
its full vehicle lineup is available at its website – www.kia.com.
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