September 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 their efforts.”

Nic Jönsson, driver, #10 Infinity Audio Forte Koup:
“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 Forte Koup:
“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 in Cleveland!”

Adam Burrows, driver, #12 Infinity Audio Forte Koup:
“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, or on the Kinetic Motorsports fan page and group on Facebook. Follow Kinetic on Twitter @KSSMotorsports, and on YouTube at

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 technologies.

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