The weekend of April 9th proved very significant for Kia Motor's. In the Street Tuner class of the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race in Birmingham, Alabama, Michael Galati and Nic Jönsson co-drove the No. 10 Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koup to the company's first motorsport win.
Co-driver Nic Jönsson paid homage to the entire Kia team, following the team's success. "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," he said. "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."
"After starting the year with two top-10 results and our first podium finish, we arrived at Barber Motorsports Park with high expectations and our sights set on earning Kia's first-ever victory," said Michael Sprague, VP Marketing & Communications, Kia Motors America, speaking on the company's historic win. "With the proximity to Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, the Barber race was a bit of a homecoming for us, and the efforts of Michael and Nic and the entire Kinetic Motorsports crew led to this tremendous milestone. Notching our first win with a large number of Kia team members and dealers cheering us on made the result even more memorable."
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