Kia Racing Drivers Move Ahead In Championship Standings Following Strong Finish In Round Three Of The Pirelli World Challenge at

   Kia Racing Drivers Move Ahead In Championship Standings Following Strong
 Finish In Round Three Of The Pirelli World Challenge at Long Beach Presented
                                    by Kia

Mark Wilkins pilots the No. 38 turbocharged Optima to a second-straight
top-five finish at Kia Motors America's home race

-Wilkins now sits fourth in Grand Touring Sport (GTS) driver points heading
into Round 4

-Nic Jonsson charges to seventh place after starting at the back of the pack
for a post-qualifying engine change, moves up to top five in drivers
championship points

PR Newswire

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 22, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Just up the road from its
U.S.-corporate headquarters in Irvine, Calif., Kia Racing gave its fans reason
to cheer loudly with a top-five finish in Round 3 of the Pirelli World
Challenge (PWC) at Long Beach presented by Kia. Wilkins, whose turbocharged
Kia Optima got faster with each passing lap, was stalking the fourth-placed
Aston Martin late in the contest, but his bid for a podium finish was thwarted
when the 50-minute sprint race ended under caution. The top-five finish marks
the second in a row for Kia Racing and moves both drivers into the top five in
driver championship points heading into Round 4 at Circuit of the Americas
next month. By virtue of the strong performance, Kia held station in third in
the manufacturer championship.


"The Kinetic crew made a lot of progress on the car, and at the end of the
race we were definitely faster than the Aston Martin in front of us. We just
ran out of time to make a move," said Wilkins. "It's great to come out here
to Long Beach and race in front of all of the Kia team members and to meet so
many great people who support the racing program."

Wilkins' teammate, Nic Jonsson, charged through the field in his No. 36
turbocharged Optima to finish in seventh place, an impressive feat considering
he started at the back of the pack in 24th place after replacing an engine
following a turbo issue in the morning qualifying session. Jonsson's strong
finish allowed him to advance from seventh to fifth in the driver championship

"We definitely had some hurdles to overcome this weekend, but I'm proud of the
crew for doing an amazing job getting the No. 36 Optima into race condition
after our troubles in qualifying Sunday morning," said Jonsson. "To come away
from a brutal and demanding track like Long Beach with two top-ten finishes
and come pretty close to putting Kia Racing back on the podium for their home
race is just fantastic, and now we can turn our focus to Circuit of the
Americas next month."

On Friday, coinciding with the Pirelli World Challenge at Long Beach presented
by Kia, was the introduction of the No. 36 turbocharged Optima racing machine
into Cie Games' Car Town, a leading social game on the Facebook platform,
which allows its nearly 50 million lifetime players to collect and customize
virtual cars in garages of their own design and participate in challenges.

The Pirelli World Challenge at Long Beach presented by Kia is scheduled to air
on television Sunday, May 5 at 11:00 a.m. PT on the NBC Sports Network. Race
fans can also catch the latest news and updates from the track at Twitter at @KiaRacing.

Kia: One of the World's Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands
Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in
each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000
unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs,
Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining
European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter
Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable
pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined
the exclusive ranks ofInterbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands," and is
poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned
vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013. Over the past decade Kia
Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the
company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors
Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than
11,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built* Optima
andSorento in two of the industry's largest segments has fueled Kia's rapid
growth and is complemented by Kia's comprehensive lineup which includes the
Soul urban passenger vehicle,Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte
sedan, 5-door andKoup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the
Sedona minivan.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America 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 765 dealers throughout the United States and serves
as the "Official Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA. In 2012, KMA
recorded its best-ever annual sales total and gained U.S. market share for the
18th consecutive year. Kia is poised to continue its momentum and will
continue to build the brand through design innovation, quality, value,
advanced safety features and new technologies.

Information about Kia Motors America and its full vehicle line-up is available
at its website – media information, including photography,
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* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI
Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

SOURCE Kia Motors America

Contact: Scott McKee, 949.468.4813,, or Mike Ofiara, Kia
Motors America, 949.943.9376,
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