Kia Racing Scores Victory And Podium Finish In Pirelli World Challenge Doubleheader At The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

    Kia Racing Scores Victory And Podium Finish In Pirelli World Challenge
              Doubleheader At The Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix

Mark Wilkins leads Saturday's Round Six flag-to-flag in No. 38 turbocharged
Optima to capture Kia's first win of 2013 season and move into second place in
Driver Championship

- Wilkins successfully maneuvered around a late-race incident in Round Seven
on Sunday to secure a solid second place finish, and third-straight podium as
season hits midway point

- Kia Racing jumps to second place in the Manufacturer point standings

PR Newswire

DETROIT, June 4, 2013

DETROIT, June 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Racing made history in the Motor
City last weekend as the first Korean brand to capture the checkered flag at
the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, Round Six of the 2013 Pirelli World
Challenge (PWC). The win also marks the team's first victory of the season. A
second-place finish in Round Seven of the doubleheader weekend was the
third-straight podium finish for Kia driver Mark Wilkins. Wilkins' stellar
weekend behind the wheel of the No. 38 turbocharged Optima moves him into
second place in the Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Driver Championship as the
season hits the midway point. Leading into the weekend, Wilkins captured the
pole position for Round Six with a qualifying lap of 1:41.475 before leading
Saturday's 50-minute contest flag-to-flag to notch Kia Racing's first victory
since the PWC event at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in 2012. Wilkins'
dominating performance in Motown continued Sunday in Round Seven with a
second-place result, inching him closer to the GTS points lead.


"It's just awesome to have such a successful weekend in Detroit. Bringing
home the win on Saturday and taking second place on Sunday is a testament to
the team and the No. 38 Kia Optima. The new track configuration really suited
the Optima, and the Kinetic crew did an amazing job prepping the car for this
rough street circuit," said Wilkins, who found himself drenched in celebratory
champagne not once but twice in victory lane. "It was a huge weekend for us
in the point standings and keeps us on track for our goal of winning the GTS
Championship. We are looking forward to keeping the momentum going next month
at Lime Rock Park."

Kia Racing is now second in the GTS Manufacturer Championship point standings,
moving past Acura and trailing Chevrolet by only 16 points.

The weekend was not without its setbacks. Teammate Nic Jonsson's No. 36
turbocharged Optima sustained serious damage in Round Six Saturday morning and
was unable to finish the race or be repaired in time to participate in Round
Seven. Coming to the green flag, Jonsson made contact with Peter Cunningham's
Acura TSX. Jonsson spun head-on into the inside concrete wall, impacting it
hard and spinning wildly down the front straight. Amazingly, no other cars
were involved in the incident. Jonsson was uninjured and walked away from the
accident, however his Optima was not so lucky.

"It's disappointing to say the least. The car was running well and with a
fourth-place qualifying slot, we were poised to potentially hold two podium
positions by Saturday afternoon. We certainly didn't expect to be out of the
race on lap one," said Jonsson. "It's a shame when you consider how hard the
crew worked on the car between Austin and Detroit, but I'm happy for Mark. He
ran one heck of a weekend and is really riding some momentum right now. So,
big picture, I am happy for the Kia Racing team and Kinetic Motorsports as we
get ready for Lime Rock." Jonsson currently sits in 12th place in the Driver
Championship standings.

Kinetic Motorsports will head back to its shop in Buford, GA. to prepare and
repair the Optimas for yet another doubleheader weekend in Rounds Eight and
Nine at Lime Rock Park July 4-6.

Televised coverage of Rounds Six and Seven from Detroit Belle Isle is
scheduled to air Sunday, June 16 at 5 p.m. ET on the NBC Sports Network. Race
fans can always tune in online for live race coverage at, and catch the latest news and updates from the
track at can follow the team on Twitter at

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 of Interbrand'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 and
Sorento 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
Cadenza flagship sedan, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV,
Optima Hybrid, the Forte sedan, 5-door and Koup 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. 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
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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

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