Kia Racing Captures Second In Pirelli World Challenge Manufacturer Championship At Wild Season Finale On The Streets Of Houston

      Kia Racing Captures Second In Pirelli World Challenge Manufacturer
         Championship At Wild Season Finale On The Streets Of Houston

Kia Racing's Mark Wilkins wraps the season with his sixth podium finish in the
No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo, securing third in the Grand Touring Sport
(GTS) Class Driver Championship

- Mark Wilkins posts fastest lap of the race en route to third-place finish at
Houston, Kia Racing's sixth podium performance of 2013, including victories at
Detroit and Mid-Ohio

- Nic Jonsson, driver of the No. 36 Optima turbo, finishes
the season 10th

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., Oct. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The 2013 Pirelli World Challenge
season finale was a three-way, sudden-death shootout for the Grand Touring
Sports (GTS) class driver championship, with only Kia Racing's Mark Wilkins,
Camaro driver Lawson Aschenbach and Porsche driver Jack Baldwin remaining with
a shot at the title. Instead of a high-noon, frontier-town duel, the setting
for this showdown was a tight and rain-soaked 1.7-mile street circuit near
Reliant Park in Houston. And when the brake dust settled, Wilkins emerged
third, securing second place for Kia in the manufacturer championship.


Entering the race ranked third and trailing leader Baldwin by 47 points,
Wilkins needed to finish on the top step of the podium for a chance at the
championship. Even then, he could only clinch the title if his two closest
rivals finished a few places behind. The situation was made even more
complicated when a last-minute decision by race officials to modify the track
for safety reasons forced the cancellation of qualifying. Drivers would grid
for the start according to their position in points, and the race would begin
under a full-course caution to allow the field to acclimate to the
treacherously wet track.

"We just had to be smooth and get the most out of the car in difficult
circumstances. We struggled a bit in the wet, but the Optima turbo absolutely
came alive as the track dried out," said Wilkins, who set the fastest lap of
the race in GTS with a time of 1:21.338. "I really have to thank Kia Motors
America, its team members, Kinetic Motorsports and everyone involved in the
Kia Racing program for this great opportunity. It's an honor to drive the No.
38 Optima for this team. We have made huge strides in just two years, and I
cannot wait to see where 2014 takes us."

Teammate Nic Jonsson, driver of the No. 36 Optima turbo,
finished the race in 12^th place, ending the challenging season 10^th in the
driver championship. Jonsson set the second-fastest race lap of the weekend
(1:22.238) behind his teammate, but an electrical issue slowed his pace and
kept him out of contention.

"Racing demonstrates the power, performance and reliability of Kia vehicles,
and on-track success – especially among such world-class competition – adds to
the allure of the Kia brand," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president
of marketing and communications, KMA. "We are very proud of Mark and the
entire Kia Racing team and grateful for their hard work and dedication. We
look forward to even greater success together in 2014 and beyond."

Televised coverage of Round 14 of the Pirelli World Challenge at Houston will
air on Sunday, October 20 at 4 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 Follow the team on 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 moved
up in the exclusive ranking of Interbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands" after
joining the list for the first time last year, and the company 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 14,000 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 Cadenza flagship sedan, Soul
urban passenger vehicle,Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte sedan,
Forte5, andForte 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 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 – For 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

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