Kia Racing Heads North Of The Border To The Streets Of Toronto For Rounds Nine And Ten Of The Pirelli World Challenge

Kia Racing Heads North Of The Border To The Streets Of Toronto For Rounds Nine
                    And Ten Of The Pirelli World Challenge

Toronto Native Mark Wilkins and Teammate Nic Jonsson Aim to Extend Kia's Lead
in Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Manufacturer Championship Following Double
Victory at Road America

- Jonsson, driver of No. 36 Optima turbo, is front-runner in
GTS Driver Championship standings

- Canadian Wilkins, driver of No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo, is second in
title chase, just one point behind Kia Racing teammate Jonsson

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., July 16, 2014

IRVINE, Calif., July 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Coming off back-to-back triumphs
at Road America in rounds seven and eight, the Kia Racing team is en route to
Toronto to do battle north of the border in yet another Pirelli World
Challenge (PWC) doubleheader weekend for rounds nine and ten of the 16-race
season. Kia Racing drivers Nic Jonsson and Mark Wilkins are leading the Grand
Touring Sport (GTS) pack, ranking first and second, respectively, separated by
only one point. Meanwhile, Kia holds the top spot in the Manufacturer title
chase, ahead of Ford, Porsche, Chevy, Nissan, and Aston Martin. Success comes
at a price, however, as an extra 50 pounds of weight will be added to the
Optimas for this weekend's races, along with other technical changes made by
series officials.

Kia Racing heads to Toronto for rounds nine and ten of the Pirelli World

Toronto, Ontario, native Wilkins, pilot of the No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima
turbo, expects his home race to be a thriller thanks to the challenging
1.755-mile, 11-turn temporary street circuit that snakes through the downtown
cityscape. Finishing fourth at Toronto in 2013 and having scored a race win
and three podium finishes during the first half of 2014, Wilkins is excited to
carry his current momentum back to Canadian soil.

"I love to race in front of my home crowd. The Toronto circuit is demanding;
it's bumpy and different surface materials make for constantly changing levels
of grip," said Wilkins. "That said, I'm confident that the off-season testing
we did to improve the Optima's handling and braking package will serve us

As witnessed earlier this year on the streets of Long Beach, California, where
Kia Racing finished first and third, the front-wheel-drive, turbocharged,
four-cylinder Optimas are more than capable of holding their own on temporary
racing circuits against the rear-wheel-drive V8 pony cars and other more
exotic GTS entries from Porsche and Aston Martin. Facing another street
course this weekend, all PWC teams and drivers will be faced with the
challenge of quickly re-familiarizing themselves with the track layout and
then identifying the subtle changes that have occurred to these public roads
during a year's use by city traffic.

"We learned a lot from our race here last year that we are applying to this
weekend, and I'm hopeful that we can pull off another strong performance for
Kia and keep us on top of the Driver and Manufacturer points," said Jonsson.
"Street circuits are never exactly the same two years in a row, and when you
combine those unknown factors with the added ballast and other technical
changes from our victories at Road America, we know we have a big challenge
ahead of us – but we're up for it. The Kia Racing and Kinetic Motorsports crew
have been working hard to keep our cars reliable and competitive all season,
and it shows in the results."

The action-packed rounds nine and ten of the PWC at The Streets of Toronto
take place Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20. NBC Sports Network will air
the televised coverage of the GTS rounds on Sunday, August 10 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Live coverage of the competition is viewable online at, and race fans can keep up-to-date with the team via
the Kia Racing Facebook page at and by following
along on Twitter: @KiaRacing.

About Kia Motors America
Kia Motors America (KMA) is the marketing and distribution arm of Kia Motors
Corporation based in Seoul, South Korea. KMA proudly serves as the "Official
Automotive Partner" of the NBA and LPGA and surpassed the 500,000 annual sales
mark for the second consecutive year in 2013 following the launch of seven
all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles. KMA offers a complete line of
vehicles, including the rear-drive K900 flagship sedan[1], Cadenza premium
sedan, Sorento CUV, Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima
midsize sedan, Optima Hybrid, the Forte compact sedan, Forte5 and Forte Koup,
Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona midsize multi-purpose vehicle,
through a network of more than 765 dealers across the United States. Kia's
U.S. manufacturing plant in West Point, Georgia, builds the Optima* and
Sorento* and is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 plant and
supplier jobs.

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*The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are
assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.
[1] 2015 K900 V8 available in select trims and in select markets with limited

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SOURCE Kia Motors America

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