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Kia Racing Extends Championship Lead Following Podium Performances In Rounds 11 And 12 At Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

Kia Leads Pirelli World Challenge Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Manufacturer Championship by a Nine Point Margin Ahead of Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Nissan and Aston Martin

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 5, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Kia Racing scored back-to-back podium finishes during the team's latest outing for rounds 11 and 12 of the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  With only four races remaining in the 16-race PWC season, Kia extended its lead in the Grand Touring Sport (GTS) Manufacturer Championship to nine points, ahead of rivals Ford, Chevrolet, Porsche, Nissan and Aston Martin.  Scoring third-and fourth-place finishes, Mark Wilkins, driver of the No. 38 B.R.A.K.E.S. Optima turbo, widened his lead in the GTS Driver Championship to 143 points, while teammate Nic Jonsson, pilot of the No. 36 DonorsChoose.org Optima, moved up one spot to second in the title chase following his double-podium weekend.   

Kia Racing scores podium performances at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course doubleheader.

"It was a great weekend for us in the points.  We lost some ground Saturday to the Fords, but came back strong Sunday, when the Kia Optima was simply awesome," said Wilkins, who made a terrific last-lap pass in Sunday's race to land on the podium for the sixth time this season.  "The championship is still very much up for grabs; we all know that, but we are keeping our heads down and remaining focused on the last two doubleheaders of the season, at Sonoma Raceway and Miller Motorsports Park."

The action-packed weekend saw nearly 50 GT and GTS cars take the green flag on the scenic Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  Weather played a major role in Saturday's race as it was cut short due to heavy rain and severe lightning in the area.  Scheduled for 50 minutes, the race was ultimately red flagged at the 35-minute mark and the field subsequently frozen with Jonsson and Wilkins scored in third and fourth place, respectively.

Starting third (Jonsson) and sixth (Wilkins) for Sunday's round, the Kia Racing pilots showed equal parts precision and aggression, carefully choosing their opportunities for passing in the midst of fierce battles.  After a full-course caution bunched the field late in the race, Jonsson and Wilkins made the most of the restart, each picking up a spot when the green flag waved to commence the short sprint to the finish.  On the final lap, Wilkins made a phenomenal pass on Dean Martin's Ford Mustang to take the final podium spot and further limit Ford's points total in the Manufacturer Championship.  When the checkered flag waved, Jonsson was second and Wilkins third.  The double podium marks the third time this season both Kia drivers have shared podium celebrations, which also occurred at Long Beach and Road America.

NBC Sports Network will air the televised coverage of the GTS rounds on Sunday, August 10, at 1:30 p.m. ET. Fans can also watch live streaming online at www.world-challengetv.com, and race fans can keep up-to-date with the team via the Kia Racing Facebook page at www.facebook.com/kiaracing 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 sedan1, 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.

Information about KMA and its full vehicle line-up is available at www.kia.com. For media information, including photography, visit www.kiamedia.com.  To receive custom email notifications for press releases the moment they are published, subscribe at www.kiamedia.com/us/en/newsalert.

*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 availability.

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