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Another race weekend is upon us and the development continues on the Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koups. We were happy with the results from Homestead getting both cars to the checkered flag but we suffered again with bad gearing preventing the full...

Another race weekend is upon us and the development continues on the Infinity Audio Kia Forte Koups. We were happy with the results from Homestead getting both cars to the checkered flag but we suffered again with bad gearing preventing the full potential of the cars to come through. Grand-Am observed our dilemma and agreed to a specification change allowing us to install better final drive ratios (The Kia gearbox uses two final drives depending upon which gear is being used. As an example the final drive ratio for 3-4 is different than for 5-6 because they have different output shafts.).

We hope with the new ratios installed that we'll move up the field in Alabama and be in a better position and the end of the race. We are still struggling with 3rd gear issues and I'm told the team has made progress here and has done some, ahem, testing at the shop. Apparently we need to keep the racecars off the street for a while in Buford.

I'm also told that the team is getting to the bottom as to why the #10 car feels different from the #12 car. Apparently the difference is noticeable enough that we need to keep Nic and Andy away from the #12 car for fear they will switch the car numbers. I'm interested to learn more about what was learned when I get to the track and will report on it through our Facebook Kia Racing site, where you can also follow the weekend's activities live via my postings.

We go into this week full of optimism but also with an awareness of that racing is if nothing else unpredictable.

-source: kia

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