Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood drove the No. 12 Infinity Audio Kia Koup to its first GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race finish for Kinetic Motorsports on Friday at Daytona International Speedway as the new Street Tuner (ST) class...
Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood drove the No. 12 Infinity Audio Kia Koup to its first GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race finish for Kinetic Motorsports on Friday at Daytona International Speedway as the new Street Tuner (ST) class machine made a debut appearance in GRAND-AM competition.
The race outing marked the first exposure to the new Kia Koup for the 2007 Champions Burrows and Hopwood, and after quickly getting familiar with some new faces at Kinetic Motorsports as part of the teams expanded program to support the Kia effort, the new machine, and the new Continental Tire, the two were back in typical fast form in practice and qualifying on Thursday ahead of Friday's 2.5-hour race event.
The No. 12 Infinity Audio Kia Koup and the sister No. 10 machine sport a 2.4-liter four cylinder motor that powers the front wheels. The Koup is the latest product offering from rapidly growing Kia Motors America.
The Fresh From Florida 200, which boasted nearly 80 entries on the combined-class grid, was once again a competitive affair. With the Kinetic Motorsports ST program making the very first laps in official competition on Friday, the debut running for the Koup targeted a run to the checkered flag, and all the data to go with it as the program for the machine looks to pick up speed in the coming races.
Those goals were met when the No. 12 scored a 19th place finish in the ST Class as the Koup crossed the start finish line under the waving checkered flag for the first time.
"This was a great weekend for us," said Hopwood, who started the race from behind the wheel and had to use some lighting quick decision making to avoid a spinning car in his path during his stint. "We were really impressed with the car and the potential that it has. Everybody in the paddock wanted to see it and with good reason-it looks fantastic and the attention to detail is second to none. I can't wait to drive it again!"
"Our goals this weekend were to just get as much time in the car as we could and the race was a perfect success to that end," said Burrows. "You can feel the excitement around this car and the Kia program all through the paddock. The car did exactly what we asked it to do all weekend long and we didn't miss a moment of track time with any problems, which is an amazing feat for a car's first ever weekend. I was very proud to drive the Koup across the finish line today for the team and everyone at Kia that is so suportive of this program. We are all looking forward to building on this great start."
-source: burrows hopwood PR